Dental technology is a broad term that refers to tools and appliances used for providing dental care and in dental procedures and treatments. At Grant Family Dentistry, the dental technology we use includes lasers, digital imaging, 3D scanners, intraoral cameras, and more. All these technologies help our dentist generate an accurate diagnosis of oral health problems and provide quality treatment for patients.
For example, digital scanning can help our dentist create a complete and accurate model of a patient’s teeth to plan treatment or perform surgery. Intraoral cameras provide live images of the inside of the mouth for a closer look at the condition of the teeth and gums. These advanced technologies are constantly evolving and improving to give dentists more options for providing optimal care.
Types of Dental Technology
An intraoral camera is a small handheld instrument that emits a focused beam of light to illuminate the inside of your mouth for our dentist to see more clearly. The small video camera is also connected to a monitor in the treatment room, where the dentist can view live images of your teeth. This innovative technology allows patients to have a better visual understanding of their oral health needs, as well as a better understanding of what the doctor sees when examining their teeth.
Traditional X-rays were limited in showing the status of your teeth. Digital X-rays allow our dentist to view critical details of your bone structure, sinuses, and even jaw placement. This way, our dentist can provide a more accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. The radiation exposure from digital X-rays is also significantly lower than traditional ones because less radiation is needed to produce each digital image.
Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)
CBCT is a digital X-ray device that uses cone-shaped beams rather than regular spherical ones to take cross-section images of your teeth, oral structures, and jawbone. This type of imaging scan produces high-resolution 3D images with less radiation exposure than traditional X-rays.
Benefits of Dental Technology
Improved Precision of Treatments
Dentists use advanced technology to improve the precision of treatments like oral surgery, dental implant placement, and restorative procedures. The latest technology helps the dental office team complete these procedures with better results for patients. The accuracy of these tools also helps reduce the risk of complications during dental treatments
Modern dental technology provides enhanced comfort to our patients. In addition to being faster, more accurate, and more comfortable than previous treatments, many procedures can be completed without needles or drills. Many patients avoid dental care because of fear of pain. With modern options, we can minimize anxiety and provide comfortable treatment.
Learn more about the different dental technologies we use by visiting Grant Family Dentistry at 335 6th St., Meeker, CO 81641, or calling (970) 878-5853.