15 Nov What’s New in Dentistry at Twenty Twenty
The use of lasers are becoming increasingly popular in dental practices for various reasons. Namely, they can do much of the work for us dentists; they are energy efficient, produce a higher quality result, and are patients prefer them.
While laser dentistry has been around since the 1960s, they are being picked up more often now by general dentists to perform a broad range of general, cosmetic, and restorative treatments. From preparing cavities without anaesthetic to sleep apnoea treatment, single-visit root canals to treating periodontitis and peri-implantitis.
In the cosmetic realm, we can use lasers for anything from gingival recontouring to crown lengthening, functional smile rehabilitation to facial aesthetics. They are also great for restorative treatment, surgical extractions, subgingival preparations, soft tissue surgery, periodontal treatment, photobiomodulation, and more.
Even routine dental care treatments like the filling of cavities, that used to involve painful procedures, are now minimally invasive using lasers. Not only can pointing a beam of focused light eliminate cavities with little to no pain, it also kills bacteria in the cavity and dramatically reduces the risk of complications.
This alone should illustrate the trajectory as patients are discovering the holy grail of painless, minimally invasive dentistry thanks to the use of dental lasers.
Intraoral Digital Scanners
Using digital scanners increases the accuracy of dental procedures and comfort for patients, as opposed to traditional impressions, especially for those who have a sensitive gag reflex. Other benefits include:
- Enabling the highest quality of dental care
- Providing a better experience for the patient and the dentist
- Most reliable and accurate scans
- Less time in the dental chair
- Diagnosis of dental issues early
- Ability to present smile designs, showing patients the end result beforehand
Using x-ray sensitive plates, digital x-rays capture data and immediately transfer it to a computer system. This enables images to be digitally enhanced and requires less radiation exposure to produce an image of similar contrast to conventional dental x-rays. In addition, because there is no need to chemically process films, the images are obtained much more quickly.
An invaluable tool for enabling close up examinations of the mouth, intraoral cameras record and monitor these assessments for future reference. This resource lets us show patients the inside of their mouth as an aid to explain treatment options.
The quicksleeper is a state-of-the-art electronic pen that has revolutionised dental anesthesia, designed to deliver a truly painless injection
Clear aligners are orthodontic appliances that are a transparent form of dental braces used to straighten teeth. They are effective for moderate crowding but are not suitable for children.
High Volume Aspirator
This is a high volume suction system that removes viruses and other potentially toxic particles from the air. It is particularly useful when removing amalgam fillings to eliminate the risk of breathing in these small particles.