19 Oct Technologies that Are Changing the Way You Get Dental Care
Every day, the world around you is growing increasingly high tech, and so is dental care. Many patients prefer to go to a dental office that features sophisticated medical technologies. These innovations offer convenience, comfort, and better oral health.
Improving Patient Comfort During Procedures
A unique device by Isolite Systems has made old-fashioned bite blocks obsolete. It’s a unique mouthpiece that comfortably and gently holds the mouth open. Patients can rest their jaws and relax while having procedures performed. This can be particularly helpful for patients with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, for whom keeping the mouth open for a long period of time can be uncomfortable. This device also creates a well-lit field, allowing the dentist to work more precisely and quickly. Additionally, the Isolite System continuously removes excess saliva and debris, and puts up a barrier to prevent any debris from entering the patient’s throat.
Detecting Tooth Decay
Diagnodent is an FDA-approved and ADA-approved device that helps dentists more accurately identify areas of tooth decay. Diagnodent uses a safe fluorescent laser to expose cavities that may be hidden to the naked eye. It scans each tooth and records its own reflected laser light. More light is reflected back at the device when a tooth contains decay. The dentist determines this by checking the digital readout.
Getting Permanent Crowns Right Away
The old-fashioned way of getting a dental crown is having the impressions made, sending the impressions to a lab, and waiting two to three weeks for the lab to make the crown. This is still a common way of making crowns, but some dental offices have made the switch to CEREC. With CEREC technology, the dentist can make a digital impression and have the new crown milled right in the office. That means you can receive your permanent crown during that same appointment!
The office of John Carson, DDS is proud to feature all of these technologies in our state-of-the-art dental clinic in Tucson. For general, restorative, or cosmetic dentistry services, call our friendly staff at (520) 514-7203.