Ronald L. Cooper DDS, FAGD

The field of dentistry dates back to 7000 B.C. with the Indus Valley Civilization.  Since then, there have been many technological advancements that have shaped dentistry into the profession it is today.  

Here are six technological advancements in dentistry that will lead the way during the next decade:

Laser Dentistry

Laser technology is a dental trend that is used for teeth whitening, tooth decay removal, reshaping gums and removing bacteria during a dental cleaning.  Using laser technology during procedures reduces discomfort and healing time for patients after procedures.

3D Printing

3D Printing is enabling dentists to 3D-print  dental prosthetics, such as nightguards, retainers, and dentures. This information can be stored digitally and reprinted as your retainers and nightguards wear down.

CEREC Primescan 

Primescan is the most advanced digital scanner on the market providing a level of accuracy never before seen in dentistry.  CEREC Primescan is an alternative to traditional intraoral dental impressions, which use a putty-like substance to take physical impressions of your teeth, which can be uncomfortable for some patients.  CEREC Primescan uses a wand-like device, loaded with powerful imaging sensors which can capture more than 50,000 images of your mouth per second. These images are quickly stitched and compiled into a 3D image of your teeth, jaw, gums and mouth, and displayed on a high-definition screen for immediate assessment.    With this technology, our dental practice can create high-resolution 3D models to assess your oral health and create the very best crowns, implants, removable prosthesis, restorations, and even 3D prints. 

Ask how we use CEREC Primescan for current patients.

Sleep Certified | Oral Appliance Therapy

Just as screening for early detection of oral cancer was a trend in dentistry a few years back, in 2020 screening for sleep apnea in a dental practice will become more and more prevalent.  If you snore at night and wake up not fully rested, you may have a condition known as sleep apnea. This sleep condition can have an impact on your health. In 2020 dentists will becoming sleep certified, assess and screen for sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy provided by a dentist may be the sleep solution for some patients. Learn more about scheduling your complimentary sleep consult. 

 Advanced Visualization

There are many new products are on the market that provides dentists with the best level of magnification for a variety of procedures. Devices that make it easier for dentists to see through teeth and technology that helps to improve cavity detection are  two advancements in the area of visualization. These advancements allow dentists to find cavities and other issues earlier, which can result in earlier preventive maintenance. Having advanced visualization also allows for more accurate communication with the dental laboratory team and helps minimize stress for both the dentist and patient.

High Tech X-Rays

Digitized x-rays are becoming more common in dental practices.  Images can be stored more efficiently and shared with other specialists quickly. Digital x-rays also expose patients to less radiation.

We’d love to see you in the office this year and answer questions related to these dentistry trends.  Let’s make your appointment today!