11 Modern Dental Technologies that Make Your Visit Comfortable
Many patients suffer from anxiety when visiting the dentist, and others avoid going altogether. Luckily, there are many modern dental technologies that can make your visit comfortable, and even enjoyable. Below is a list of 11 of the most powerful tools dentists use to create a comfortable, safe environment for patients.
1. Dental Implants
Dental Implants are a modern alternative to dentures. They can be used to replace a single tooth, or they can be used as part of a bridge to replace several teeth. They offer a safe, long-lasting, natural-looking way to get your beautiful smile back, without requiring major dental procedures.
2. Sedation Dentistry
Dentists use sedation dentistry to safely relax patients so they can enjoy their dental experience. Three methods include:
- Nitrous oxide (laughing gas): A type of inhalation therapy that relaxes the patient
- Oral conscious sedation: A pill that provides a deeper level of relaxation
- NuCalm technique: A cutting-edge tool that relaxes patients using neuromuscular techniques
3. Ozone Therapy
Ozone therapy uses an energized form of oxygen to disinfect and kill bacteria in the mouth. Ozone has been used in modern medicine for a while now, but has more recently come into the dental world as an oral health treatment option. It is very comfortable for patients.
4. Invisalign & Six Month Smiles
Invisalign and Six Month Smiles are modern orthodontics tools that dentists use to straighten your teeth. Both are clear/tooth colored, and are comfortable to wear. With Invisalgin, you get a set of aligners that are removable, and typically straighten your teeth within 18 months. Six Month Smiles braces are not removable until treatment has ended, but are perfect for the quickest possible fix.
DIAGNOdent is a small, portable laser device that allows dentists to painlessly find tiny dental imperfections, long before they could be discovered without the modern tool. Cavities can be identified and treated in the very early stages of their development, preventing future pain and discomfort.
6. Digital X-rays and Radiography
Low-radiation dental x-rays are a fast and comfortable way to provide instant, precise images of your teeth, mouth and jaw. Dentists can view the images with you on the chairside computer monitor, so you fully understand the diagnosis.
7. Intra-Oral Cameras
An intra-oral camera is about the size of a typical dental mirror, and gives dentists a panoramic view of your oral cavity. Using this camera, your dentist can comfortably take a video tour of your mouth and can zoom in on problem areas to diagnose conditions.
An Isolite is a mouthpiece that allows your mouth to comfortably rest in an open position and pillows your tongue, relaxing you during longer procedures, when necessary. It also includes a light that allows your dentist to more efficiently diagnose and treat any oral conditions.
9. NTI-tss Night Guard
10. Laser Treatment (LANAP)
Laser-assisted new attachment procedure (LANAP) is the modern method of gum disease treatment. Laser technology allows dentists to treat gum disease more effectively and safely than ever before, without side effects that often come with traditional treatment. LANAP can also be used along with a probe to visually chart the progress of your treatment on a computer.
CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) is an advanced technology that allows dentists to create and place porcelain restorations more quickly than ever before. In the past, dental crown procedures may have taken two weeks to produce and install. With CEREC, porcelain crowns can be completed in a single appointment.
Contact Smiles By Dixon To Learn More About Our Modern Dental Technology
Dr. Dixon is a leading dentist in Gainesville, Georgia who practices all of the above techniques to ensure that his patients are comfortable and well-treated. To learn more about dental technology, or to schedule an appointment with a Dr. Dixon, contact us today, or make an appointment online.