For many people, going to the dentist is something they wish to avoid. Usually, this is due to the idea they will experience pain or discomfort during their procedure. However, as technology continues to evolve within dentistry, various new equipment and techniques are being introduced to allow a patient's experience to be much easier than in years past.
Considered a breakthrough because it allows for a much less invasive procedure, laser dentistry makes a visit to a dental office much more relaxing for almost any patient. According to Dr. Knebel Murray, it is used in such procedures as the removal of benign tumors and cold sores, as well as decay removal and helping to regenerate damaged nerves, it results in a shortened and virtually painless healing period for the patient. A welcome advancement for many dental procedures.
A great advancement in dentistry, air abrasion can now take the place of a dental drill in many procedures. Allowing dentists to remove decayed teeth without using a local anesthetic, air abrasion can treat cavities by using pellets of air and aluminum oxide to make the procedure quicker and much less painful.
Used with patients who suffer from migraine headaches or TMJ, this device can be custom-designed and molded to fit a patient's teeth. By doing so, it eliminates the need for invasive surgery and eliminates much of the pain associated with these disorders.
Often thought of being used only in engineering or construction, CAD/CAM technology has made its way into the dental office and has led to many improvements in a number of dental procedures. With its ability to provide very accurate designs of items that need to be constructed, this technology is being used in dental labs to design and construct dental bridges, crowns, veneers, and other items. The major advantage to using this technology is it allows dental technicians to build dental restoration devices that more closely resemble the look and feel of natural teeth.
By using specialized digital photography software, dentists and NW Calgary dental Clinics can now show patients who will be undergoing complex procedures such as full mouth reconstructions, what they will look like after the procedure is completed. This helps to eliminate unrealistic expectations while at the same time providing peace of mind to patients who will naturally be nervous prior to their surgery.
As these and other technologies are developed and introduced to dentists, patients undergoing everything from simple tooth fillings, to complex oral surgeries will no doubt benefit in the years ahead.