Advanced Dental Technology
Dental technology has greatly advanced over the years, always moving toward one goal: giving patients better experiences and outcomes. Our dental team at Wetherill Family Dentistry uses tools such as the ones listed below to diagnose and treat problems.
X-rays are a key dental technology for diagnostic purposes. Also known as dental radiographs, they provide our team a look at the state of your teeth, roots, and jaw. X-rays can help detect issues such as tooth decay and cysts as well as bone loss from periodontal disease. Abscesses and problems with tooth positioning may also come to light thanks to X-rays. Today’s digital X-ray technology produces relatively little radiation and is considered quite safe.
Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing
CAD/CAM dental technology is a technology used for planning and producing restorative crowns, veneers, and bridges. Because the use of computers and advanced manufacturing tools allows for the quick creation of custom materials, CAD/CAM technology can sometimes reduce what were once multi-visit obligations down to a single visit. Additionally, in many instances, digital scanning means patients don’t need to have dental impressions made, as such impressions require biting down on a gooey substance called alginate (which some people find distasteful).
Intraoral cameras are a dental technology whose benefits are readily apparent to both dentists and patients. Today’s intraoral cameras are unobtrusive and are able to give dentists a look inside a patient’s mouth by producing high-quality digital images. Like X-rays, they can help detect a range of problems, including soft tissue lesions and broken teeth. Magnification helps dentists spot problems that may otherwise escape the naked eye. Because these images are easy to show to patients, they can help patients in Wilmington understand what’s going on in their mouths.
Dental Technology and Your Oral Health
Dr. Wetherill may have other technological implements at his disposal as well as those mentioned above. Such tools provide even more benefits when they’re combined with a regular schedule of dental visits and good oral hygiene at home. Contact our office in Wilmington today to learn how breakthroughs in dental technology can help with your oral health.