5 Latest Dental Procedures That Are Helpful For The Elderly

Dentistry has undergone a sea change. Every so often, new technologies come into use that make life of elderly patients seeking dental repairs easier. Here are a few latest technologies that you may take advantage of.


1Laser Dentistry

This is the latest advancement in dentistry. Also called no-drill dentistry, it uses powerful but safe lasers. It eliminates pain totally and in many cases, there is no need for anesthesia also. Laser dentistry is also time-efficient and it does not involve typical comfort and pain-relieving techniques. Lasers are also used to detect cavities. Instead of the “explorer” that dentists use to detect cavities, they use a diode laser to detect and remove cavities. Using a laser for dentistry allows a dentist to schedule multiple procedures on a single day. This lessens your visits to the dentist, too.

2Digital X-Ray Machines

Dental x-rays were traditionally done used a radiograph. Now they are being replaced by digital machines. Though digital machines have been around for quite a while, they have become popular with dentists only recently. Digital x-ray machines are faster and more accurate than traditional radiographs. The radiation emitted by these digital machines is also significantly lesser than that of radiographs. The x-ray image is relayed on a phosphor plate which can be translated onto a computer for better reading the x-ray. Digital x-rays are useful for checking dental implants, cavities and the general condition of the jaw with little to no discomfort to the patient.

3Microscopic Robotic Cleaners

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This latest invention has introduced the concept of using microscopic robots to clean the biofilm or plaque on teeth. Most brushes and devices are unable to reach all the corners of teeth and gums. This results in improper cleaning and accumulation of a bacterial film on teeth and gums that leads to gum diseases and reduced overall immunity. Many times, even the chemicals present in toothpaste and other biological agents are unable to penetrate this film. To overcome this problem, these microscopic robots are introduced inside the mouth. They systematically clean biofilm and ensure that the mouth remains clean.

4CAD/CAM Technology

CAD/CAM stands for Computer-Assisted Design/Computer-Assisted Manufacture. In this technology, a computer takes a 3D image of the crown or bridge that needs to be filled. The image is directly relayed to the printing machine that immediately “prints” an identical image of a tooth that can be placed inside the mouth. CAD/CAM technology has significantly reduced the number of visits to the dentist and also the occurrence of dental problems due to improperly fitting dentures.

5Thinner Veneers

Veneers are used on the surface of teeth. They are thin molds used on the front of teeth to cover any abnormalities. It is usually used to disguise crooked, chipped or discolored teeth. Veneers are mostly used as cosmetic aids. In recent times, veneers have become thinner and thinner. Such thin veneers are beneficial in multiple ways. They reflect the color and shape of natural teeth and seem more consistent with your original teeth. Also, the use of veneers means that your teeth have to be reshaped to allow for the thickness of the veneer over your teeth. Thinner veneers mean lesser reshaping and more of your original teeth can be retained.

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