As the dental technologies are advancing day by day, newer treatments and procedure are emerging. These procedures tend to replace the traditional ones with time and provide much better and effective oral treatments. Let’s explore some of the latest trends and advances dentists are starting to employ in their careers and daily practice.
- CAD/CAM Technology
These technological abbreviations stands as “Computer-Assisted Design” for CAD and “Computer-Assisted Manufacture” for CAM. Together they have enabled fewer dental visits by offering more efficient procedures of bridges and crowns.
Traditionally, when a patient needed a crown, the dentists would make a mold of the tooth and a temporary crown. Then a dental laboratory would work on creating a permanent one. With CAD/CAM technology, the tooth is drilled for a crown and an image is taken. The image is then transported to a machine that creates the crown right in the clinic premises.
- Thinner Veneers
Veneers are thin shells or moldings that are custom made to cover the front of the broken or otherwise unattractive tooth. New technology has just excelled in making even thinner veneers that are equally strong and more difficult to recognize.
When preparing a tooth for veneers, it involves in reshaping the tooth so that the added thickness of the veneer could be incorporated. However with new thinner veneers, less of the tooth surface must be reduced, that allows more portion of the natural tooth to stay as is. You often need a dental assistant for this process.
- Better Filling Materials and Bonding
Improvements in bonding materials and fillings enable your teeth to be fixed giving it a more natural look. Today resin (plastic) is used in these materials which is shinier and more durable as compared to substances used in the past. The technique employed often involves by placing layers of resin in a tooth for bonding and repair. As there are a plethora of different shades available today, it’s easier and more natural for the bonding material to blend in with the tooth’s natural color.
When cavities need to be filled in restorations, many dentists now prefer to use tooth-colored porcelain fillings over traditional amalgams.
- More Effective Implants
Today dental implants lead the line of the most preferred options used for restoring lost teeth. The technique goes by inserting a screw-like device or titanium implant to act as an artificial root. The root is fused with the jawbone and comes out above the gum line. An abutment covers the exposed part and a crown is placed over that resulting in an artificial tooth.
As compared to traditional use of tooth-supported bridges which usually lasts for 5-7 years, an implant could last around 15 years. Although, the need for periodic adjustments is there, but with proper care and regular checkups, the life span of an implant could even extend beyond 15 years.
- New Treatments for Gum Diseases
Typical gum treatments include cleaning the roots for removing tartar and plaque. While further or extreme measures require gum surgeries.
However, over recent advancements the treatments have been taken to a new level by the inclusion of regenerative procedures. For instance, proteins, bone grafts, or membranes that promote tissue growth can now be used to regenerate lost tissues and bone and fight gum diseases.