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The Perfect Marriage: Dentistry & Technology

Technology has been moving at such a fast pace for so long that most people don’t register the many ways it continually changes the world. Thanks to technology, dentistry has become both a science and an art. Precise, lightning-quick digital imaging is an indispensable diagnostic tool, allowing for the design of custom mouthguards, dental restorations, and orthodontics, while laser dentistry has the ability to treat gum disease, whiten teeth, remove lesions, and perform biopsies.

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How are Lasers Used in Dentistry?

Quieter & Quicker

Eliminating the need for the dental drill is a big selling point for laser dentistry, simply because it allows a more relaxed and comfortable dental experience for the patient. Laser treatment can provide increased precision, reduce post-surgical healing times, and remove overgrown tissues caused by certain medications.

  • The light from a laser instrument is strong enough to remove or shape gum tissue.
  • Lasers can be used for many different dental procedures.
  • Soft-tissue lasers are especially useful in lip-tie and tongue-tie surgeries.

Laser Dentistry vs. Dental Drills

Pros & Cons

Dental lasers may save a larger amount of healthy tooth structure when cavities are removed versus removal of decay with a drill. Dental lasers also minimize bleeding and swelling during soft-tissue treatments and may reduce anxiety in patients who dislike the dental drill noise and sensation. So, what are the cons?

  • Lasers cannot be used on teeth that already have fillings.
  • Cannot fill cavities located between teeth or fill large cavities prior to crown preparation.
  • Traditional drills may still be needed to shape and polish the filling or adjust the bite.

Digital X-Rays

Seeing is Believing

Part of changing technology has been the transition of film photography to digital imaging—and traditional x-rays were part of this evolution. Digital x-rays are far more accurate than film radiographs were, capturing more detail and allowing minor issues to be detected and treated before becoming bigger problems. Other great things about digital x-rays include:

  • Safety – they produce up to 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays did
  • Convenience – digital x-rays can be taken in seconds without your child leaving the chair
  • Less human error – they are viewed almost immediately and can be retaken just as quickly

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