Digital Dentistry: How Technology Has Changed Our Experience at the Dentist

Posted: March 12, 2015

Many people might comment that going to the dentist is one of their least favorite activities. However, thanks to advancements in technology, visits to the dentist are more comfortable and efficient for patients than ever before. Technology also has transformed the way dentists evaluate a patient’s oral health, allowing them to make more accurate diagnoses and perform procedures that are less painful and more convenient, and have more dependable results.

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Here are a few examples of the latest and greatest dental technologies that Dr. Clemenza and her team use in the practice, how they work as well as the benefits for patients.

Impressions

Getting a dental impression taken never has been the most pleasant or comfortable procedure. But thanks to innovative technology, that issue has changed forever. Gone are the days of messy “goop” in hard metal impression trays to make models. Digital scanners now allow dentists to take impressions with a lightweight wand the size of a dental tool. The digital images are e-mailed immediately to the lab, allowing for faster turnarounds, sometimes even in as quick as a day.

Lasers for Soft Tissue Management

Instead of using sharp, seemingly scary dental tools, dentists now have the option of using lasers to perform minor surgical procedures. Sutures are rarely needed for laser incisions, and many soft tissue procedures around the gums can be completed without anesthesia for increased comfort. Using a laser also allows for a shorter and less complicated healing time when compared with traditional techniques.

Digital Radiography

This new form of X-ray imaging uses sensors to capture a digital image, reducing the amount of radiation a patient is exposed to by 70 to 80 percent. Dentists can immediately view the images to make a better diagnosis, decreasing the amount of X-rays needed, especially in cases of oral surgery such as root canals or implants.

For more information on these technologies and how they can make your trip to the dentist more convenient and less painful, contact us at (914) 242-3906, info@clemenzadds.com or pay a visit to our office. Be sure to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more tips and info.