How Dental Technology is Helping Dentists Work Smarter
Imagine if the only way you could communicate with someone is by writing a letter and putting it in the mail. Is it effective? Yes, but is it convenient? Absolutely not. While that may have been how people communicated years ago, computers and smartphones have made it so we can send an email in a matter of seconds. Not only has this type of technology enabled us to work quicker, but it’s also helping us to work smarter.
The same can be said for dental technologies. Although a dentist uses his eyes and hands to check for problems in your mouth, he can only see what’s on the surface. But what about what lies beneath the gum line? By using many of the new available technologies, your dentist can get a full picture of your mouth and provide more efficient and accurate diagnoses during your visit.
These technologies also enable him to perform certain procedures that shorten the healing time for you and reduce the amount of pain you’ll feel afterward.
Whether it’s taking an x-ray or placing a dental crown, the advancements in dental technology are helping dentists work smarter for your benefit.
Types of Dental Technology
Millions of dollars are spent on dental technology, and it’s up to your dentist to determine which ones are best for his practice and patients. For a dentist who offers comprehensive services, it’s in his best interest to provide the machines and technology to keep from having to refer clients to other dentist offices for treatment.
Some of the technologies you might see the next time you visit your dentist include:
- Digital X-Rays: Instead of worrying about too much radiation exposure, dentists can now take digital x-rays that emit 90% less radiation and produce higher quality images.
- Digital Impressions: If you can’t stand the messy dental putty that’s used to capture an impression of your mouth, you don’t have to worry anymore! By using a handheld device, your dentist can quickly scan your mouth and a 3D image will appear on a nearby monitor.
- Laser Dentistry: Need a cosmetic gum lift? Maybe you have gum disease below the gum line? Using a handheld laser, your dentist can remove tooth decay, eliminate gum disease bacteria, and even lift your gums. It uses no heat, sound or vibration, so you can stay relaxed during the procedure.
- Cavity Detection System: Using a DIAGNOdent, this device scans your teeth for decay. Not only does it help to quickly care for any dental damage, but it helps to preserve more of your teeth. It saves patients time and money because it reduces the chances of needing restorative services in the future.
- CEREC: If you need same day dentistry in Park City, you’ll be surprised to learn that you can receive same-day crowns with the help of CEREC technology. Using a 3D scan of your tooth, your dentist will use the machine to digitally design your crown before moving it to the in-house milling machine. This will carve your crown from a piece of dental porcelain. Once it’s finished creating your crown, your dentist will place it and you’ll be on your way. The entire process only takes 1 to 2 hours!
By investing in these new technologies, your dentist is not only staying abreast of the latest advancements in the field of dentistry, but it also shows a commitment to providing the very best for patients.
About the Author
Dr. Cody Calderwood attended Brigham Young University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. He then went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Maryland. Dr. Calderwood is constantly looking for ways to improve his practice, which is why he invests in some of the latest and greatest technologies. Not only do they provide more accurate results, but this level of commitment on his part saves you time and money! Visit our website or call (435) 649-4343 to learn more about how we can help you.