You’re at the Peninsular Golf Course. You pull your nine irons out and you accidently hit your mouth with the club head and chip your front tooth! Thankfully, it’s only a few minutes to Stanmore Bay where dental injury emergency treatment is readily available.
You had your tooth fixed, but how long has it been since you’ve been to the dentist? Emergency services in New Zealand have improved over the last few decades as well as general dentistry advances in technology, techniques and procedures.
In this article, we’ll review the most common general dental treatments and see how they’ve improved and help you make better dental care decisions.
General Dentistry Advances
New technology, advanced materials and improved techniques have made general dental procedures faster, more accurate, less painful and more esthetically pleasing. Let’s review some common procedures found throughout the Auckland area.
- Fillings-Silver fillings have generally been replaced with tooth colored material that is “glued” to fill in the cavity.
- Root Canal Treatment (Endodontics) – Advanced x-rays, computer technology and new root canal instruments and materials has made the dreaded “root canal” … well, less dreadful.
- Tooth Extractions – New x-ray techniques, improved “tooth pulling” instrumentation and more options for dental anesthetics, Nitrous Oxide, (laughing gas), and “sleep” dentistry make even wisdom tooth extractions less traumatic, safer and less daunting.
- Dental Hygiene procedures – Improved knowledge of the causes of periodontal (gum) disease and its relation to medical diseases, along with improved cleaning machines and techniques make maintaining a healthy mouth an easier prospect.
- Dentures – New materials for more accurate impressions result in better fitting false teeth. Improved plastic and porcelain denture teeth improve esthetics while the rest of the denture is improved with a stronger type of plastic material.
- Periodontal (gum) problems – The use of laser technologies as well as the addition of new surgical techniques, makes periodontal procedures less painful and can reduce healing time.
- Crowns and Bridges – Today, instead of multiple appointments it is possible to have a crown (dental cap) completed in one appointment with computerized technology and in office crown fabricating machines. Improved dental veneers are more esthetic and require less tooth removed.
In this short article, we can only touch on some of the latest inventions, technical advances and materials used in today’s modern general dentistry advances. Think about how your life has changed due to technology and you’ll have an idea how far dentistry has advanced.
We care about your dental health and employ the latest modern dental procedures. Ask us about what new dental advancements might help your dental needs at Stanmore Bay Dental Studio.