We all know dentistry, just like all medicine, has come a long way, especially from the early era of Dr. Quinn-style dentistry. But what many people are unaware of is the incredible advances that have happened in the last 10 years. From the advancements in technology to the warm and inviting atmosphere of the rooms, dentistry has changed to become more and more patient-focused in terms of both comfort and convenience. It’s nothing like your Mama’s dentist.
These developments also mean dentists are able to provide more accurate diagnoses and focus on preventative care rather than reacting to issues, thus saving you time and money down the line. And of course, all the technology means quicker and more efficient services such as same-day crowns, implant-supported dentures, and tooth alignment.
It’s an ever-changing landscape, but let’s take a look at seven of the most significant innovations the field of dentistry has seen in the last decade:
Seven Ways Dentistry Has Changed Over the Last 10 Years
It’s more about preventative care
In the past, it was up to the dentist to identify and fix problems once they were already there. But that has changed. Today, with the advancement in technology and a better understanding of what causes issues, your dentist is better equipped to provide preventative rather than restorative care.
Talking about preventative care, have you brushed your teeth using a smart toothbrush yet? We knew it wouldn’t be too long before these snazzy little gadgets made an appearance, but what are smart toothbrushes and how do they work? Thanks to sensors in the head of the brush you can send information to an app on your smartphone. You can record how long you brushed for, how much pressure you applied, and even the type of angle you were holding your toothbrush. And it doesn’t stop there – these interactive apps include games and rewards to encourage children to brush regularly.
Finding cavities with lasers
Remember those stick-like poking thingymajigs dentists used to find cavities? Those have now made way for the diode laser, which is able to detect a weakness or a cavity in the tooth. Armed with this type of technology, your dentist can watch the tooth, check on how it is doing at your next visit, and take the necessary action early on.
Two of the most significant changes dentistry has seen in the last 10 years are computer-assisted design (CAD), and computer-assisted manufacture (CAM), technologies dentists use nowadays for procedures like bridges and crowns. What it means is that a crown can be made and fitted in one day, rather than waiting for it to be sent to a dental laboratory. Great Miami Dental is one of the few practices in the area that has both the technology and expertise to help you with a same-day crown.
Anesthesia without needles
Can we get a whoop whoop? So maybe anesthesia with a needle is no big deal for you, but some of us still have needle issues. Today, many dentists (including us) use electronic anesthesia, which doesn’t leave you slurring your words or accidentally biting your tongue. While this is still fairly new, it is just one of the many ways dentists are doing their best to make your visit as stress-free as possible.
3D digital imaging
Another exciting development in dentistry is the use of 3D imaging. This amazing technology allows dentists to not only see your teeth, but also to pick up any issues with your tissue, muscle, bone, and nerves. As well as this, the accuracy of 3D digital imaging allows for a more accurate diagnosis that saves you a lot of stress and money down the line.
The dentist’s environment
You don’t have to wait to get into the dentist’s chair to see how much the field has changed over the last 10 years. From the moment you walk through the front door, chances are you will notice a more people-centric environment with a focus on comfort and care. The dentist’s office itself will have things like eye masks, headphones for your music, televisions on the ceiling, Wi-Fi, blankets, and even iPads. Pediatric dentists often have video games and a variety of toys, and some also use the services of therapy animals to make sure your kids are keen to visit.
Dentistry has most certainly changed, and for the better, over the last 10 years, which means you don’t have any more excuses to not make an appointment. From a warm and safe environment to state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Lang and his team at Great Miami Dental will help you take your oral health to the next level.