To hear people talk about dental care, you’d think that the techniques and treatments used haven’t changed much over the past few decades. The truth of the situation is that technology, including dental technology, continues to march inexorably forward. As new innovations in material, techniques, and treatments develop over the years, they eventually find their way into dental offices and your treatment options. Updates in dental technology aren’t often talked about, so we’d like to take a little time to introduce you to how modern medical science has improved your dental care.
Let’s start with one of the most important innovations in dental technology, enhanced imaging options. For decades X-rays and impression casts have been the standard in dental care and were the best option for giving your dentist a clear view of your oral health. In recent years there has been an important innovation that made it possible to create full 3-D images of your mouth and jaw. These images are stored digitally, can be moved and viewed freely, and can easily be transferred to other practitioners instantly. The precision of these images makes them superior to traditional imaging in every way.
Dental Implant Technology
The advance of dental technology has even managed to produce new and improved ways of restoring a smile to those who have lost one or more teeth. Now even those who have lost every tooth in their mouth can have a full and functional smile without having to deal with the inconvenience of dentures. Dental implants make it possible to create a permanent replacement for your natural teeth that are only removed during your twice-yearly dental visits. The rest of the year, you care for them the same way you would your natural teeth. With most designs, no one will be able to tell that you have artificial teeth! Even better? Unlike traditional dentures, there’s no upper palette cover. This means eating and speaking feel and sound completely normal!
Improved Material For Fillings and Bonding
Another wonderful aspect of advancing dental technology is the introduction of materials that make fillings and dental bonding more effective than ever. These materials are durable and appear nearly identical to your natural teeth. Even better, they have an enhanced ability to bond to your teeth, and therefore will last you for years to come. While amalgam fillings are still around as a cost-effective solution, its days are likely numbered as the cost of the newest materials begins to decline as time passes.
Are you ready to take advantage of the great dental care that’s available with the use of modern technologies? Pick up the phone and arrange a visit to Waco Dental in Waco, TX today! Our team will arrange an appointment with Dr. Alan Martin. During this appointment, you’ll undergo a full dental exam and receive a consultation on the best treatment options for your dental health. Find out what the newest dental innovations can do for your oral care today! We look forward to seeing you!