In-Office Digital Technologies
The digital dental technologies that might be used in the dental office include, but are not limited to, the following:
CAD/CAM: CAD/CAM (computer assisted design, computer assisted manufacture) technology enables dental restorations such as crowns, veneers, inlays and onlays to be fabricated using computerized milling technology. Your dentist may work with in-office CAD/CAM to complete same-day tooth restorations that would otherwise require two or more visits to complete. Alternatively, if your case is more extensive, your dentist may work with a dental laboratory that uses CAD/CAM technology to create your restorations.
Cone Beam CT: This form of computerized tomography provides dentists with a quick 3-D image of a patient’s oral or maxillofacial anatomy. It is the basis for implant surgical guides used by oral surgeons and periodontists when placing dental implants. Such pre-surgical imaging techniques have made implant placement easier and more predictable, which helps ensure greater treatment success.
Diagnodent: Diagnodent is a tool used for the early detection of cavities. The advanced technology uses sound pulse and laser to detect caries earlier than traditional methods allowed, so that treatment can commence immediately, limiting the amount of dental decay. This helps preserve the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure.
Digital X-rays: Digital radiographs capture dental images through a sensor that processes the image onto a computer screen. Digital X-rays provide greater comfort than traditional X-rays and reduce radiation exposure (four digital radiographs equal one “film” X-ray). Additionally, digital radiographs allow dentists to magnify images for greater diagnostic accuracy, ensuring more timely and appropriate treatments.
The array of digital equipment available to cosmetic dentists, general dentists and implant dentists, etc., has increased significantly. Such advancements in dental technology enable patients to receive modern solutions to traditional dental problems.
Among the digital technologies available for dentistry is digital radiography, electronic prescriptions, computerized case presentations, CAD/CAM restorations, digitally based surgical guides, imaging for implant placement and digital impressions. Dentists are eager to incorporate proven digital technologies into their practices to provide leading-edge dental treatment that can be performed in a more efficient, effective, comfortable manner.
Digital dental technologies enable consultations with patients and collaborations with other dental specialists to be conducted quicker and with more immediate and detailed information than in years past. What’s more, quality of care improves through enhanced diagnosis and precision restorations.
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