Do you remember when you got your first cell phone or computer? No doubt like most of us, you were fascinated by the technology. Fast forward to today, and think about the possibilities this technology can now offer. Who would have thought that you’d pay your bills, shop, type an instant message to someone anywhere, and get directions on your phone? And all of this for chapter than that old cell phone or computer cost you fifteen years ago!
Here at Marineland Dental Care, our team is excited about the latest technology we can offer you to provide you with the best care possible. We also want you to know that even with our high-tech services, we can still deliver affordable care to you, too!
Here are a few ways we’ve integrated technology into our procedures that we might use for your dental treatments at your next appointment or sometime in the future.
Air abrasion is a safe technique we use to prepare you for fillings—without a drill!
A dental drill is used to remove the decay from your tooth before we put in a filling. But air abrasion can take its place. Instead of the drill rotating and vibrating into your tooth to remove the decay, we can point the device at the decayed area, and a pressurized stream of powder will remove the decay.
According to the American Dental Association, it’s a great alternative for kids or even adults who are afraid of the sound of a drill because it’s much quieter and doesn’t vibrate like a drill. You also won’t feel the heat from it like you would from a drill, and it’s more likely to keep your healthy mouth tissues in tact. It’s normally used for smaller cavities and can also be used to remove plaque.
Soft Tissue Laser
For some procedures, we use a soft tissue laser that allows us to be very accurate and eliminate damage to nearby tissues. Some of the other benefits of soft tissue lasers include less need for stitches or anesthesia, quicker healing, and less bleeding.
Soft tissue lasers are usually used for shaping crowns, reshaping gum tissue, and removing soft tissue folds that some dentures can cause.
Not many dentists use these high-tech lasers, but they’re great for our patients who are anxious about pain.
Intraoral photography technology has been around since the 1990s. With an intraoral camera, we can take a tour of your mouth and “show and tell” the inside of your mouth to you during your visit! This can help you visualize what’s going on in your mouth so that together, we can determine the best treatment for any problems.
So how do we use this camera?
We put the small camera in your mouth and move it around so that we can point out different parts of your mouth to you, including healthy areas or problem areas, like infections. The images are displayed live on a monitor for you to see, and we can freeze the images, too, if we need to take pictures of anything that will help with a diagnosis or treatment.
“Snooze” or Sedation Dentistry
Are you afraid of coming to the dentist? Are you so worried about it that you won’t come in until you’re in so much pain that you don’t have another choice? You might even be needlessly tolerating pain so that you don’t have to go—and this means your problem could be getting bigger and more expensive to fix!
If you have dental phobia, you’re not alone. About 20 percent of people won’t go to the dentist unless they absolutely have to! And many people have this fear because of a bad experience with their dentist when they were younger.
Don’t let this be you! We can help you relax with the latest technology in sedation dentistry, which includes oral sedation—you take a pill before you come in for your procedure—and nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas.
We don’t use sedation dentistry just for patients who are scared of going to the dentist. We also use it if you have a bad gag reflex, extremely sensitive teeth, or are very busy and have a limited time to get the treatments completed. Sedation can sometimes save time in the long run because your mouth is relaxed, which allows us to complete the procedures more easily.
We’re ready to help provide you with the latest technology in dental care! Contact us today for an appointment and see how dental technology can improve your visit with your Marineland Dental Care dentist.