The New Age of Dentistry

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Several weeks ago, I had the unfortunate luck of breaking my bottom denture and had to make an appointment to see a recommended dentist; the last time I had seen one was roughly three years ago and discovered she was no longer available. 

When I did go for my appointment, I was amazed at how advanced the technology was compared to what I was accustomed to, so I decided to dig deeper into how technology in this field has changed.  Utilizing the information that is provided on their website, here is a look at how advancements in technology have ushered in a new age of dentistry.

The New Way of Digital Scanning is Known as iTero

When I originally needed to get my upper dentures years ago, the method used for clinical impression taking was not a pleasant experience.  Today, there is a new method to replace this traditional and uncomfortable procedure known as iTero.  This is powered through the use of proprietary technology which allows the dentist to utilize a digital scan of the patient’s bite and teeth, perform possible adjustments needed in real-time and finally transmit the data digitally.

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Digital scans are considered the next level within advancements in technology for Invisalign, where this type of scan is literally and digitally perfect.  When looking at this level of precision, it virtually eliminates patients needing to have another impression; this means the need for having remakes becomes a thing of the past.  The procedure is also considered to be one of the painless and simplest procedures that would occur in daily orthodontic therapy.

X-rays Have Become Digital

Incidentally, my history of bad teeth and gums is more than just bad genetics, rather from the side-effects associated with radiation therapy; I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease when I was twenty-one and the one-month treatment that put my cancer in remission played havoc with my gums and teeth.  Since I spent over twenty years going back and forth to dentists, I truly have seen how technology in this field has continued to progress, such as with taking x-rays of one’s mouth.

Digital x-rays have become the modern alternative than the old-fashioned days of taking x-rays.  This computer-based system creates pictures virtually in an instant and they are of excellent quality that can be viewed on a computer monitor (the techie in me loved being a part of this process).  Naturally, this system has a variety of advantages compared to original x-rays, such as producing large pictures that are easy to manipulate in various ways.

Seeing every angle of what is being x-rayed leads to a more viable diagnosis as well as achieving successful treatment scenarios.  Another benefit allows the patient (like myself) a better understanding of what their dental situation and how it can be resolved.  Finally, the most important benefit to undergoing digital x-rays is a greater reduction of radiation that is emitted; this is 90% less radiation a patient is exposed to than with traditional x-rays.

Oraquix Means No More Shots for Deep Cleaning!

Thanks to advances in how certain procedures are handled, the fear that comes for many when knowing it is time to go for a cleaning is becoming a thing of the past, thanks to a product known as Oraquix.  This product opens the door to a painless way for the hygienist to anesthetize a patient’s gums before root planning and scaling procedures.  The hygienist takes a blunt tip applicator to administer the Oraquix on your periodontal pockets.

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The reason Oraquix is so effective is it contains prilocaine periodontal gel and lidocaine that within 30 seconds will anesthetize your gums!  This anesthetic is developed by Dentsply Sirona, which has for over 100 years has been supporting dentists with their products.  Those who wish to know more about the product or Dentsply Sirona can click on the following link.

Going Green & Teeth Whitening

Though this is not a new concept, dentist offices are answering the call to go paperless like other businesses have been doing; however, their reasons are different than just trying to save trees.  When patient’s records are kept paperless, the office staff can expedited office processes and patient care, such as easily locating information regarding a patient’s records, scheduling appointments and dental images. 

Furthermore, treatment rooms have computers in them, so a patient can see their own dental images and records during their visit.  Also, treatment planning and visual tooth charting enables the patient to have a better picture of their current condition as well as understanding recommended treatment options; this applied to my visit where I could either replace just my bottom denture and wait another time to replace the top as well or the better option of doing both at the same time.  Finally, using electronic claim submissions allows those with insurance to have quicker resolutions regarding their claims.

One last thing to point out involves the process known as teeth whitening.  The process being offered is supposed to be the latest in bleaching known as Zoom; it takes only 45 minutes where the result is a Hollywood smile.  Though there are plenty of commercials that promise positive teeth-whitening results using products that can be used at home, Philips Zoom in-office teeth whitening claims their process is the real deal.

When viewing their website, Philips boasts their process will allow a patient to unlock their smile that is up to eight shades whiter in just forty-five minutes, plus the bonus of having tremendous results with little or no sensitivity!  Since they say that no wonder millions of people have already trusted us with whitening their smiles, feel free to learn more about this process on their website.

There are other advances that I could mention; however, what I have already stated is enough to realize how the field of dentistry has evolved thanks to improvements in technology.  Thankfully, the new age of dentistry continues to improve on achieving the best results for the care of their patients.