When it comes to dental technology, some might assume that incorporating new age instruments and methods is simply a way for practices to appear fancy or drive up the prices of dental care. On the contrary, the Consumer Guide to Dentistry explains that new technologies are developed with a focus on creating products and techniques that dentists can use to prevent, diagnose and/or treat dental conditions and diseases early and effectively. What’s more is that treatment is more efficient and more comfortable than before, meaning that patients can experience a higher level of care.
Whenever possible, dentists aim to preserve as much of a tooth’s original structure as possible when providing care. Thus, as an alternative to a conventional dental drill, an air-abrasion system is a leading technology used to treat small cavities. The primary benefit of this system is that it removes decay with such precision that there is no need for a local anesthetic. Yet, most importantly, the structure of the tooth remains intact as less stress is placed on teeth.
A second advancement that is revolutionizing the way in which dental restorations are fabricated is the Computer Assisted Design and Manufacture Technology, also known as CAD/CAM. For instance, for inlays, onlays, porcelain veneers, dental crowns or dental veneers, the CAD/CAM system allows restorations to be designed and completed in a single dental visit. Not only does this save time, patients can avoid the hassle of wearing temporary solutions until their final restoration is complete.
Similarly, the use of 3-D technology continues to help dentists in the planning and execution of special services, including replacing missing teeth. For example, when viewing the jawbone and other surrounding structures, a CAT scan is useful in providing safe and accurate treatment. Digital radiographs are used to capture images of a treatment area that are then projected onto a computer screen for both dentists and patients to view.
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Dr. Leia Porcaro remains a trusted dentist serving Marietta and communities throughout East Cobb. With a high value placed on preventative care, Dr. Porcaro utilizes the latest in dental advancements and technologies to provide patients with quality dentistry that is both comfortable and personal. If you are looking for a dentist for your family, call Grateful Dental today to schedule an appointment.