Dentistry is well within the world of science that is constantly changing and improving. The years of painful invasive dentistry are falling away and a new frontier of scientific advancement is making dentistry more comfortable, functional, faster and with fewer surprises. One example of an emerging technology, is the use of computer-aided design, or CAD and computer-aided manufacturing, or CAM. This technology allows dentists to digitally plan onlays, inlays, crowns, veneers, bridges, full-mouth reconstructions orthodontic work and dentures. This form of technology is now found in about 16% of practices in the United States and is increasing.
Increasing comfort covers different areas, some of which include inlays, braces and dentures. For example, in the past, to insert a filling (inlay) or a cap (crown), a dentist would have to drill to remove the decay then shave it down to make room for the new equipment. Then you have to bite down on a mold of gooey ooze that would eventually harden but would make some people gag or just be difficult to fit in a small mouth. There are now 3-D imaging scanners that eliminate the goop and provide a more accurate map of the mouth. These also limit radiation exposure by focusing on only one part of the mouth.
Along the lines of both form and function, modern dentures now actually fit like they should thanks to digital technology. Modern dentures are more comfortable, more hygienic, and simply work better. They are milled by computers using pucks of hygienic acrylic.
Are you curious about what new and emerging technologies Lifetime Family Dental utilizes or plan to utilize in the near future? Contact us today to schedule your cleaning and chat about what new advancements await in the world of dentistry. Don’t forget to check back for our next installment outlining some other exciting new technologies.
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