Having healthy and sparkling white teeth isn’t just good for personal hygiene but a great confidence booster. The whiter, the better! However, would you rather be anywhere else but the Dentists'? You aren’t alone. Dental phobia is real. There are a couple of reasons for dental phobia, but the pain from traditional dental procedures tops the list.
If you've ever suffered dental complications, you'll agree that dental patients could do with a pain-free procedure. When the mouth suffers, other parts of the body suffer too as it affects one’s performance. It’s a sigh of relief that technology has made maintaining good oral hygiene easier through advanced dental care facilities.
Here are 3 ways technology has improved the way patients get dental care.
1. Easier tooth cavity detection
Don’t we all dislike that awkward moment the dentist explores our mouths, poking at our teeth like a scavenger in search of a lost treasure? No matter how careful and gentle they try to be, all that movement can be a little disturbing.
Detecting tooth cavity is no longer an ultimate search. This can now be done with so much ease with the use of a high tech device called the diode laser. The laser tooth decay detector is programmed to ascertain the absence or presence of infection in the teeth. In the case of an infection, its advanced features detect the degree, giving the dentist adequate information about an effective treatment plan. Given that nearly all Americans have tooth decay, this will cater to a large number of people and improve treatment procedures.
2. Better bonding and filling
Ever chipped a tooth? Having a great fix to make it look like nothing happened would be a good idea to get over the experience. But traditional dental care makes bonding and filling chipped tooth far from perfection as they leave traces of an anomaly. With technology enhanced procedures, on the other hand, it’s a whole different game - bonding and filling can be done creating a natural looking tooth.
To achieve good results, Dentists make use of a plastic material called resin. Brighter and stronger than what was used in the past, adequate layers are filled in the tooth to create a smooth surface. Dr. Oscar Rivera Vazquez of Good Samaritan Dental explains that ‘‘resin comes in a variety of shades that enable dentists to blend it to the actual tooth color for an even appearance.’’
3. Stronger tooth implants
For most of us, losing a tooth especially in a visible area in the mouth is a nightmare as it could affect our self-esteem. Having a beautiful smile may not be so exciting anymore. We need another tooth as soon as possible without having to wait forever as is the case with the traditional dental procedure.
Getting a good replacement can be a tedious and painful process when done manually as it involves drilling, not even the anesthesia administered can take away all the pain. There’s also the risk of losing replaced tooth in minor accidents due to its fragility.
With the use of an ICAT machine, patients can get a new implant and 3D cut crown upon a single visit with very little pain during the procedure. A lot of successes have been recorded in this regard as over 95% of dental implants carried out by qualified professionals are successful.
The interior of our mouth may be hidden but it's just as important as the most visible parts of our body. A healthy mouth begets a healthy body; it’s the door into our system.
Nobody likes pain, not even adults. With advanced technology in dental care, people are motivated to pay more visits to the dentist’s as the pain they experience is reduced drastically.