What does digital dentistry involve?

Technological advancements have been a game-changer for many industries, and dentistry is no exception. In recent years, many dentist practices have chosen to go digital for some procedures because of the advantages it has on overall patient experience and efficiency. 

Essentially, digital dentistry refers to the use of technologies and devices to carry out treatments that would typically require mechanical or electrical tools. These devices can be used to examine, diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions or diseases you might have. 

There are many areas of digital dentistry and many more that are still being developed, but there are a few common treatments that you may come across in your next appointment:

Digital injections 

Many types of dental treatments rely on anaesthetic injections. If you’re not comfortable receiving dental injections, it may affect your treatment. 

The Wand is a computer-controlled dental-injection anaesthesia system that places the numbing solution slower than is humanly possible. 

It is the most effective way to numb an area because of its slow, steady anaesthetic delivery. This also means less discomfort because the sting from an injection usually comes from the solution being delivered too quickly.

Intraoral camera 

Cutting-edge intraoral camera technology allows dentists to visually examine your entire mouth using a small, hand-held device. 

The camera immediately projects sharp, high-resolution images of your mouth onto a screen for you to view. Not only does this help your dentist with diagnostics and treatment, but it also enables patients to understand their oral health issues better.

Diode lasers 

Laser technology is one of the latest advances in dentistry. The Diode laser delivers energy in the form of a high-powered light. 

Depending on the intended outcome, this energy moves at different wavelengths before it is absorbed or reflected by a “target.” These targets are usually enamel, decay, or gum tissue in dentistry. Each one absorbs a specific wavelength of light while reflecting others.

Unlike with dental drills, there is no heat or vibration with laser dentistry, making the procedure quite comfortable for most patients. 

It eliminates the need for suturing for soft-tissue procedures, and healing is much faster. In addition, diode lasers are safe and effective for treating both children and adults.

CAD/CAM technology & CEREC 

CAD/CAM technology makes it possible for dentists to perform complex restorations faster, more efficiently, and accurately. For example, dental prostheses can be created and fitted in a single visit using CAD/CAM technology known as CEREC. CEREC stands for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics” and is customarily used to simplify dental procedures like crowns, implants, and bridges. CEREC machines make use of 3D-imaging software to make accurate and detailed replication of your teeth. The software will then highlight the areas that need to be restored and work creating the restorative piece from a ceramic block. This process is usually complete within 20 minutes. 

Digital radiography  

The Rextar Handheld X-ray Unit is a convenient and efficient device for digital imaging. 

To take a conventional dental X-ray, dentists have to position devices and place sensors or film in the patients’ mouths. Due to the weight, function and distribution of buttons, conventional X-ray equipment should be handled by both hands, making it difficult to manoeuvre and manage.

The Rextar devices have been designed with patients in mind. It is compact in size and lightweight so that dentists can get the best possible x-rays without repeated exposure.

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