5 Great New Dental Technologies

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Dentistry sure has come a long way since the earliest record of tooth decay, described by the Sumerians as “tooth worms” sometime between 4500 and 2900 BCE. The Etruscans were the first known dentists in the world. As far back as 700 BCE, they were carving false teeth from various mammalian teeth and producing partial bridge work good enough to eat with. Fast forward to the Dark Ages (from 400-1400 CE)—common knowledge back then was that someone could grow a lost tooth by obtaining a tooth from someone else. Scroll even further towards the present to 1728 in France and you’ll discover that a particular man named Pierre Fauchard created the first braces. They consisted of a flat strip of metal adhered to the patient’s teeth by strands of thread. Finally, in 1948 China, the first toothbrush with bristles was developed. It featured hairs taken from hogs, horses, and badgers. Nylon bristles were introduced by a man named Dupont.

The history of oral hygiene has been nothing short of a toothache. Just in case you had taken modern dental technology for granted, here are five new dental technologies that will leave you with a smile full of pearly whites:

1.      Intraoral Cameras

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These cameras are toothbrush sized devices capable of taking pictures and recording video with the help of bright, attached flashlights. Dentists and dental assistants can use these intraoral cameras to quickly and accurately diagnose patients. Images and videos sourced from the camera can even be displayed on computer monitors right next to a patient’s chair in order for him or her to view, in detail, exactly what kind of dental issues may be present and how the dentist plans to treat them.

2.     Laser Dentistry

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Lasers have such a wide variety of industrial applications that it’s no surprise the dental industry has utilized them as well. With the proper training, dental assistants can collaborate with dentists to detect early cavities, remove cavities, and clean teeth all with the use of precise and powerful laser technology. If a patient would like his or her teeth whitened or complains of hot and/or cold tooth sensitivity, lasers can also be used to solve these issues. Healing times for laser dental procedures are also much faster than traditional drill methods. Plus, there is far less pain and no need for stitches.



3.     Digital Panoramic X-Rays

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X-Rays no longer have to be processed by special, third-party, remote laboratories. Instead, digital panoramic x-rays have become the norm within any dental office or dental assistant school. After the necessary safety precautions are taken (such as a protective layer over the dental patient’s body), x-rays can be quickly captured and immediately loaded into an office wide computer system. With the help of dental assistants, patients may receive e-mail copies of their x-rays as well as obtain immediate diagnoses from their dentist. Some patients e-mail their x-rays to dentists around the world in order to secure accurate price quotes.

4.     HealOzone Technology

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Ozone gas may now be applied to patients’ enamel at sites of potential cavities, existing cavity sites, or root canal sites. This particular application completely destroys any potentially harmful bacteria that may lead to further tooth rot or decay. When ozone gas is applied to existing cavities or root canals, it sterilizes the site so that dentists and dental assistants may more safely and effectively apply caps or fillings. HealOzone Technology helps patients’ teeth stay healthier and last longer.

5.     Zirconia Crowns

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Not many people find the appearance of gold or silver fillings or caps in their teeth appealing. Thanks to the advancements of dental technology in recent decades, dentists now have the opportunity to fill patients’ teeth with the most realistic and long lasting crowns and bridges ever. Zirconia, a type of ceramic, is extremely strong, can be translucent or opaque, and can be customized to exactly match the color of a patient’s teeth at the time of installation.

Dentistry is certainly not lacking in state-of-the-art equipment, materials, or procedures. Indeed, only time will tell how much more advanced caring for teeth may become.  Braces and Orthodontic work is still the best bet for that beautiful smile

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