The world of dentistry is changing fast and it’s in no small part due to new advancements in technologies. Patients and dentists alike are seeing real advantages with new dental tech. Here are some of the best new dental technologies changing oral care.
1. Tooth brush
Finding the right toothbrush is the first step to good oral care. The tooth brush has been around for almost a hundred years. While most toothbrushes resemble the original design, some have made real advancements. Today’s dental experts recommend using an electric tooth brush. Electric toothbrushes come in a wide array of choices and price points. Some have basic electric oscillation, while advanced brushes add additional vibration, and rotation.
Some of the best electric tooth brushes are loaded with options like, settings for sensitive teeth, gum massaging and extra whitening capabilities. Some have pressure sensors which alert the user to overly hard brushing, while others even have built-in sensors which let you know when it’s time to replace the brush head. Most come with chargers to ensure your brush is fully powered and ready to go even when on the go.
Prices can vary from a few dollars to over a hundred dollars. This may sound like a lot for a toothbrush but the costs can even-out over the life of the brush, as most electric brushes last longer than other traditional brushes. Be sure to consult with your dentist on which toothbrush is best for you.
2. Laser Dentistry:
Nothing sounds more futuristic than lasers. While it might seem crazy to imagine lasers and oral care in the same sentence, laser tech is changing dental care for the better. Dental laser tech is proving to be more efficient for both the patient and the doctor. Laser tech is helping to eliminate oral discomfort in many procedures which were traditionally long and painful. Lasers are being used to help fill cavities, mitigate tooth sensitivity, whiten teeth, and even remove oral tumors.
The process is proving to be really fast, reducing patient care time. This is good for both the patient and the doctor. Laser care is not only faster but nearly painless, which is a very good thing. Laser tech is also very good at eliminating all forms of bacteria, which is the leading cause of plaque, tarter, and dental complications. Laser treatment is ensuring patients avoid future problems and keeping patients’ teeth and mouths clean and healthy for longer periods of time.
3. Digital solutions and online support:
The world of dentistry is going digital. Dentists and patients are seeing digital tech driving the industry and making oral care simple and effective. Online resources are allowing easy communication between doctor and patient.
New digital dental practice solutions are helping doctors reach patients through automated systems over email and cell phones for updates, reminders and more. Solutionreach, a leading voice in dental practice solutions, writes that digital platforms increase revenue and reduce cost. These new tech systems are allowing more efficient doctor/patient communication through, patient outreach, automated reminders, unlimited custom messaging, and built-in appointment confirmation. Digital solutions can make the hassle of scheduling appointments much easier. Online support systems are making it easier for doctors and patients alike.
This new dental tech is allowing doctors and patients the ability to better see, in real time, what’s going on inside the mouth. This camera resembles a wand-like device that can take images from inside the mouth and project them onto a screen that can be seen by both the doctor and the patient. These images can show fractured teeth, gum disease, broken fixes and damaged fillings.
This new tech is allowing doctors to better assist potential problems and gives the patient the ability to see for themselves any potential issues. This means the doctor can see the problem first hand taking the guess work away from the solutions and treatment options. These images are so good they can even be used as documentation for insurance claims meaning more patients are ensured better and more reliable insurance coverages.
5. Air Abrasion:
Air abrasion is a fast and painless way to remove tooth decay and/or prepare a tooth for a fixing procedure. Using compressed air to gently blast teeth with aluminum oxide for better cleaning and preparation of the tooth surface. The procedure is fast a relatively painless and can be done without the use of anesthesia.
This is a great new option for patients who dislike needles, the sound of the drill, or tooth vibration. While this procedure cannot be used for every issue it can be used in many situations that previously required more painful treatments. Air abrasion means less pain, less fear, and better oral health.
– Submitted by Katherine Smith