The Importance of Dental Technology
Both dentists and patients benefit from dental technology. Thanks to the many advances in dental technology, oral health problems can be detected earlier and treated faster. Today, oral health solutions are more promising than ever.
How Dental Technology Improves Oral Health
When you visit your dentist office or the dental aisle at your local pharmacy, you may find that dental technology, instruments, and treatment have changed since you were a child. Thanks to modern technologies, dentists can now identify and treat many problems more conveniently and efficiently than traditional methods. Let’s look at some of the ways advances in dental technology have helped patients at home and in the dental office.
As with flossing, water flossing removes the food stuck between your teeth. It also removes bacteria before it hardens into plaque. Plaque can turn into tartar and lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Your toothbrush can’t get into those tiny spaces where plaque forms, making water flossing a great tool to prevent gum disease and bleeding gums.
The American Dental Association says water flossing with products labeled with the ADA Seal of Acceptance can eliminate plaque.
Ultrasonic toothbrushes on the market today offer frequencies up to over 50,000 brushes per minute. Ultrasonic toothbrushes clean teeth not through physical movements, but through high-frequency vibrations called ultrasound to remove plaque and food debris. Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics recommends Phillips Sonicare as our preferred ultrasonic toothbrush.
How Dentists Use Dental Technology To Improve Your Smile
Like all medical fields, dentistry has taken advantage of these advances to improve procedures, treatments, and outcomes for our patients. Below are some examples of how technology has transformed dental services for patients.
iTero: Intraoral 3D Scanner
The iTero Intraoral 3D Scanner is a touch-controlled scanner that provides a closer look at your mouth, gums, teeth, and all other oral structures. The best part about using this device is that it facilitates the creation of digital impressions for Invisalign and other orthodontic procedures.
Overjet AI is an artificial intelligence-based dental technology tool that helps dentists and hygienists diagnose and evaluate potential dental problems. This FDA-approved device provides accurate measurements of tooth decay and bone loss, clearly highlighting these problem areas on your x-ray. Seeing your results with your doctor will help you better understand what’s going on in your mouth and how dental treatment can help.
Digital dental radiographs can be taken inside or outside the mouth. Intraoral radiographs, the most commonly taken dental radiographs, are very detailed and used to detect tooth decay, check the developmental status of teeth, and monitor tooth and bone health.
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