Dental Technologies and Innovations

Dental technologies and advances, from digital X-rays and 3D printing to dental crowns and dentures make visits to the dentist faster easy, more comfortable, and less painful. Some of these technological advancements are used to diagnose and others are designed to simplify procedures such as dental crowns and dentures.

Dental software systems are utilized to, for example, ensure accurate patient records and facilitate billing procedures and claims. Medical-grade sterilization equipment is a popular dental technology that allows dentists to disinfect their instruments and ensure a clean environment.

Other dental technologies aim to assist patients in preparing for procedures by allowing them to visualize the effects of their treatment. SmartTek for instance, utilizes augmented-reality technology to overlay virtual representations of an enhanced set of teeth on the patient’s current set. This lets them customize their smile, for example the height and spacing, to their preferences before the procedure starts.

Robotic dentistry is also gaining popularity, as it allows for more precise procedures and faster recovery times. Dental lasers are also becoming more precise and less invasive. This allows for greater precision when removing cavities or reshaping gums.

Other dental technologies are aimed at improving the quality of treatment, such as ceramic and tooth-colored fillings. These amalgam alternatives are visually pleasing and long-lasting and they do not contain mercury. They are biocompatible and can aid in tissue healing and prevent secondary decay.