Posted July 6, 2018
“My teeth feel and look great. Why do I need to get them cleaned and checked?” It’s a great question that many people ask. However, a healthy mouth is more than a dazzling smile. Dental problems may be lurking in places you cannot see, such as inside teeth or along the gumline. Fortunately, seven new dental treatments make it easier to take care of your teeth.
Lasers detect tooth decay
Instead of using a sharp dental tool to identify soft spots in tooth enamel, some dentists are using a high-tech diode laser to find cavities. This technology enables dentists to discover decay at an early stage and add a small filling to restore the tooth.
Digital x-rays provide better tooth images
Although digital x-ray technology has been around for several years, many dentists are updating their equipment to provide better patient care. With digital x-rays, dentists can see the entire tooth structure to identify problems, such as cavities, infections or gum disease. Digital scans also help dentists in accurately attaching implants in the jaw.
Crowns made quickly
In the past, if you needed a crown to restore a tooth, the dentist made a mold of the tooth. Then a dental laboratory used the mold to create a permanent crown; a process that could take several weeks. Some dentists have invested in CAD/CAM technology (computer-aided design/computer-assisted manufacture), so they can make a crown while you wait.
Preserve teeth with veneers
If you have unattractive or crooked teeth, you may be reluctant to smile. Now a new type of thin veneer can be applied to the front of your teeth to enhance your look. With this new style, the dentist reshapes the tooth edges, so the veneer fits perfectly to give you a beautiful smile.
Repair chipped teeth easily
It’s easy to chip a tooth if you have an accident, grind your teeth, or chew ice cubes. Often, people choose not to have the problem fixed. However, dentists are using new bonding materials and techniques to restore chipped teeth. The material is matched to your natural tooth color, so the repair is not noticeable.
Restore damaged gums
As people age, oral tissues can change. It’s easy to develop pockets where gum tissue fits loosely around your teeth. Dental decay can form along the gums, bacteria can settle into the pocket, and the tooth structure can be damaged. However, dentists now can deep clean teeth to remove decay. Read this blog to learn more about the process.
Replace lost teeth with better implants
People often lose a tooth due to an accident or decay. For years, dentists have replaced teeth with dental implants. In the past, some implants have broken off or did not fuse correctly into the jawbone. Researchers have developed new implants and improved the procedure. Today about 95 percent of implants last about 15 years or longer.