Dentist is a word that strikes fear in the heart of many people, which is unfortunate to say the least. This is due in part to bad previous experiences, but thankfully today’s dentists have access to better technology and training which means procedures can be done much more quickly and with fewer problems than ever before. Here are just a few ways dentistry has improved over the years.
Cavities and Filling
Remember when a cavity required the use of a drill? Just the sound of that particular piece of equipment is enough to make many people shudder. Drilling for tooth decay has other inherent problems as well, including increased pain, micro-fractures and vibrations. Laser technology allows the dentist to remove decay without any of the common downsides of the traditional drill. Lasers are more precise, do not cause heavy vibrations and can many times be used without any anesthetic.
Laser technology is also being incorporated in treatments for:
- Cold sores
- Crown lengthening
- Tongue tie
- Benign tumor removal
- Fast Braces
No one wants crooked teeth but it is hard, especially for adults, to commit to a 2-4 year process to correct the problem. New on the scene today is something called accelerated orthodontics. This process can cut your time in braces down to under a year, versus the standard 2-4 years. The major difference is a small surgical procedure that must be performed in order to speed up the straightening process. How invasive is the surgery? That will depend on the severity of the case, but the procedures have gotten better and better particularly with the introduction of laser technology.
For many generations the only option for tooth replacement was a denture device that set on top of the gums or was anchored to a neighboring tooth. The days of removable dentures and fake looking teeth are quickly fading thanks to the invention and application of dental implants. Whether you need one tooth or a complete set, implants has an option. Moreover, your dentist may be able to complete the procedure and set your new tooth/teeth in place all in the same visit.
In the early days of this procedure, you would have to complete several visits before your final permanent tooth could be set. Better imaging, processes and technology has improved it to the point that you no longer have to go home with a gap in your teeth or temporary cap!
Have you been waiting to see a dentist because of experiences or horror stories you have heard about? Do not wait until your teeth are past correction or worse yet, your health has been compromised. Advanced technologies and procedures mean your dentist can do more in less time and with must less discomfort than ever before. Check into your options today!