Ah, the smile!
Is there anything better than a big, bright, healthy smile?
Smiles have the power to lift spirits, turn strangers into friends and instantly put you in a better mood. And thanks to recent technological advancements in the dental field, getting a big, bright smile has never been easier!
Here's a look at some of the cutting-edge tools and technologies dentists are using to keep your smile healthy and looking great:
- Computer Assisted Design (CAD) and Computer Assisted Manufacture (CAM): Precision matters, especially when it comes to making sure your teeth look and feel great. Today, your dentist can use CAD and CAM when fabricating crowns, dental bridges, porcelain veneers, onlays and inlays. It leads to precise fits that look and feel great.
- Caries Detection Solution: Sometimes plaque and decay can be hard for your dentist or hygienist to find. But thanks to Caries Detection Solution, there's nowhere for it to hide. It's a liquid dye that sticks to plaque and decay, then illuminates under a special light so that your dental team can make sure your teeth are properly cleaned.
- Intra-Oral Cameras: The more your dentist knows about your teeth and their supporting framework, the better. Intra-oral cameras let your dentist create precise images of tooth defects which could be causing you problems now or in the future. These images allow you and your dental team to develop care plans and treatments that keep your teeth, gums and supporting structures healthy and looking great.
- HiFlex Endodontic Files: Thanks to HiFlex Endodontic Files, the root canal just got a lot more enjoyable. These nifty devices bend without weakening, which makes it easier for your dentist to treat canal systems that are extremely curved or that have calcified root systems. This means the root canal is more likely to be successful, which means you're less likely to have to endure another one.
- Thinner Veneers: Veneers have been around for a while, but thanks to advances in dental technology, they've never looked better. Today's veneers are still attached to the front of crooked or otherwise unattractive teeth. But they're also made from materials that are thinner, more durable and much more lifelike than the veneers of days gone by.
- Digital X-rays: Digital X-rays are more efficient and faster than traditional X-rays. They are more comfortable than traditional X-rays and help in reducing exposure to radiation. A sensor is used to capture dental images which are then scanned to a computer screen for viewing. Digital X-rays are used to find cavities, check the dental implant placement and whether the root canal procedure has been performed successfully.
These technological advancements have a great positive impact on both the dentists and patients. They have helped reduce the duration of dental procedures and expedite the healing process which has increased comfort and patient satisfaction. Innovation in the dental field is changing the face of dentistry and making the dental visit a pleasant and stress-free experience.
Dr. Michael Caparas holds an AAS from Edmonds Community College, a BS in Psychology from Western Washington University and a DMD in dentistry from Nova Southeastern University. He is a member of American Dental Association (ADA), Washington Dental Association, Seattle-King County Dental Society, and American Orthodontic Society. He is the owner of Reign Dental, a trusted dental care with offices located in Shoreline, Seattle and Milton, WA. He aims to provide quality and affordable dental services using the cutting-edge dental technology and strives to create an environment where his patients can feel welcomed and comforted.