No Dental Insurance...No Problem!!

No Dental Insurance...No Problem!!

For patients who do not have dental insurance, or are unhappy with what their current plan has to offer, The Carolina Center for Advanced dentistry offers an in office insurance plan to ensure that you are able to receive the dental care that you need at an affordable rate.  Unlike traditional dental insurance policies that come with limitations, our Advanced Dental Plan (ADP) offers you limitless dental care.  We love helping patients have healthy, beautiful smiles and making access to dental care as easy as possible.  Enrollment with the ADP plan for one year includes

 

*2 Routine Cleanings with Fluoride

*2 Periodic Examinations by Your Dentist

*Yearly Periodontal Examinations by Your Hygienist

*A Yearly Set of Bitewing X-rays

*Oral Cancer Screening

*A Yearly Sleep Disordered Breathing Screening

*Full Mouth Series & Panoramic X-rays Discounted to $85.00

*15% Discount off of all Dental Procedures, Including all Specialty Services

 

ADP Annual Fees

*New Patients $375.00

*Children $325.00

*Established Patients $300.00

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Burning Mouth Syndrome, A Hot Topic

Burning Mouth Syndrome, A Hot Topic

We have all burned our mouths and tongues on hot food at some point, but imagine living with a burning sensation in your mouth all day every day.  This is the plight of those who suffer with Burning Mouth (or Burning Tongue) Syndrome.  This condition affects close to five percent of Americans.  Most often it affects the top of the tongue, the lower lip, and the roof of the mouth.  The constant burning sensation may be accompanied by a dry, gritty feeling in the mouth and changes to taste sensation. 

            The cause of Burning Mouth syndrome is unknown, but research has shown that this condition is the result of a nervous system malfunction, whereby the nerves do not send or process information correctly, leaving the pain receptors active.  This does not mean that there is permanent damage to the nerves, but an alteration in the way they function which can often be linked to other conditions.  Some of the conditions that can contribute to Burning Mouth Syndrome include but are not limited to:

 

Nutritional Deficiencies- Low levels of Iron, Zinc, and Vitamin B-12 can contribute to neuropathies and BMS.

 

Dry Mouth- Dry mouth may be the result of diabetes, Sjogrens Syndrome, radiation therapy, or it can be a side effect of too many medications.

 

Hormonal Changes- Women experiencing menopause and post-menopausal women have a higher incidence of BMS.

 

Fungal Infections- Oral Candidiasis can directly cause a burning sensation.  It does not always appear as a white film and can often be overlooked.

 

Acid Reflux- Reflux can be its own problem secondary to over-production of stomach acid, inability of the muscles to hold the acid within the stomach or dietary concerns.  It can also be the result of undiagnosed sleep apnea.  Acid insult to the oral tissues can cause burning, discomfort or alteration of taste.

 

Sensitivity to Foods or Dental Products- Spicy foods or flavoring such as Cinnamon can directly irritate the taste buds.  Reactions or allergies to dental products can have the same effect.  The products that most commonly cause these issues are toothpaste ingredients, alcohol containing mouthwashes, denture adhesives, acrylics and non-precious metals.

 

            The best way to find out what is causing this condition involves both a dental and physical exam.  The dentist can readily recognize oral candidiasis, sensitivity, and dry mouth, while the physician can perform bloodwork to see if there are nutritional deficiencies or systemic conditions contributing.  Addressing any underlying disorders found by both the physician and dentist should help. 

            Finally there are a few steps you can take first, before being tested.  Drinking water regularly and chewing sugarless gum to promote saliva may take care of the symptoms.  Avoiding tobacco and products with alcohol should also help, as well as avoiding hot, spicy, or acidic foods.  Introduction of a quality daily multivitamin may also be of benefit.  If the condition persists despite all of these efforts, talk with your general dentist and your physician.  For many, Burning Mouth Syndrome symptoms can be alleviated or vastly improved.

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Follow Us on Facebook or Instagram For a Chance to Win

Follow Us on Facebook or Instagram For a Chance to Win

All of our followers on Facebook and Instagram are automatically entered to win our monthly giveaways.  This month we are giving away a gift certificate to our local spa, The Spa on Main.  The winner will get a certiface for a 1 hour facial along with a foot masque.  

On Facebook, we are listed by our name, Carolina Center for Advanced Dentistry.  On Instagram you can find us at cacenter4advanceddentistry.  Follow us and we will follow you back.

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February is Heart Health Month

February is Heart Health Month

February is Heart Health Month.  Many people are not aware that dental health and heart health are related.  As a matter of fact, 91% of people with heart disease also suffer from gum disease.  Researchers have had a difficult time proving that taking care of your teeth will prevent heart disease; however there are theories about how the two are connected.

 

*Daily activities like chewing and brushing may release bacteria into the bloodstream which cause infection elsewhere in the body.  The same species of bacteria that is found in patients with gum disease has also been discovered in the plaque in arteries in the heart.

 

*Gum disease and heart disease both contribute to inflammation in the body.

 

            The idea that bacteria in the mouth cause disease in other areas in the body is reasonable, but has yet to be proven.  While we cannot definitively say that by taking care of your teeth you will lower your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, you can prevent the possibility of health complications by brushing and flossing your teeth as well as visiting your dentist for regular cleanings and exams.  The positive effects of these practices are well established!!

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Sugar and It's Impact on Your Teeth

Sugar and It's Impact on Your Teeth

January is the time of year when a lot of people try to cut back on their eating.  Between that post holiday sugar hangover and bathing suit season looming on the horizon, for many folks this is the perfect time to reduce their sugar intake.  However, there is another reason that cutting back on sugar is a good idea, because sugar plays a harmful role in tooth decay!

            Not too long ago, the American Dental Association reported bacteria as being one of the chief causes of tooth decay.  Basically bacteria in the mouth (Streptococcus Mutants) use sugar to get their energy.  The byproduct  of this is acid which is harmful to teeth and causes cavities.  These acids form into a glue-like consistency making it easy for them to stick to the surface of teeth.  As a result, teeth begin to demineralize creating soft spots which ultimately become cavities. 

            There are a number of things that you can do if you want to reduce or prevent the decay of your teeth.  Of course you can start by cutting down on the amount of sugar that you consume.  Another thing that I would recommend to help cut down on the corrosion of your tooth’s enamel would be for you to make it a habit to brush your teeth as soon as you can after sugar consumption.  Because the acids sticks to your teeth so well, saliva is not enough to wash the bacteria away, brushing is essential!  The next thing I would like to suggest is that you do a little research to make yourself more aware.  Get to know which foods contain large amounts of hidden sugar and try to make changes in your diet.  Cutting back on the extra sugar will surely decrease the rate of deterioration, not to mention, it will have you looking great as bathing suit season creeps in.

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January 12, is National Hot Tea Day

January 12, is National Hot Tea Day

The Tea Council of the U.S.A. recognizes January 12, as National Hot Tea Day.  Green tea is not only rich in culture and diverse flavors, but it also holds many health benefits.  As a matter of fact, researches are finding that the antimicrobial molecules found in tea called Catechin increases the odds of keeping your teeth as you age.  Regular consumption of green tea leads to a lower incidence of periodontal disease, the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. 

            A study was completed which analyzed the periodontal health of 940 men who drank one cup of sugar free green tea daily.  The men were 49 to 59 years old and were examined on three indicators of periodontal disease: gum pocket depth, clinical attachment loss of gum tissue, and bleeding of gum tissue upon probing.  The outcome that these researchers found was that for every one cup of green tea consumed per day, there was a decrease in all three indicators.  The researches believe that the antioxidant Catechin interferes with the body’s inflammatory response to periodontal bacteria.

            Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gums and bone that supports teeth.  Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is essential in maintaining a healthy body, as periodontal disease has been associated with the progression of other life threatening diseases such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes. 

            As always, it is recommended that you brush properly at least twice daily and floss regularly to reduce and prevent periodontal disease.  It is also critical that you have your teeth cleaned on a regular schedule to remove calculus build up and to treat any existing gum disease.  However, it doesn’t hurt to find simple things like drinking green tea to boost periodontal health.

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No Dental Insurance? No Problem!

No Dental Insurance?  No Problem!

For patients who do not have dental insurance, or are unhappy with what their current plan has to offer, The Carolina Center for Advanced dentistry offers an in office insurance plan to ensure that you are able to receive the dental care that you need at an affordable rate.  Unlike traditional dental insurance policies that come with limitations, our Advanced Dental Plan (ADP) offers you limitless dental care.  We love helping patients have healthy, beautiful smiles and making access to dental care as easy as possible.  Enrollment with the ADP plan for one year includes

 

*2 Routine Cleanings with Fluoride

*2 Periodic Examinations by Your Dentist

*Yearly Periodontal Examinations by Your Hygienist

*A Yearly Set of Bitewing X-rays

*Oral Cancer Screening

*A Yearly Sleep Disordered Breathing Screening

*Full Mouth Series & Panoramic X-rays Discounted to $85.00

*15% Discount off of all Dental Procedures, Including all Specialty Services

 

ADP Annual Fees

*New Patients $375.00

*Children $325.00

*Established Patients $300.00

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We Got a Little Carried Away

We Got a Little Carried Away

Our office Christmas lunch was beyond fun this year once our treasured hygienist Katy broke out the Speak Out game.  Hasbro’s Speak Out is this year’s must have game.  Though this hilarious game is much like games of days gone by in that it requires one player to try and get the other players to try and figure out what information is written on the card that they have chosen, it is very different because the reader has to wear a cheek retractor, which prevents the reader from being able to speak properly.

            We had such a great time!  Perhaps too great, because we went from reading and guessing phrases straight into singing Christmas carols, all while wearing these silly mouthpieces.  It was all fun and games until the next day when our ever faithful Dr. Cara Lawson awoke with a mouthful of painful sores better known as apthous ulcers.   I noticed on Facebook Christmas day that apparently everyone who I follow must have gotten the Speak Out game for Christmas, since someone was wearing a cheek retractor in every other picture on my news feed, I thought this would be a good time to explain exactly what an apthous ulcer is and to give some tips for helping them to heal.

            Aphthous ulcers are the most common form of oral ulcers.  They are not contagious, simply small non-scarring sores that develop on the soft tissues of the mouth.  Most often they are a result of such things as mouth injuries, a poor diet, viral infections, a weak immune system, or hormonal changes. There are all sorts of outside factors that can contribute to the development of nagging aphthous ulcers as well.  Things such as eating hot, spicy foods, smoking, some medications, and playing with cheek retractors are all common culprits of aphthous ulcers. 

            There is no magic cure for healing these little ulcers once they develop, but there are some tricks that I like to suggest that might aid in the healing process.  Of course most know that rinsing with warm salt water twice a day can be quite helpful.  Another at home treatment that I like to suggest to my patients is for them to rinse with a half and half mixture of Kaopectate and Benadryl.  The Kaopectate will coat the lesions and the Benadryl will numb them a little.  This process will not cause your ulcers to heal any faster, but it will definitely ease the pain somewhat.  If you’re like me and you want them to heal faster, you can always come into the office and have the ulcers lasered.  This procedure does not hurt at all.  It doesn’t even require the patient to be numbed up and only takes about 15 minutes.  Basically we run the laser over the ulcerated tissue where it forms a scab-like layer over the wound.  This process accelerates the healing and offers relief from the pain by cauterizing the tissue and inducing a reparative response.  Your ulcers will immediately feel better, basically comparable to what ulcers feel like just before they are fully healed. 

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Perio Protect Will Keep Your Mouth From Getting You Into Trouble

Perio Protect Will Keep Your Mouth From Getting You Into Trouble

At the Carolina Center for Advanced Dentistry, we offer a treatment program for patients who suffer with periodontal disease called Perio Protect.  As was written in an earlier post, it is a fact that nearly half of Americans above the age of 30 have periodontitis.  Many people don’t know they have this disease until they’re diagnosed by their dentist.  However, it is a serious disease and should not go untreated.  It is not only the number one cause of tooth loss, but research shows a connection between periodontal disease and serious health concerns including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hardening of the arteries, respiratory diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, low birth weight babies, and chronic inflammatory conditions.  This disease of the gums starts when a community of bacteria called a biofilm develops in the space or pocket between the teeth and gum tissue causing an infection.  One theory suggests that this oral bacterium enters the body through infected gum infections and small, bleeding wounds caused by these biofilms.  These small wounds in the tissue allow bacteria to enter into the blood stream and spread throughout the body. 

 

The symptoms of periodontal disease, better known as gum disease, include bleeding gums, sensitive teeth, persistent bad breath, swollen, red, or tender gums, spaces developing between the teeth, receding gums, and loose or mobile teeth.  These symptoms are a part of the body’s response to the bacterial infection.  Many people are known to ignore these symptoms for reasons unknown.  Perhaps it is because it is a disease that is hidden from view, or maybe they think it will remedy itself.  Whatever the reason, treatment is important.  Left unchecked, oral infections can lead to the destruction of your teeth and the bone supporting your teeth, not to mention the other inflammatory effects on the rest of the body.  It is important to visit your dentist for regular cleanings and exams, and to talk with him or her about your risk factors for gum disease and to have any infected areas of your mouth treated.

 

Periodontal disease is most often treated by your hygienist.  Hygienists are trained to perform professional deep cleanings where they even clean beneath the gum line in the space between the teeth and gum tissue.  This type of cleaning is called debridement and scaling, and it is the most successful way that modern dentistry offers to physically remove biofilms before they begin to detach and spread forming new infections.  Unfortunately, bacterial growth is hard to control between office visits.  Biofilms regenerate very easily and are difficult to reach under the gums with toothbrush, rinse, and floss.  This is where the new aforementioned Perio Protect Method can be helpful.  The Perio Protect Method combines these procedures performed with your hygienist with the prescription perio tray delivery of medication at home. This tray has a unique sealing system customized specifically for your mouth to keep dentist prescribed medication at the site of the infections.  Your dentist will provide individual treatment instructions for your condition.  The first phase of treatment may require more frequent usage.  As healing occurs, your dentist may decrease the frequency of use until you are ready to follow a simple maintenance schedule to help sustain healthy teeth and gums. This system is both comfortable and convenient, and research shows that Perio Protect Therapy and cleanings deliver better results than professional cleanings alone.       

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Dr. Horowitz Donates Services to People in Need

Dr. Horowitz Donates Services to People in Need

In the United States, there are a huge number of people who need dental treatment, but simply cannot afford to get it.  Dr. Jeff Horowitz participates in a donated dental services program called Dental Lifeline Network, which provides free, comprehensive dental treatment to our country’s most vulnerable people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile.  There are over 15,000 dental volunteers and 3,700 dental laboratories within this group that donate their services to these people who are in critical need of care. 

Unfortunately, often times our seniors do not have the opportunity to receive dental care.  Only 22% of them have the luxury of receiving dental insurance benefits, and those who cannot afford necessary treatment are twice more likely to lose their teeth than those who can afford to have work done.  Medicare is not an option for them either, because dental work is not a covered expense under this plan.  There is limited coverage for those who have Medicaid, generally only exams, single tooth x-rays, and extractions are covered expenses.  Needless to say, all too often, underprivileged Americans are not able to get the treatment that they may need.  Thanks to the kindness and generosity of volunteers within the Dental Lifeline Network, many lives are being forever transformed.  According to Dr. Horowitz, volunteering through Dental Lifeline Network has been a win-win experience.  When asked, he said it makes him feel good to do good things for those who are in need.    

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Sleep Apnea and Dentistry

Sleep Apnea and Dentistry

Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by repetitive pharangeal collapse during sleep, which causes the patient to repeatedly awake throughout the night.  Recent data shows connections between neurological and cardiovascular conditions that could potentially be caused by obstructive sleep apnea in an individual.  To regulate their breathing, patients suffering from sleep apnea will recurrently be aroused from sleep, causing their sleep to be fragmented.  Sleep is such an important function of the human body, and lack of adequate sleep can lead to systemic hypertension, myocardial infarction, cerebrovascular events, and even congestive heart failure.

            There are many health risk factors that go hand in hand with sleep apnea.  Obesity is present in over 70% of cases of sleep apnea due to compromised function of the respiratory system, along with more weight pulling down and shrinking the patient’s airways.  Men are more likely to develop sleep apnea than women.  For every five men diagnosed with sleep apnea, there is only one woman.  Social habits such as smoking cigarettes, which affect the upper airway, and drinking alcohol, which suppresses the pharangeal dilator muscle are factors that can determine whether or not an individual is more or less likely to develop sleep apnea.

            The most common form of treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP therapy, which is extremely effective with patients who have severe sleep apnea.  For other patients whose apnea is not as severe, oral appliance therapy is an excellent form of treatment .  Compliance with oral appliance therapy is often times more successful that CPAP.  CPAP adherence is low because of the size of the machine, the noise, and sheer discomfort of wearing the mask.  Oral appliances are preferred by most patients and should be considered for those who fail to use their CPAP machine.  An oral appliance is a custom-fitted device that reduces upper airway collapse by advancing the patient’s mandible, allowing the patient to breathe easier throughout the night.  Overwhelming evidence shows that oral appliance therapy can improve sleep apnea in many patients. 

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Sometimes Tooth Extractions Are Necessary

Sometimes Tooth Extractions Are Necessary

The experienced dentists at the Carolina Center for Advanced Dentistry will do everything possible to save your teeth, but sometimes tooth extractions are necessary.  Sometimes a tooth may be too severely broken down or decayed to be saved.  In other cases there is periodontal involvement causing the tooth to become unstable making extraction the only option.  Of course there are also instances where a tooth is simply poorly positioned in the mouth and having it removed is the best option.

 

We do two kinds of dental extractions at the Carolina Center for Advanced Dentistry, simple and surgical.  During a simple extraction, first the dentist will numb the area where the tooth will be taken out. Once the anesthetic has been applied he or she will gently lift the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. 

 

Surgical extractions often involve administering an anesthetic which will help you relax along with a local anesthetic to numb the area where the extraction will take place.  This will allow you to feel comfortable and free from pain.  Often times teeth in need of a surgical extraction are impacted or still below the gum.  Your dentist will make a tiny incision in the gum and create a flap which can be gently lifted allowing access too the tooth.  Through this access he or she is able to wiggle the tooth and lift it out of the socket.  Occasionally the tooth requires sectioning if it is too firmly anchored into the gums and not able to be wiggled free.  Sectioning a tooth basically means that the dentist simply cuts the tooth into several pieces removing it one section at a time. 

 

After a tooth is extracted, there will be some pain and minimal swelling, but it usually subsides within a few days.  Most of the time, after a few days our patients are able to resume their normal activities.  The healing process will roughly last for a week or two.  As the mouth begins to heal, new bone and gum tissue will begin to grow filling the gap left behind by the extracted tooth.  When you come to your follow up appointment with us, we will discuss the various options you have moving forward for replacing the missing tooth with an implant, fixed bridge, or partial denture.  

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Follow Us on Facebook or Instagram for a Chance to Win

Follow Us on Facebook or Instagram for a Chance to Win

All of our followers on Facebook and Instagram are automatically entered to win our monthly giveaways.  This month we are giving away this super  cute witch candy bowl full of sugar free treats.  If you don't already follow us, come join the fun.  On Facebook we are listed under our name, Carolina Center for Advanced Dentistry, and on Instagram you will find us at cacenter4advanceddentistry.    

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A Confident Smile Will Help You Look and Feel Your Powerful Best

A Confident Smile Will Help You Look and Feel Your Powerful Best

 

 

“Movie star smiles” are not just for the rich and famous anymore.  Regardless who you are or where you’re from, the appearance of your teeth has proven to be one of the most important features of self-image.  It is for this reason that cosmetic dentistry is among the fastest growing areas in the dental field.  The effect of a confident smile on social, personal, and business relationships is astounding.  Confidence and success go hand in hand. 

A U.S. News and World Report survey found that three out of four Americans believe that an unattractive smile hinders career success.  Another study showed that when two people were interviewed for the same job, with the same qualifications and wearing the same clothing, the person with the more attractive smile was not only more likely to be hired, they would also receive a higher starting salary.  The importance of an attractive smile should never be underestimated.  A nice smile can improve a person’s self image, affording them more confidence in their day-to-day lives.  The more confident a person is, the more likely they will be to express their thoughts and feelings.  This is why a healthy smile is so vital in helping individuals achieve what they desire.

In our practice, the reluctance of patients to discuss their dissatisfaction with their teeth has always amazed me.  Perhaps this reluctance is due to the fact that most people are not aware of the fantastic advances in modern dentistry.  Perhaps they do not realize that having a stellar smile can be affordable for them.  Perhaps they are simply embarrassed to ask.  Fortunately, we have discovered that by asking our patients if there were anything that they could change about their smile, what it would be has opened many doors for encouraging them to discuss which aspects of their smiles leave them feeling less than confident.  As a result, people are learning everyday that there are many wonderful cosmetic options for every dental concern. 

Keeping in mind the profound affect that the appearance of our teeth has on one’s overall self-image, look in the mirror and evaluate your own smile.  Are you happy with your teeth?  Are you reluctant to smile?  Do you find yourself constantly using your hands to cover your mouth because you find your teeth to be unattractive?  Do you have teeth that are discolored, crooked, chipped, or missing?  In a poll taken by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 92% of people said that they thought that a person’s smile was an important social asset, yet only 50% are satisfied with their own smile.  How do you rank?  Whether it is through something as simple and affordable as tooth whitening, or a procedure more complex such as braces, if you are one of the 50% who is not completely satisfied with what you see when you look in the mirror, you are likely a perfect candidate for cosmetic dentistry. 

            The first step in finding the right cosmetic dentist for your dental needs is to set up an appointment for an initial consultation where you can express your desires and discuss your many possibilities with your dentist.  Never be ashamed to explain to your dentist how you feel and what you want to achieve through cosmetic dentistry.  Always be sure to ask to see before and after photographs of your dentist’s work, and don’t be afraid to ask for credentials.  Upon agreeing on a plan for treatment, you will be well on your way to a new, confident smile, which will leave you looking and feeling your powerful best! 

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Technology and Dentistry...We've Come a Long Way!!

It never fails to amaze me that many of the basic procedures I learned 15 years ago while in dental school were based on materials and thinking nearly 100 years old! Pretty scary huh? As health care providers, we are trained to provide the best proven techniques and materials for our patients. It seems though, that up until the last decade we in the dental profession were perhaps, a bit more complacent than our medical counterparts. Fortunately, some new thinking, and great research have blasted dentistry in to a new era full of amazing technological advances! In this month’s article, I want to touch upon some of the technologies that will impact the way you are cared for at the dentist.

During the early 1990’s bonding chemistry improved by leaps and bounds, giving dentists the ability to make almost any dental material adhere to tooth structure. In the past, dental cements were simply fancy space fillers and dentists were forced to rely on mechanical properties to hold a crown or filling in. In many cases that meant drilling pins in, or drilling grooves or undercuts away from the teeth. With our new bonding techniques, we can save healthy tooth structure and place beautiful tooth colored restorations with great reliability. This is the technology that lets us place those beautiful ceramic veneers like you see on Extreme Makeover or The Swan. Almost everything we do in modern restorative dentistry owes its success to the advances in bonding chemistry.

            Likewise, computers have played a tremendous role in new treatment modalities. With computers we can now image the teeth on a screen so that our patients can see the problems as clearly as the dentist. By utilizing digital radiography with sensors instead of x-ray film we can dramatically reduce the x-ray exposure times, while obtaining images that can be manipulated to provide the best diagnostic picture. Low radiation dental C-T scans are now being utilized for unparalleled precision in implant placement, as well as evaluation of the sinuses and airway.  Computerized scanners can now detect atypical cells from a brush biopsy of the mouth allowing us to catch oral cancer at an early stage with a less invasive test. Computers are also now aiding dentists with shade selections for crowns veneers or artificial teeth. Finally, CAD-CAM technology (Computer aided design - Computer aided manufacturing) has changed dentistry in a way not seen since the advent of the high-speed drill. With this technology, crowns, onlays and veneers can be made in one appointment chairside, without the need for a dental laboratory or messy impressions. The time saved by the patient by not having to return for a second visit makes this revolutionary technique quite appealing, and the ceramic materials used more closely mimic enamel than any other dental material to date.

            What would a technology article be without mentioning lasers? It so happens that lasers have made an incredible impact on dentistry. While the early lasers were very effective for gum procedures they showed little or no promise to treat teeth or bone. With the newest generation of lasers, teeth can be prepared for fillings, root canals can be performed and bony surgery can be completed with less bleeding and inflammation.  In addition, a new laser called Diagnodent can be used to detect cavities in teeth before the dentist's sharp explorer can feel them.  By placing this low intensity laser over the tooth, a reading is obtained that very accurately tells the dentist if decay exists within.  This technology has allowed dentists to catch and restore decayed teeth with the most conservative procedures.

     From my perspective, it is certainly a great time to be a dentist, armed with these great technological marvels to aid in diagnosis and treatment.  For as much as these advances have helped dentists through, it is truly today's dental patient who benefits from the increased diagnostic abilities and conservative nature of the treatment these technologies allow us to provide.

 

 

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