Digital dentistry includes digital or computer-assisted techniques that dentists use to examine, diagnose, and treat oral health.

types of digital dentistry used today

Digital dentistry, from the moment you come to your appointment, to your dentist to assess your oral health and diagnose and treat any illnesses or illnesses you may have, your dentist In between appointments, we are changing almost every aspect of professional oral care until we follow up and interact with you. Here are some digital dental tools you may come across during your appointment:

Intraoral camera

Small cameras are quickly replacing the small round mirror dentists used in the past to look inside your mouth. One of the biggest advantages of these cameras is the magnification. If they can make your teeth about your head size on a flat screen, they can better find potential oral health problems that need to be addressed. Another advantage is that you can share what they see with you. This will allow you to better understand and improve your oral hygiene. Images can also be shared with the inspector to match the crown or bridge to the actual tooth color.

Digital radiography

 X-rays have been used in dental clinics for a very long time, but traditional X-ray processes require time-consuming and costly film processing,  and prints are stored in cabinets for other clinic specialists. I had to physically ship it. Is required. Digital X-rays are faster. The image can be viewed immediately on the computer screen. Files are stored on a server or in the cloud, making it easy to share images with professionals over an internet connection if needed. According to a summary of X-rays and radiographs published by the American Dental Association, radiation exposure from digital radiology is lower than when using X-ray film.

Oral scan and CAD (computer-aided design) / CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) technology

 Not long ago, dentists had to put a sticky substance (impression material) in the mouthguard, put it in the correct position in the mouth, and chew it until it hardened. Use this form to create a mold and send it to the lab where the dental technician creates the instruments needed for repair, replacement, or tooth alignment. But thanks to oral scanning and CAD / CAM technology, the era of impression materials in the mouth is no longer needed. The scanner creates a 3D digital image of the mouth that dental technicians can use to design prostheses (crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays, bridges, implant support restorations, or dentures), and the prosthesis is ground from solid blocks. For more material or 3D printing.

Cancer prevention tools

 Fluorescence imaging helps dentists identify abnormalities and signs of cancer that may not be visible to the naked eye. Early diagnosis of the disease using these tools can be treated earlier, improving the patient's prognosis and shortening recovery time. A review published in the journal Oral Diseases confirms that this new tool can detect lesions and other potentially malignant conditions.

Digitally Guided Implant Surgery

 This relatively new innovation is not yet widely used. Nevertheless, intraoral scans help dentists find the most accurate and effective way to place an implant in a particular jawbone structure. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 3 million Americans have dental implants. With that number growing by 500,000 each year,  this innovation ensures that many people have the best dental implants possible.

Information management

 Not long ago, all dental records were physical copies stored in filing cabinets. The combination of innovation and federal regulation has motivated dental practice across the country to update the system. This has improved schedules, made it easier for dentists to access records accurately when needed, improved workflows, and made it easier to share patient information between clinics when needed.

Digital technology in dentistry is accelerating rapidly, and dentists who take advantage of scientifically tested and proven advances in the field may be able to provide the best care. Digital dentistry always provides dentists with a faster, safer, more convenient, and more reliable way to help you. You can smile about it.