Many procedures can be completed in a dental office using advanced technology. At Town Center Dental, these procedures include digital X-rays, whitening treatments, periodontal care, oral cancer screenings, and more. Using digital technology allows patients to have a better overall experience during their appointments instead of feeling anxious and uncomfortable. By incorporating new technology into our dental practice, our dentist can treat more patients and provide them with higher-quality care.
Advanced dental technologies such as same-day crowns or same-day bridges allow dentists to mill these restorations right in the office. This eliminates the need for the patient to wear a temporary crown or bridge for a week or two before getting their final restoration. Additionally, these restorations can be shaded to match the patient’s teeth to provide the most natural-looking results possible. With faster treatment times and more precise results, patients can get in and out of the office quicker than ever.
The Types of Dental Technologies
Digital X-rays offer patients a safer and more convenient alternative to traditional X-ray imaging. They expose you to far less radiation than conventional film-based X-rays. They actually emit a much lower level of radiation than regular computer screens. With digital X-rays, our dentist can zoom in on specific image areas for a more detailed view. Digital X-rays are also better for the environment since there are no hazardous chemicals to dispose of.
Laser dentistry makes several treatments more comfortable and convenient than traditional approaches. Some common laser-assisted dental treatments include gum disease therapy, cosmetic gum contouring, and teeth whitening. Laser dentistry is less invasive and more precise than other treatment options.
Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)
Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans are non-invasive 3D scans of a patient’s oral anatomy. They are used to plan dental implant surgery and other complex dental procedures that require an in-depth view of the patient’s mouth.
Benefits of Dental Technology
Dentists use many modern tools like digital X-rays and panoramic imaging to identify problems like cavities or gum disease with greater accuracy than they would have in the past. Traditional X-rays are two-dimensional images that give dentists an image of the structures of your mouth that they can see from the front and the side. But they don’t know what’s between your teeth in the back. With the emergence of 3D imaging and other technologies, dentists can get a much more thorough and detailed picture of what’s going on in your mouth without having to take multiple traditional X-rays. This allows them to diagnose issues like tooth decay more quickly in the earliest stages so patients can be treated conservatively rather than needing more invasive procedures later.
If you want to learn more about the dental technology we use at Town Center Dental, visit us at 301 E Cook St, Ste F, Santa Maria, CA 93454, or call (805) 925-2652 to book an appointment.