Technology continues to change our lives every day. Increasingly, dentists are choosing to use cutting-edge tools and new innovations in technology to take care of our oral health. Depending on the type of treatment we require, dentists are now able to successfully treat many common dental conditions in a gentle, minimally invasive manner.
Below are five technologies that are changing the world of dentistry rapidly. Using this technology with the right expertise can reduce treatment pain up to 95 per cent and reduce duration of the treatment from multiple visits during a week, to few minutes in a single visit.
The NNN Veneers technology
This versatile cosmetic professional treatment allows dentists to give their patients a natural looking beautiful smile, without pain, drilling, or injections. Because of the non-invasive nature of this treatment, patients always have the option of going back to their natural teeth at any time.
This state-of-the-art technology provides painless injections. A massive innovation in the field of anaesthetics, QuickSleeper can be used to anesthetise the tooth without the patient feeling the needle. It only anesthetises the tooth itself without the surrounding structures, which means when dentists’ use it on the patients, their lips and tongue will not feel any numbness. They will have full sensation in their mouth and only the tooth will be anesthetised.
iTero Element 5D scanner
This technology is a one-of-a-kind hybrid dental imaging system that simultaneously records 3D, intraoral colour and Near Infrared Imaging (NIRI) images and enables comparison over time using iTero Time-lapse technology. The scanner allows the dentist to see a calculated prediction of the results before the orthodontic treatment begins, giving the patients an opportunity to preview the potential results of the treatment.
It is also the first scanner to use the NIRI System, which enables dentists to detect cavities without an x-ray, which means there is no requirement for radiation, thus, making it 100 per cent safe for pregnant women or patients with cancer who are already receiving radiation doses.
The iTero Element 5D scanner enables dentists to detect cavities without an x-ray, which means there is no requirement for radiation.
Waterlase Dental Laser
This laser system is a gentle alternative to traditional dental tools. Using laser energy and water spray, Waterlase can perform many procedures like drill teeth, cut gum and bone, make a root canal treatment and lighten the colour of the gum, all without pain or bleeding. Waterlase is virtually painless, it is a dental laser that enables the trained dentist to use minimal and, in some cases, even no anaesthetic or drills to perform many routine dental procedures.
Shape Trios Scanner
It is not uncommon to hear that patients need to take multiple trips to their dentists to get one treatment – this piece of technology has completely changed that. Shape Trios is a 3D scanner, which is used for producing dental crowns and bridges in a single visit and in less than an hour using a 3D printer to print out the tooth for the patient on the spot. Compared to the usual way of making this procedure, this machine does the job of three dental clinic visits in one.