Modern Dentistry has come with significant advances. I want Patients and the community as a whole to be very well informed about this progress and take advantage of them. To many, dentistry is synonym with “pain”, and for this reason, dental issues are taken care of at the last minute or when they become emergencies.
That is a big mistake. In dentistry, as in any branch of medical sciences, prevention is the key to having excellent oral health. Dental issues timely treated are simpler, less painful, more economical and offer better results.
Every patient should make sure that his dentist’s office provides a level of attention that matches the Standard of Care, and has the human and technological resources that make the practice of dentistry simpler and relatively painless. Present technology offers the use of Dentalvibe, a cordless, handheld device designed to reduce the pain associated with dental injections. The device vibrates at a frequency that stops the transmission of nerve impulses. Injections become painless and very well tolerated by patients. A very well administered anesthesia guarantees a complete pain control from beginning to end of an appointment.
Today it is also possible to manipulate the patient’s blood to obtain plasma rich in growth factors. This procedure guarantees a faster and efficient healing.
Modern dentistry uses digital X-rays that provide high-quality diagnostic images with a minimum of radiation. Being digital eliminates the use of chemical and contaminants, making dentistry “greener,” and this is a great contribution from dentistry to our planet Earth. Offices without digital radiography belong to the past since they compromise diagnostic image quality.
The new tridimensional X-ray machine Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT scan) is of great help when the dentist is faced with complex treatments like placing dental implants. The old X-rays plaques show images in two dimensions (length and width); CBCT scan shows images tridimensionally allowing the dentist to see the depth or thickness of anatomical structures.
Intraoral Digital Scanners are devices that modern dentistry utilizes to take final impressions digitally, keeping patients from having their mouths filled with a tray and a mouthful of doughy material. This new technology creates a digital image of a part of the mouth or a full mouth to be used to fabricate a porcelain crown, bridge or something similar. The image obtained is sent digitally to the lab.
All of these technologies not only save painful appointments but also save time, hence decreasing the number of visits needed to complete a high-level treatment.
Advanced dental technology makes the practice of dentistry easier on the dentist and better tolerated by the patient to the point of being comfortable. It is important that all patients recognize the degree of advancement and the use of new technology at their dentists’ office.
Painful Dentistry is practically a thing of the past. Do not allow your fears to keep you from having the treatment that you deserve. Talk to your dentist and be aware of your options.