One of the major goals of dentistry is prevention. By preventing tooth decay, gingivitis, periodontal disease, and more, you can save money, time, discomfort, and most importantly, your teeth and your oral health. Your oral health can be a reflection of your overall health. With all of this in mind, dental research has provided advanced technologies to help us prevent, or at least diagnose, dental issues before they become extreme. Dental technology is all about making your life easier.
Types of Dental Technology
While the first and foremost goal is to prevent dental issues from developing in the first place, the nature of our oral cavity–the mere fact that at any given moment in time it is rife with harmful oral bacteria– can thwart our most diligent attempts at prevention. As a result, there are several types of technology that we use to help diagnose dental problems before they become too advanced and cost you extra money, time, and discomfort.
Digital X-Rays: Digital X-rays provide immediate, high-resolution images of your teeth, gums, jawbone, and oral structures. Digital X-rays are also much safer than traditional X-rays because they produce up to 90 percent less radiation.
Intra-Oral Cameras: When there are areas of oral tissue that are difficult to see with the naked eye, intra-oral cameras provide high-resolution, magnified, real-time video feed, so we can get a clear picture of hard-to-see places in your oral cavity.
Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) Scans: For complex procedures, such as surgically placing a dental implant, CBCT scans provide 3D images that are far more detailed than standard digital X-rays. This provides for a safer, more precise surgical strategy.
Laser Dentistry: Laser dentistry allows minor oral surgical procedures to be performed without the use of a scalpel or the need for sutures. Therefore, procedures are faster, there is less discomfort, and healing time is reduced.
DIAGNOdent Laser Cavity Detection: DIAGNOdent is a special advanced technology that detects the earliest signs of tooth decay that other imaging technology cannot.