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What Dental Lasers and Early Cavity Detection Can Mean for Your Practice

As many of you may already know, the use of laser and light technology is vastly altering the medical and dental industries. Many dentists have discovered the number of benefits of incorporating laser technology into procedure implementations and treatments. Lasers have been noted to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of procedures and can diminish the amount of time necessary for treatment and recovery. Whether it is used for shaping a patients gums after periodontal disease or whitening teeth, as time passes the uses of dental lasers in cosmetic dentistry has become increasingly evident and popular.

One of the lesser known uses for a dental laser is the role this technology can play on tooth decay and carries detection. Until recently, detection of tooth decay has been difficult to detect in its earliest stages. Often evidence of decay can only be seen once it has progressed and begun to permeate through the surrounding tissue causing visible damage. The primary reason for this is that decay can move into microscopic tears in enamel where it can go unnoticed. In fact, decay cannot be seen until it is one-third the width of the tooth. This can give the bacteria a chance to do damage to the teeth and dental structure that could have been avoided if detected early. As decay progress it becomes more difficult to treat and can lead to a number of dental disorders. Until recently dentists needed to take x-rays and physically probe teeth to find evidence of decay. At this point the decay has already began doing damage to the enamel of the tooth. With the use of dental lasers however, cavity detection can begin much earlier.

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Digital Dental Crown: The Modern Day Dental Drive Through

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As children we were always told that in the future ovens would do all the cooking, clothes would dress us and, of course, cars would soar through the air. Well don’t be too disenchanted just yet; while we all wait for our hover-boards to get through R&D, new technology has sprung up that makes the present a bit more practical than sky traffic.

One of the highlights at a recent event held by the American Dental Association in San Francisco, was the discussion that took place concerning the developments made regarding generating and repairing dental crowns. As many of you known in the past restoring a tooth with a dental crown was a minimum of a two visit affair, many times taking as long as three weeks from molding an impression to placement. Fortunately new technology has emerged that can reduce procedure time immensely; through minimizing the standard waiting time for a new crown to approximately one hour. This can open your practice up to a wide-array of potential opportunities.

The new technology I am referring to is the ability to digitally construct a new crown within feet of your office. The restoration process begins about the same as before; the area is first numbed, and the tooth is readied for the new crown. But instead of making an impression of the tooth, a tiny camera is used to create a three-dimensional image of the drilled tooth. A computer program uses that to construct an image of what the tooth will look like with the crown in place. Afterwards, a machine in a nearby room processes the little details; ridges and indentations-overall components to get just the right fit. The crown is carved out of porcelain or ceramic; about 15 minutes later the new crown is glued in.

While this sort of CAD/CAM-laymen’s terms for Computer-Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing- work has been around since the early 90’s, the biggest concern was the cost. Up until now these sort of machines cost a pretty hefty penny. Starting at about $100,000 this sort of equipment may have been convenient, but was terrible for profits. Now, new and affordable equipment is being sold for as low as $12,000.

Digital printing is rapidly becoming high in demand and widely used in dental and medical offices everywhere. Many dentists are recognizing the added benefits of digital technology and are implementing these systems into their practices. There is no end to what this technology can do to enhance your practice. With such a large reduction in time involved in restorative procedures like dental crown creation, you are free to use that time for other ways to enhance your practice.

I am aware that many dentists are reluctant to change their strategies and procedures that they have been implementing for years, but implore you to research the effect new technology like this can have on your practice. In addition to the cost and efficiency benefits, I have found that patients appreciate a dental practice that is familiar with the most modern procedure techniques and strategies. Imagine informing your patients that the procedure can be done in less time, with no added pain. Digital dental crowns are only the beginning of the possibilities technology like this can bring to the dentistry industry.

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3D Printing – Taking Dental Work to the Next Level

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Three dimensional (3D) Printing is something which has recently experienced a sudden increase in popularity and can immensely help bring your practice to the next level. The printing process incorporates making a three-dimensional solid object in almost any shape imaginable from a digital model, through the use of advanced digital technology. The additive manufacturing process involved generates objects through a sequential layering process. Companies all over have discovered the benefits of using three dimension printing technology to enhance their business.

The added interest has been largely due to its many uses in products and fields such as jewelry, architecture, education and most recently in the dental and medical industries. Digital dental work is becoming standard in many dental offices around the country. Many dental offices have started offering digital crowns, digitally constructed dentures and other reconstructive dental service options to their patients. This new technology can vastly help your practice stay ahead of your competition through the latest in procedure implementations. One example of how digital printing is changing the standards of the dental industry for the better is through its uses in digital orthodontics.

Digital orthodontics is quickly becoming an industry standard in the dental and medical fields, with procedure advancements such as: increased production capacity, and a reduction of delivery times and model storage. Through the use of this technology even long term temporary teeth can be created. By combining oral scanning, and 3D printing technology, dental labs can accurately and rapidly produce crowns, bridges, and a range of orthodontic appliances more efficiently than ever before.

As the three dimensional printing process is incorporated into new fields, it is revolutionizing the way we look at the dental industry. Companies have been taking advantage of this new technology to enhance dental procedures and the way dental disorders are being treated. Due to the increased interest in digital printing, they are becoming more accessible and widely used by dental professionals in even smaller labs.

This new product is revolutionizing the field of orthodontics and is helping many physicians treat their patients with less difficulty and in less time. It is just one of the ways digital three-dimensional printing is changing the dental and medical industries for the better. Making it easier than it ever has been to treat your patient’s dental issues.

If you are not using 3D technology to enhance your dental practice you can be missing out on a big opportunity.

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