What is the Next-Gen Dentistry?
Over the last few years, a lot of advancements occurred in the field of dental technology. To know how we use NEXT-GEN tech to handle discomfort, produce beautiful outcomes, and minimize inconvenience for our customers read further!
CAD/CAM Same-day Crown Fabrication. Hate to wait? By combining 3-D digital imaging and computer-aided design and manufacturing technology, it's now possible to have permanent crown restorations completed in a single day — much better than leaving the office with temporary crowns and coming back weeks later for permanent ones!
Cone Beam CT Imaging. What's better than an x-ray of your teeth? An on-screen, movable 3-D representation of your jaws! By taking a series of x-ray “slices” and stitching the images together with a powerful computer program, Cone Beam CT imaging creates a virtual model of your mouth. It can be used to find disease, plan procedures, and visualize internal structures that formerly wouldn't have been visible without surgery.
Dental Implants. Tooth replacement took a giant leap forward with the widespread use of dental implants — today's preferred method of replacing teeth. Dental implants are small titanium posts that replace the root part of your missing tooth. A realistic dental crown is then attached to the implant for a replacement tooth that looks and feels exactly like what nature gave you.
Digital Dental Impressions. Remember biting down on a tray of putty-like material, so a model could be made of your teeth? A digital imaging device now makes that unnecessary. Instead, your teeth can be “dusted” with a fine reflective powder, which is then recorded by a special camera. A series of images is converted into a 3-D model, which can be used to assess a tooth's condition or fabricate dental restorations.
Digital X-Rays. Diagnostic x-rays have long been invaluable to dentistry. The emergence of digital technology in the past decade, however, has made dental x-rays safer and even more useful. Digital technology cuts radiation exposure to patients by as much as 90% over traditional x-rays. And there are other advantages including the elimination of waiting time for pictures to develop and sharper images that can be enhanced instantly to show detail.
Intra-Oral Camera. A picture is worth… plenty, when it comes to helping you understand your dental examination, diagnosis, and treatment! With these tiny cameras, you can see what the dentist sees, on a small chair-side monitor. The images of your teeth can be saved as stills or video — or even printed out — so you can see exactly what's happening in your mouth.
Laser Diagnosis and Treatment. They're inside DVD players and scanner wands — and now, they are making their dental debut. Lasers are being used to detect tiny spots of tooth decay, treat gum disease, and remove cancerous cells in the mouth. They are also employed in gum surgery… even cavity treatments!
The concept of 3D printing has revolutionized the whole world of dentistry, offering various potential applications that assist in effective and efficient workflow for dentists and lab technicians. By helping obtain accurate end-results, 3D printing allows printing complex designs with unequaled flexibility and same-day procedures.
At Briarwood, we use 3D printing technology to help us provide the gentlest dental care to our patients. Furthermore, the technology assists us in research and testing.
The 3-Dimensional printing technology has allowed our dental practitioners to produce more precise and cost-effective treatments for patients. With the advanced scanning technology assisted by 3D technology, our dentists can fabricate working models, orthodontic devices, prosthetic restorations, and accurate replicas of the jaw and teeth for dental procedures like maxillofacial prostheses and implant placement. These accurate, exact replicas assist our dentists in designing corrective dental appliances and restorations, offering better fit, look, and functionality.
3D printers in dentistry provide the best results with intricate details of objects by featuring lights or lasers that fuse a powder or polymerize a liquid with the accuracy and precision that are guided by computer technology. It is now able to produce models, parts, or full restorations from a broad range of materials like plastics, metals, and ceramics, using various techniques. Thus, it is now possible to fabricate strong, reliable orthodontic models offering best-in-class results and so much more.
At Briarwood, we use the latest, state-of-the-art dental technology to fabricate various dental appliances on-site to fabricate custom crowns, laminates, and fillings that perfectly fit your mouth. Thus, it is able to vastly reduce the time required to fabricate dental restorations from weeks to a few hours and perform cosmetic and restorative procedures, speeding up the dental treatments and making them fast and efficient.