Health Care & Medical

Advances in Dental Technology: New Treatment Methods to Know About

February 3, 2019

Going to the dentist can be an intimidating experience. The smells, sounds, and thoughts of pain often keep people away. However, there are a number of new technologies in dental care today that are helping to take some of the issues away. Keep reading to learn about some of the new innovations available at the local dentist office.

CAD and CAM Technology

CAD stands for computer-assisted design, and CAM stands for computer-assisted manufacture. Together, these two new technologies result in a reduced number of dental visits to complete procedures like bridges or crowns.

In most cases, if a patient requires a crown to be placed, the dentist has to make a mold of their tooth and construct a temporary crown. Then, both the dentist and patient have to wait for the dental laboratory to create a permanent one. By using CAD and CAM technologies, the tooth can be prepared and a picture is taken using a computer. The image will then be sent to a machine that can create the permanent crown right in the dentist’s office.

Thinner Veneers

A veneer is a thin, custom-made shell or mold that’s used to cover the front of an unattractive or crooked tooth. The new materials that are available make it possible to create veneers that are much thinner than ever before but are just as strong as the former ones were.

Many people wonder why this is advantageous for them. The answer is because when a dentist prepares a tooth for the placement of a veneer, which requires them to reshape the tooth allowing enough room for the veneer’s thickness, the amount of natural tooth eliminated is reduced. This means that more of the person’s natural tooth is left in place, which makes it stronger.

As anyone should be able to see, there are a number of new technologies available that help to make dental care less stressful. If someone is interested and wants to find out more, they can contact their dentist to see what technology the dentist has in their office. Being informed is the best way to ensure quality dental care is received.