Technology is advancing like never before and the world of dentistry is constantly evolving. New advancements are often made in an effort to assist patients in their journey to a clean oral lifestyle. Here are just some examples of the latest technological advancements being made in the field of dentistry.
VELscope is a special type or light that dentists shine into a patient’s mouth in an effort to detect any abnormalities. It’s intended to enhance the visualization of particular defects that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye. The light can even show early forms of cancer in certain patients as well. The ability to detect problems a patient may have early on can be crucial in terms of treatment.
Another common move dentists are making is the shift to digital X-rays. Digital X-rays become viewable in a matter of seconds and can be much safer for patients as they require 90% less radiation than conventional X-rays. The ability to view the X-ray so quickly is very beneficial because questions or concerns can be resolved immediately. They are also safer for the environment as they do not require developing.
Laser dentistry is another huge stride for dentists everywhere. It can be used to fill cavities, reduce tooth sensitivity, remove tumors, and to whiten teeth. Using a laser can be more efficient and is virtually painless. The laser also has the ability to kill bacteria around any irritated or infected areas that are in need of increased care.
Zoom Teeth Whitening
One of the most popular teeth whitening procedures has emerged over the last few years. Zoom whitening is an in-office bleaching process that has gained notoriety from its ability to rid teeth of stains quickly and permanently. A dentist will apply a hydrogen peroxide gel to the viewable teeth and a UV light will be shined on the teeth which will break down the gel. In just one appointment, a patient can expect to see their teeth whitened by about eight shades.
These are just some of the latest advancements being made in the field of dentistry. Believe it or not, it is possible that these procedures may become obsolete in the future because of the constantly shifting world of medicine. If you have any questions about anything regarding dentistry, feel free to contact our office at 815-324-2550.