Posted April 8, 2015
Dental insurance is one of the top benefits employees request. But nearly one-fourth of American adults surveyed last year indicated they were unsure or did not plan to visit a dentist within the next year. At least 33 percent of those questioned said they didn’t have a current dental need or reason to make an appointment. Sometimes people are afraid of seeing the dentist because they are unsure of what to expect, don’t have the time for an appointment or are concerned they might experience pain. But new technology makes dental checkups better. Review this list of new advancements:
- Sedation dentistry – Oral sedation does not require the use of an IV and needles. It’s a safe way to keep pain at bay while allowing the patient to converse with the dental team.
- Laser dentistry – Dental procedures using laser technology are allowing patients to experience improved recovery and healing. Lasers can be used to treat a variety of oral health problems such as removing benign tumors, healing cold/mouth sores, cleaning out decay, lengthening a tooth for a crown, improving smiles, restoring damaged nerves and healing scarred tissue.
- Computer-aided design/manufacturing – Using computers, dental restorations now can be made to look and feel like natural teeth. Currently this technology is being used by dental professionals to create bridges, inlays/onlays, porcelain veneers and crowns.
- Dental implants – Teeth damaged in an accident or by severe decay can be replaced with a permanent dental implant. When designed and fitted properly, an implant can feel like a natural tooth.
- Air–abrasion – This procedure is replacing the traditional drill for removal of decay in teeth. Using blasts of air pellets and aluminum oxide, cavities are easily removed and the tooth surface prepared for restoration.
- Digital X-rays – Using new technology, dental X-rays can be taken digitally, eliminating the use of radiation, and transferred directly to a computer screen. Dental professionals can see different angles of the tooth surface to detect decay or other problems.
- Composite resins – It’s easier to restore a tooth to natural color and function with composite resins. This material can be molded to the tooth for a natural look.
Read about other advancements in dental technology.