Amazing technology surrounds us all and touches every aspect of our lives. Dental care, too, is currently witnessing its own digital revolution and high tech clinical innovations are already improving patient experiences at the dentist. In fact, ‘digital dentistry’ has completely reinvented many standard dental procedures making dental visits faster, more convenient and more comfortable.
What is digital dentistry?
Much of what we do in dentistry requires models or replicas of your teeth. These models are used to make restorations such as crowns, bridges or dentures, for example. Conventional methods use stone models, but making the models takes time and accuracy of the model isn’t always predictable.
Digital dentistry uses special laser scanning devices to capture extremely accurate replicas of your mouth and replaces the need for conventional stone models.
These new virtual models are actually digital files that can be shared electronically with other dentists and dental technicians. Restorations can then be designed virtually using special computer software instead of being made entirely by hand, making the entire process much more efficient, predictable and more precise.
As a patient, what is the benefit to me?
1. TIME Some dentists have acquired a specific digital technology that enables them to make restorations such as crowns and veneers in a single visit, right in the dental office. What used to take two weeks is now achieved in approximately 90 minutes or less, and without the need for uncomfortable temporary crowns. This translates into fewer dental visits as well.
2. COMFORT Digital dentistry eliminates the messy impression pastes used in the past. The laser scanner is similar to a toothbrush in size and captures detailed images of your teeth quickly and comfortably.
3. PRECISION Digital models of your mouth are the most accurate models possible. This means you receive the very best quality and fit of whatever your restoration may be.This technology is now used routinely to make dentures, crowns, veneers, bridges, nightguards, Invisalign and implant solutions as well.
Digital dentistry has revolutionized dental care and continues to improve patient experiences at the dentist. Faster treatments, excellent quality and fewer visits – all with more comfort than ever before. Ask your dentist about digital treatment solutions and how they can make your next dental visit even better!