Today’s dental practices have a variety of advanced technology available to make their treatments easier and more thorough. This equipment includes CEREC technology, intra-oral cameras, and laser dentistry.
In the past, getting dental restorations such as veneers or crowns required multiple trips to the dentist and a lengthy waiting period, as well as the need for temporary crowns which could be cumbersome and uncomfortable. With CEREC (which stands for “ceramic reconstruction”) technology, this waiting period is eliminated and patients are able to be measured and fitted with their dental restorations in the same visit. Adjustments can be made as needed and the entire treatment takes only about an hour.
Images of a patient’s teeth may be necessary for procedures such as getting dentures or implants. An intraoral camera can scan images of the teeth and store them digitally for later use. To capture the images, a wand, similar to an electric toothbrush, is inserted into the patient’s mouth and guided around the teeth. As this is done, the wand takes digital images of the mouth as if creating a map, which is then saved. This “map” can then be sent to a lab where the dental prosthetics can be made with a high level of accuracy.
Laser dentistry involves the use of extremely focused light beams to treat a variety of dental issues. Most of the issues that laser dentistry is used to treat are related to the gums, such as canker sore and cold sore pain treatments, root canal infections, gum disease, gum reshaping, and removing gum inflammation. It can also be used to regenerate damaged nerves and to remove benign oral tumors. Using laser dentistry instead of traditional dental methods has the advantages of reducing the need for sutures; reducing the risk of infection, since the laser will sterilize the gums; and shortening healing time because less damage is done to the gums. Additionally, laser dentistry usually does not require anesthesia and results in patients losing less blood than in traditional surgery.