Technological advancements are beneficial to every industry and service, and the same is true for dentistry. Digital technology is revolutionizing dentistry in many different ways. Procedures can be performed more quickly and are less invasive for faster recovery. Better diagnostics provide early detection for more effective treatment. Many different aspects of dental care are improved because of digital technology.
One of the first digital technologies that changed dentistry was the introduction of digital X-rays. Digital X-rays require less radiation, making them safer for patients. The digital images are available immediately for the dentist to evaluate, rather than waiting for film to develop. The images can be shown to the patient as well to help them gain a better understanding of their own treatment. Digital X-rays save time and are better for the environment by eliminating the need for film.
Digital Intra-oral Cameras
A digital intra-oral camera is basically a small digital video camera that can be used to get a better view of the teeth and mouth. While mirrors have been used in the past and are still somewhat effective, a digital camera allows the dentist to zoom in on problem areas for a clearer picture. The patient can even watch the live video feed on a computer screen to view parts of their own mouth that are difficult to see in a mirror. Through this technology the patient can gain a better understanding of their dental care needs.
CAD stands for Computer Aided Design, which is another way that digital technology is revolutionizing dentistry. After taking digital images of the teeth, computer software can be used to create a plan for treatment. This technology is used for creating prosthetic teeth such as crowns, dental implants, bridges, and dentures. It is also used for planning the course of Invisalign treatment. Patients prefer having digital impressions made of their teeth over the trays of goopy plaster that were used in the past.
Carivue Digital Caries Detection
Caries is the official term for tooth decay or cavities. In the dental field, caries is considered to be a disease. Carivue digital caries detection technology uses a UV light to locate cavities that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Early detection of cavities means much less invasive treatment is required to correct them. Digital X-rays are typically only performed once a year to detect cavities, but Carivue can be performed at each dental visit.
Electronic Medical Records
Another way that technology has revolutionized dentistry is through electronic medical record keeping. This is beneficial to everyone involved, from the patient to the administrative staff, to the dentist and dental staff. Everyone who needs them has easy, yet secure, access to dental and medical records.
Dental Associates of Farmington, CT Utilizes the Latest Digital Technology
If you want all the benefits of digital technology when it comes to your dental care, make Dental Associates of Farmington, CT your primary dental care provider. We use all of the above technology in our current practices and keep up to date with any new technology that comes available. Our patients benefit from better quality dental care and we are able to do our job more efficiently and effectively.