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Digital Dentistry


Digital Dentistry: New Materials and Technologies (The new Revolution in Dentistry)

From the past few decades, dentistry has witnessed tremendous changes and innovations like never before. The advancements and digitization in the field of dentistry have made it possible to reach excellence in all kinds of treatments and restorations.

Digital dentistry, as the name suggests, is considered as any treatment method that incorporates digital or computer-controlled equipment replacing the manual or electrical methods. The advancements in technology have allowed the dental experts to ensure the best quality treatments while maintaining an attractive and natural-looking appearance along with the production of prosthetic dental restorations with greater precision than conventional protocols.

Smile and Glow dental Health care clinic offers a full range of dental treatment, from cosmetic to surgical procedures that will help maintain your oral health for life. Here are just a few of the latest technologies that Smile and Glow Dental Health care clinic uses to ensure world-class services to the patients.

Take a look at the latest advancements in dental technology

Digitization in dentistry saves a lot of time. The brand new technologies facilitate exact and accurate results in both cosmetic and surgical procedures including implants. Patients can see immediate visualization of how the treatment outcome will be. The following are the latest state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge technology that Smile and Glow dental Health care clinic offers for its clients.

  • ● Intraoral Camera

An intraoral camera allows for a precise diagnosis by providing a clear picture of the inside of a patient's mouth and use the images for the patient's assessment and education.

The powerful magnification and illumination of an intraoral camera helps in the early detection of oral diseases such as gum diseases and cavities, which can be otherwise missed with the naked eye. This helps the patient in understanding of the expert findings of his/her oral health and the need for treatments

  • ● Radiovisiography

A Radio Visio Graphic machine provides a detailed X-Ray image of the patient's oral health. This will enhance the diagnostic ability of a dentist, providing a precise identification of the dental problem. This is a very safe procedure compared to the conventional X-rays as the Radio Visio Graphic machine emits 90% less radiation.

Radio Visio Graphy helps the patients to be a part of the diagnosis, as they can see the images on the screen on a large size. A dentist can educate the patient about the severity of the condition and suggest the right treatment methods. The images developed in the radiovisiography can be stored for future consultation and analysis.

  • ● Diagnodents

Diagnodent is one of the most advanced dental devices that detects the intensity of the cavity on a tooth. The conventional method of detecting cavities using only visual, probing, and x-ray clues has proven to be only 50-75% accurate as cavities can hide along fissure lines or inside biting or occlusal surfaces. The laser diode on the diagnodent shined on the teeth provides a digital readout, which helps to identify the tiniest bit of tooth decay.

  • ● CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing)

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CAD/CAM is a revolutionary development in the field of dentistry as it replaced the conventional style of manufacturing crowns and bridges. CAD/CAM, with the help of high definition 3D scanning devices, allows to picturise the 3 Dimensional models of a patient's teeth, soft tissues and jaw. The CAD-CAM helps in manufacturing the crowns and bridges with high precision.

CAD/CAM uses a multidimensional impression of the patient's mouth to create a model of the prosthetic. One of the best advantages of this method is that it saves a lot of time, as the overall process takes only a few minutes. Moreover, the patient could receive the prosthesis on the very same day.

  • ● Digital Impressions

A digital impression is the cutting edge technology used to make a replica of the inside of the mouth. This is done using computers, high-end design software, lasers, and other optical scanning devices. Compared to traditional methods, digital impressions are clear, accurate, and save time. Patients find it more convenient and comfortable than conventional methods.

Since it’s a computerised digital impression of the patients mouth, this will be saved and can be retrieved back for future reference . The conventional impression taken in the clinic has to be sent to the lab for fabrication, which is a time consuming process but in this method, the transfer of the work takes no time and the fabrication process can be started quickly.

  • ● Digital smile design (DSD) DSD is the latest dental treatment planning tool to diagnose problems within the mouth and jaw. A digital smile design uses videos, photographs, and temporary mock-ups, facilitating precise intraoral evaluation for the dentist and providing better visual perception, education, and motivation for the patients. A digital smile design helps the dentists to achieve excellence, improve accuracy, and boost communication. This helps the patients to be an active participant in the treatment process.

In a conventional way of designing a patients smile without the use of any technology, the dentist will have a vague idea of what the patient’s expectation would be and the patient might as well find it difficult to express his/her expectation of the smile they want in just words. Designing a patient’s smile according to the shape and contour of the face makes a huge difference in the outcome. The lab technician wouldn’t be having any idea of this in the conventional method. Whereas in Digital Smile Designing the patient will be able to participate right from the beginning in clearly explaining how they want their smile to be, Dentist can then and there design the smile for the patient, make the corrections and show the final outcome. The lab technician also will now have a clear idea of the patient’s facial features and fabricates accordingly which results in getting the perfect smile as how the patient and the dentist expected.

A digital smile design thus helps to deliver the treatment more precisely than the conventional methods.

  • ● Dental Microscope

A dental microscope redefined the concept of visualization. It eliminates approximation and makes the treatment more precise. A dental microscope helps the dentist to make a precise diagnosis of the oral condition through the magnification of objects. This technology ensures not only the quality of the dentists' work but also the prolonged oral health of the patient.

A dental microscope plays a vital role in the success of root canal treatment and micro-invasive surgery, minimizing risks, and reduce the overall healing time. A dental microscope is attached with a camera allowing the patient to be a part of the diagnosing process and understanding their oral condition more deeply.

  • ● T- Scan T-scan is a digital occlusal analysis system used to evaluate the level and timing of force on individual teeth and the occlusal stability of the overall bite. This device helps the dentist to examine the premature contact, high forces, and the interrelationship of occlusal surfaces of the teeth. A T-scan is an important method that helps to balance your occlusion with precise accuracy.

Authored By : Dr. S. Hemamalathi and Dr. K. S Senthil Kumar

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