Digital impressions have literally taken over modern dentistry and have quickly become the norm when it comes to dental procedures. These days dentists do not have to deal with messy impression trays or uncomfortable x-ray film to take a closer look at a patient’s teeth and gums. Gone are the days when patients had to bite down on a hard piece of cardboard just to get an x-ray.
Intraoral Digital Camera
With an intraoral digital camera both the patient and the dentist can see what the situation is and what can be done to rectify it. Patient education has gone one step further thanks to the intraoral digital camera.
The intraoral camera offers an instant view of the mouth and helps dentists see what is impossible for the naked eye to see. Thanks to the intraoral digital camera dentists are better able to diagnose problems that would never have been detected before. This gives dentists the opportunity for timely treatment, especially if it is a serious dental problem.
Computer Imaging and Simulation Technology
With computer imaging and simulation technology, dentists can show patients what their smile will look like after restorative or cosmetic dentistry procedures using virtual technology. The patient will be able to see what a particular dental procedure will look like, such as porcelain veneers or dental bonding, without having to go through the treatment. This technology allows patients to make informed decisions before the procedure begins, eliminating the need and cost of re-do’s and mental anguish because of a cosmetic dental procedure that looked much better in a picture than it did on the patient.
The future of dentistry is here thanks to the intraoral digital camera, computer imaging, and simulation technology.
Jack Ringer, DDS, AAACD
Dr. Ringer practices general, family, and restorative dentistry in Anaheim Hills, CA (www.dentalcosmetics.com) and offers his patients the most up-to-date dental technology. He is certified by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and is also the co-founder and past president of the Orange County Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry as well as past president and accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Image is of ACTEON's SoproLIFE, which is a combination of an intraoral camera and a caries detection device.