New Technology Takes Dentistry to the Next LevelWhen it comes to visiting the dentist office, you expect nothing but the best in care. For your dentist to be able to provide you with excellent service, they must use the latest technologies. Tools and materials are constantly changing in the dental field and it can be exciting to see just what has been added to the industry and how it is used. Below are a few examples of tech that are now being integrated into dental care.
High Tech X-Rays
During your first visit at LB Dental, you will have x-rays done inside your mouth based on what type of treatment you are scheduled for. X-rays have come a long way in recent years and most dental offices are now using digitized x-rays instead of the traditional radiograph. A digital x-ray is faster than the radiograph option as an electronic sensor/phosphor plate is placed in the mouth to take the image. These images can easily be used to find issues in the mouth and help Dr. Bundalo treat any condition.
Diode Laser for Cavity Detection
In the past, when a dentist was looking for a cavity, they would use an instrument to do so that was known as an ‘explorer’. This instrument looked painful but was easily used to see if a tooth has decay or cavities. Now, dentists are using a tool called a diode laser. This high-tech option is one that can detect and remove cavities. The laser will detect if there is a problem with the tooth and then the individual tooth can be treated.
The term CAD is short for computer-assisted design while the term CAM stands for computer-assisted manufacture. Both terms are now used in dentistry to provider faster dental care. Both CAD and CAM can be used to provide fewer dental visits for the patient as well as help the dentist provide services such as the creation of bridges and crowns.
In the past, dentists would make a mold of the tooth or teeth and would create a temporary crown to be used until the laboratory would create a permanent bridge or crown. Now, by using CAD and CAM technology, the tooth is drilled during the appointment and prepared for the crown. A photo is taken of the tooth by a computer and the image is sent to a machine which can make the crown on the spot. This streamlined service allows patients to receive service quicker with fewer visits to the dental office.
These are just a few examples of the types of dental technology used in the office today. To learn more about such technology or to schedule an appointment for service, contact our office at (602) 482-5100.