This Isn’t Your Grandfather’s Dental Office

A visit to your Plano dentist’s office is a lot different today than it was 20, 10, even just five years ago due to improvements in the technologies dentists use to clean, x-ray, care for, remove, and treat teeth.

Read below for a sampling:

Diode Lasers. Used to be when your dentist searched for cavities, in addition to using x-rays, he or she would “poke” around and on your teeth with what was known as an “explorer.” When the instrument “stuck” to a tooth, your dentist would then look closer to see if he could detect tooth decay

Today, though, many dentists use a diode laser. In fact, the dentist can use the laser not only to find cavities, but to also remove them! The lasers also provide the dentist with more detail: the tooth may be suspicious, warranting a closer inspection; the dentist may decide to “watch” the tooth and see how it looks at your next checkup; or the dentist could determine that there is a cavity in the tooth that needs filling.

Digital X-rays. Not only are digitized x-rays faster than the traditional radiograph, they also provide a lower dose of radiation. What’s more, the photos are transferred immediately to the dentist’s computer where they can be stored for future viewing. The pictures also provide a much more precise look at your teeth.

In fact, dentists use them for more than looking for cavities. Digital x-rays also can look at the bones below your teeth to check out the level of the bone’s support. The x-ray can help your dentist check on an implant’s placement, as well.

Thinner Veneers. A veneer is a custom-made shell or molding that your dentist uses to cover the front of a crooked or chipped tooth. (Some also use them to cover unsightly colored teeth.) A thinner veneer means your Plano dentist doesn’t have to reshape as much of your tooth (so that the veneer will fit over it), allowing you to keep more of your original tooth.

Better Treatments for Gum Disease. If left untreated for a number of months, gum disease can lead to “pockets” forming in your gums, causing your teeth to become loose. What’s more, bacteria find that these pockets make for a cozy home so they invade the pockets, potentially leading to more tooth loss.

Treatments today have gone beyond the traditional methods from just making the pockets smaller and removing the bacteria; they also provide some regenerative treatments, such as bone grafts, that stimulate the growth of bone and other tissues that help fight gum disease.

Dental technology also has led to far less invasive and painful procedures. If you haven’t been to a dentist in a while, we urge you to contact Plano dentist Dr. Darren Dickson for an appointment. We know you’ll be pleasantly surprised how comfortable you will be.

Contact us by phone or send us an e-mail message at [email protected] to schedule an appointment.

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