West Linn, OR
Dentistry is one of the most essential branches of medicine. Like all other ectodermal organs, teeth are vital for our body’s normal functioning. Without our teeth, we would not be able to bite and chew our food, breaking it down into tiny morsels so that it becomes easy to digest.
Apart from helping us eat, teeth also help us speak clearly. Certain sounds can only be produced when our tongue touches the back of our teeth. This action allows us to pronounce words clearly. People who are either missing their teeth or suffer from malocclusions face difficulty while speaking and may have to undergo speech therapy.
Just like advancements in medical science, dental technologies, too, are evolving and getting better and more effective day by day. Some of the dental technologies that are commonly used at dental clinics and hospitals are as follows:
Dentists want to understand the root of the problem before opting for a treatment method. To properly examine your oral cavity, dentists used a tiny camera that is attached at one end of a handheld, wand-like device to take high-quality pictures inside your mouth. These images are seen on a computer screen and help the dentist visualize the condition of your teeth, gum tissues, tongue, and cheek tissues. Especially in the case of making same-day crowns, the dentist will use these digital images to custom-make a crown of the same shape and size.
Dentists need X-rays to understand the structure of your jawbone and to see the damage done to your teeth. In the past, dentists used to rely on X-ray films to understand the magnitude of the problem. These films had to be developed and were often not that clear. But thanks to the invention of digital X-rays, the dentist can take as many X-rays as he or she likes without having to wait for them to be developed. And even if the image is not clear, the dentist can always delete it and take a new one. With the help of digital X-rays, dentists can now assess the damage done to your teeth at root levels.
Same-day crowns have truly redefined dental emergencies. In case you chip your teeth, break it in half, need instant protection against tooth decay, or have lost your old dental crown, same day crowns can be ordered and fixed in less than 24 hours.
The combined power of intraoral cameras, CAD/CAM software, and porcelain milling and shaping machinery ensure that you get your dental crown in less than one day. First, your dentist will use the intraoral camera to take pictures of your teeth that need a crown. Second, 3D modeling software like CAD and CAM will be used to design a crown that is the exact shape and size as your damaged tooth and will fit perfectly on top of it. Third, the 3D model is sent to the milling unit, where a block of porcelain is milled and shaped into a dental crown to ensure that your smile always looks radiant and beautiful.
The 3D imaging of teeth, gums, and other oral tissues comes in extremely handy when the dentist has to assess the damage deep within the roots or jawbone. X-ray is only a 2D image and cannot capture the structure from all angles. But with the help of 3D imaging, the dentist will get a much clearer perspective and will be able to select the best treatment option to cure the dental problem. 3D imaging comes in extremely handy when the dentist has to monitor the progress of osseointegration for dental implants.
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At Roane Family Dental we use the most advanced dental technology to help our patients with their dental problems and emergencies. Call us today at (503) 657-1215 to schedule your appointment.