Some dental practices wait for new equipment and procedures to become the norm. Dr. Leo Arellano and his team at San Francisco Cosmetic Dentistry believe in bringing the benefits of current technologies and training to their patients - right now. As you can see below, we provide 4 out of the 5 listed technologies.
While many founding principles remain at its core, dentistry tools and techniques have come a long way. The U.S. Surgeon General's Report, "Hope from Science and Technology", cites "remarkable advances" in this field.
These methods are gentler and more effective, and becoming increasingly available. Expect to soon see a practice near you offering:
. Air abrasion - A superfine spray of harmless aluminum oxide powder reduces the need for drilling. It's not noisy, there is no smell or vibration, and best of all, - usually no anesthetic is needed.
. Dental lasers - Laser energy can be used to vaporize diseased gum tissue and eliminate dental caries with little bleeding or discomfort.
. Digital x-rays - Low radiation images in a format that is easy to view, print, store, and send. High resolution is a big help in accurate diagnosis.
. Intra-oral cameras - This small instrument gives a high-quality, panoramic view of your mouth. It also allows you to preview cosmetic changes.
. Tissue engineering - This isn't yet mainstream, but growing your own tissues in a laboratory setting will be a terrific boon to patients who need gum or bone grafts.
Watch for more developments. Dentistry continues to progress for healthier, happier patients.