5 Ways Technology Improves Your Dental Experience
Dentistry technology continues to improve.
The world of modern dentistry has changed by leaps and bounds compared to common practices in decades past. While you might be inclined to believe that technological advances in dentistry are something only dentists get excited about, it’s worth considering how improving this technology actually benefits you as a patient.
As a patient, your experience with your dentist is directly related to not only their expertise and knowledge but also the dental technology they have available to them in their office. Finding a dentist that’s compassionate, experienced, and has access to technologically advanced treatment options will offer you a less painful, quicker, and more relaxing atmosphere.
There are a significant number of different dental technologies out there, but here are 5 ways specific technologies can upgrade your experience as a patient.
1. CEREC same day crowns save you time.
Gone are the days of waiting weeks for your permanent crown to arrive from the lab. CEREC same day crowns make it possible for your dentist to design a custom crown in a single visit.
CEREC, or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic, crowns rely on CAD and CAM technology to capture digital images of the tooth that needs treatment and form a permanent crown in one day. You won’t need to deal with the uncomfortable process of getting a cast impression of your tooth, and you won’t need to wear a temporary crown for weeks.
CEREC crowns are a huge timesaver for both you and your dentist. You won’t need to find time in your schedule for two dental visits, and you can rest assured that your tooth will be immediately protected rather than worrying about a temporary crown coming off or breaking.
While a lab-created crown is occasionally still necessary, in most cases, this is very rare.
2. Laser Dentistry reduces pain and bleeding.
Laser dentistry is the practice of using a specially designed dental laser to perform oral surgery and different types of dentistry treatments. Some dentists use laser dental procedures for gum surgery, basic cavity fillings, and treating hypersensitivity in teeth.
Laser dentistry might sound a bit intimidating as a patient, especially if you have dental-related anxieties. However, you’ll be pleased to know that laser dentistry is actually a very gentle alternative to common dental procedures. Many patients cite that they experience less pain, less swelling, and less bleeding with laser dentistry compared to their experience with standard methods. It’s also worth noting that the risk of infection can be greatly reduced due to the laser killing bacteria during the treatment process.
The best way to learn more about laser dentistry is to ask your dentist directly, as each dentist may use their laser technology for specific procedures only.
3. Full-mouth restorations are possible in a day.
The idea of a full-mouth restoration can seem very scary, even for patients that don’t typically feel anxious about visiting the dentist. While full-mouth restorations were considered quite an in-depth undertaking years back, technological advancements now make it possible to achieve great results in a day.
A full-mouth restoration requires extremely careful planning and specialized training, and Dr. Tomasik offers both. The dental technology behind a full-mouth restoration can vary between individuals, but it generally focuses on the use of dental implants and CEREC crowns. Your dentist may also use laser dentistry practices during this procedure.
Full-mouth restorations don’t need to take months or even years to fully achieve. If you’re in a position where you may be considering a full-mouth restoration or a serious smile makeover involving multiple teeth, Tomasik Dental will be able to figure out a plan that will work for you.
4. Sedation dentistry helps calm anxious patients.
Roughly 75% of adults feel some level of anxiety or fear when it comes to visiting the dentist. If you fall into this category, you’ll be glad to know you’re certainly not alone, and the team at Tomasik Family Dental takes the comfort of its patients seriously.
Not only does this dental team provide iPods and cozy warm blankets for its patients’ comfort, but it also offers sedation dentistry services. There are four different sedation options, including nitrous oxide, oral sedation, moderate or IV sedation, and general anesthesia. You can speak with your dentist to figure out which option will work best based on your specific level of anxiety.
For those with mild to moderate anxiety, the use of nitrous oxide or oral sedation (a prescribed pill sedative) may be all you need to relax and feel more at ease during your procedures. Those with high anxiety, especially in the case of an invasive procedure, may do better with IV sedation or general anesthesia.
5. Invisalign yields faster orthodontic treatment results.
Compared to traditional metal braces, Invisalign is easily one of the most popular technologies in modern dentistry. Invisalign continues to grow in popularity, and more dentists than ever are offering it either alongside traditional braces or as a complete alternative to them.
Invisalign is able to correct crowding, unevenness, gaps, and bite issues in both adults and teens. Not only do patients have the incredible benefit of nearly invisible aligners, but they can also expect a custom treatment time that is up to 50% faster than traditional braces.
It’s also common for patients with Invisalign to have healthier teeth post-treatment compared to those with traditional braces because Invisalign patients can remove their aligners to eat, brush, and floss. This means there will be no trapped food and bacteria around metal brackets.
Invisalign is an option for many individuals but not everyone. If you’re interested in Invisalign for yourself or your teen, schedule a consultation to see if you or your child is a good candidate.
A Modern Dental Practice Ready for New Patients
Tomasik Family Dental is a cosmetic and family dental practice that focuses on providing gentle care for patients of all ages. We strive to provide superior, quality dental care by maintaining a high level of training and continued education for themselves and their staff. In addition, they prioritize dental technology, like CEREC crowns, laser dentistry, sedation dentistry, and a host of other preventative, restorative, and cosmetic procedures, to create a comfortable environment that promotes wellness.
If you’d like to experience a modern, welcoming dental practice outfitted with some of the best dental technology available, give Tomasik Family Dental a call to schedule an appointment.