Rapid advancements in dental care technology may make fear of the dentist a thing of the past. These four leading-edge techniques mean less pain, faster recovery times and superior disease detection to fix common oral woes.
For patients terrified of the sound and smell of a dental drill, air abrasion is a magnificent alternative. Air abrasion works like a sandblaster. A stream of fine aluminum oxide or silica grit wears away decayed material while excess grit is suctioned away. In addition to eliminating the dreaded heat and sound of drilling, it is more comfortable, saves more of the tooth and can be used on multiple areas in one visit. It is most often used to prepare a tooth for a filling.
Pinhole Surgical Technique
Pinhole Surgical Technique, or PST, is a suture-free method of repairing a receding gumline. A tiny hole is made in the gums, and a specialized tool is threaded into it. The dentist can then loosen the gumline and pull it over exposed dental roots. Strips of collagen are used to hold the gum in place while it heals. The technique is significantly less risky and less painful than traditional grafting. According to Knellinger Dental Excellence, PST boasts a 90% success rate.
VELscope is one of the best early detection tools in the modern dentist’s toolkit. VELscope uses a harmless, blue light that makes healthy tissue fluoresce. Unhealthy tissue remains dark and is easy for the dentist to see. VELscope can be used to detect damage, cancer and both viral and bacterial infection long before it can be seen with the naked eye. Early detection is crucial for optimal recovery and prevents tissue loss. In the case of oral cancer, survival rates are an astonishing 83% when the cancer is detected early.
Like an architect makes a model of a structure before building, CAD Cam allows dentists to create a perfect model of teeth without taking a dental impression. CAD Cam is a pen-sized, laser imaging system that makes a 3D model of a patient’s mouth. Dental prosthetics, including crowns, bridges, implants and veneers, made using the imaging look and feel more like natural teeth.
The next time you go to the dentist, do not be surprised if your care is accompanied by some new gadgets. The latest and greatest in dental care technology helps prevent and treat disease better than ever before.