Your biggest childhood (or maybe even adulthood) trauma is now on steroids! Jokes aside, the dental industry has really come a long way and improved in so many areas. Everything is now better, faster and more precise, with, of course, better resolution. Many new players have hit the market with a whole bunch of interesting and useful concepts and ideas such as these listed below. Let’s check them out.
Improved dental implants
Indeed, implants have been here for almost as long as stomatology itself, but there were always some tweaks to systems when it comes to the surgical side. However, lately, the companies have been continuing to follow the internal conical connection which has shown success and launched non-tapered, straight implants which offered that connection. Also, new and improved dental implants now have the ability to come with angled drivers in order to access the hole at the right angle. It is enough to say that today’s implants have 95 percent success rate.
Earlier, the dentists would use their metal dental tools to explore your teeth and find cavities. Nowadays, more and more dentists are rather using diode lasers instead. The way these lasers work is that they expose teeth to a certain wavelength giving away higher readings as soon as it encounters any form of tooth decay. They work best with teeth that have no fillings, though, but it can still provide earlier cavity detection so the dentist is able to decide whether he will watch the progress of the decay, or remove and fill it.
More and more dentists are opting for digital X rays instead of radiographs, since X rays have improved a lot lately. The dentist places an electronic sensor in your mouth, scans it, and sends the report to his computer for a detailed view. This technique is, logically, a lot faster than using and processing conventional films. As well as that, the dentist can save the images on his computer and compare them with other previous or future images in order to track your health. Also, digital X rays can help find cavities, reveal the bone level below your teeth, and give the dentist a way to check your implant placement.
Feel free to forget about braces, because the new era in dental industry is finally here. Invisalign is a new, ground-breaking treatment that will straighten your teeth in an almost invisible way. Plus, you can remove it when you want to brush your teeth, eat or floss. These clear plastic aligners come in several types: there is invisalign full that uses digital 3D technology and the treatment lasts from 6 to 18 months. Besides this one, there is also invisalign lite, which is perfect for people that have minor alignment issues and the treatment doesn’t last longer than 6 months; invisalign i7 makes minor adjustments, such as one or two misaligned teeth, while invisalign teen is virtually invisible and can be taken off whenever because the blue dot indicator will keep track of how long you’ve worn it. The best results are achieved when the implant is worn around 20 hours a day. If this sounds tempting to you, and you’re reading this in the Land Down Under, you can do quality invisalign treatment in Maroubra – so book your appointment today.
Because of new and improved materials, teeth veneers are now a lot thinner than before, which means that patients will preserve a lot more of their natural tooth during placement. The custom made porcelain shells still require some modifications, but thinner material requires a lot less removal of the tooth surface.
The digital impression systems can capture intraoral scans of your teeth and gingival tissue in order to create a digital 3D model that can further be used for CAD/CAM dentistry. The popularity of these systems is rapidly growing because they are simplifying the impression process, increasing accuracy, and decreasing the procedure time. They also eliminate the patient’s discomfort while using the traditional impression materials, and those 3D models are a lot more accurate and detailed. The capture is safe and non-invasive, and the scans are instantly ready for usage.
Once your digital impression is done, you will no longer receive a green stone model, but rather a lifelike, full color model of your own jaw that shows the difference in teeth and gum tissue. This way you will be able to see the complete state of your mouth clearly.
Even though all these procedures are becoming widely used now, scientists and dentists are working every day to still enhance everything that can be improved. We just cannot wait to see what the future will bring us.