Dental innovations have drastically improved your dental care. Some are flashy and obvious. Others you won't even notice but will make your dental appointment smoother and easier.
Does all that fancy stuff cost more?
Recently while taking digital X-Rays and gushing to my client about the benefits of digital technology, I found myself faced with a question that may be on your mind...
"Isn't it GREAT?" I asked.
"Sure, as long as I don't have to pay for all this fancy stuff!" was his reply.
He had a good point.
All the fancy stuff is expensive. But, because it saves your dentist time and money, it shouldn't cost you any more than dental treatment done the old fashioned way.
Digital x-rays are faster and safer. Dental radiographs have never been a major source of radiation now digital dental x-rays have made them even safer.
Digital x-rays use up to 90% less radiation than traditional X-rays....90% less!
If you are worried about radiation at the dental office, don't be. You are safer now than ever.
Digital dental X-Rays are not only safer, they are faster, better, and more comfortable.
One nice feature of digital is the ability to enlarge the image. Bigger pictures make it easier for you and your dentist to diagnose any problems or see clearly how healthy your teeth look.
Since using a digital system I have noticed more clients commenting on and asking about their X-rays.
Digital makes it easier for you to see what your dentist sees. This is a good thing. It's your mouth, after all:)
Cerec crowns are one of my favorite dental innovations. If you have had a crown before Cerec, you know that it takes two visits, requires impressions and you have a temporary crown for two weeks.
A Cerec crown is designed by your dentist with the help of a computer.
The crown is then made in the office while you wait. No messy impressions. No temporary crown that doesn't fit very well and might come off. You have a beautiful new crown in one visit.
Invisalign is a new way to straighten teeth without metal wires and brackets. All that metal looks cute if you are 13, but some kids and most adults prefer a more subtle orthodontic treatment called Invisalign.
Clear plastic aligners are worn. The almost invisible aligners gradually move your teeth. Most orthodontists offer invisalign and some general dentists are trained to straighten teeth with invisalign.
The average cost of invisalign braces is about the same as traditional types of orthodontic braces.
Intra Oral Cameras have taken your care to a new level. Intra oral cameras allow a picture...not an x-ray, to be taken inside your mouth. You can see inside your mouth and your dentist can see and diagnose with better accuracy.
Why is this a big deal?
Some dental problems do not show up on X-rays and are difficult to diagnose. Gum disease symptoms are a very good example. Other examples are cracked teeth, worn enamel, mouth sores or cancer.
Intra oral cameras allow your dentist or dental hygienist to document the condition of your mouth. When you come back in six months, comparisons can be made. We don't have to guess or wonder if a problem has improved, stayed the same, or gotten worse.
Lasers are being used more and more. Dental lasers are used to treat gum disease and sometimes for crowns and fillings.
Because they don't cause bleeding, lasers make it easier for your dentist to make crown and fillings. If it is easier for the dentist, you end up with a better result:)
Technology in dentistry is amazing! If I were choosing a dentist I would want them to have some of the latest dental innovations. But technology is only one thing to consider. There are bad dentists that have all the latest dental innovations too.
Other factors are just as important. Don't be satisfied until you find the whole package.