When people think about going to the dentist, among the first things that would pop into their heads are bright lights and loud, scary drills. A lot of these things probably contributed to many people’s fear of the dentist today. However, those are all things of the past, and a lot of them don’t even see use in more modern dental clinics. You no longer need to dread going to the dentist for your regular check-ups.
The past few years have brought many advancements in the field of dentistry and a lot of them actually make the entire experience more pleasurable. These technologies help give you a bigger, better, and brighter smile. Here are five of the most impressive dental technology updates that are available over here.
As mentioned previously, the loud buzzing sound of dental drills have caused a lot of people to be afraid of the dentist. However, laser dentistry, also known as no-drill dentistry is about to change all that. This new method of dentistry involves the use of a pain-free laser, which lessens the need to use anesthetics. This results in faster dental procedures, shorter recovery times, and even the possibility of scheduling multiple procedures per visit. Laser dentistry is also more precise compared to the use of older techniques.
The only downside to laser dentistry is that it is quite an investment. Since the dental clinics themselves spend a lot on this technology, you could expect laser procedures to also be expensive on your part. However, if you are willing to shell out the money, you may just find yourself looking forward to the next time you visit your dentist.
Another reason why most people find themselves with a fear of going to the dentist is needles. These are used in dentistry to deliver anesthetics that could either put people to sleep or simply numbs the area to be worked on. For some people, this is already the scariest and the most painful part of any visit to the dentist.
Fortunately, a lot of dental clinics have already embraced the use of no-needle anesthesia. This procedure involves applying a gel to a certain area then charging it using a small electric charge. No need to worry; however, as this electric charge is charge is not painful at all. It only serves to make the absorption of the active agent in the numbing gel much faster.
Better Detection Tools
Dental screening tools have also received a massive upgrade in the past couple of years. They are now more accurate, less invasive, and able to detect problems faster. Also, they are now able to detect problems at an earlier stage. The VELscope is one such diagnostic advancement. The VELscope is a handheld scope that shines a special kind of light, known as natural tissue fluorescence to highlight problems in the patient’s oral cavity. It is a completely painless procedure and takes just a few minutes.
They always say that “prevention is better than cure” and using the VELscope allows for the early detection of diseases such as oral cancer. Experts suggest that the survival rate of people with oral cancer drastically drops from 80% to around 50% if not detected within the first five years. Fortunately, with the VELscope a lot more cases will be detected earlier when the survival rate is much higher.
Painless Cavity Prevention
DIAGNOdent is another new detection tool used by dental professionals. It is specifically made for the detection of cavities in a safe and efficient manner. It can detect cavities in the early stages as well as those that have hidden themselves in the nooks and crannies of the oral cavity. It uses laser fluorescence to detect cavities that dental x-rays and clinicians’ eyes might have missed.
No More Tooth Decay
There have also been improvements in ways to ease tooth pain and decay. HealOzone is one of the easiest ways to eliminate tooth decay. It is also one of the fastest and least painful. It makes use of the natural gas ozone to kill bacteria and fungi that may have found themselves in patients’ mouths. It could also serve as a detection tool that could help determine whether a person is at risk of developing tooth decay or not.