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    8 new technologies in periodontology

    The future of digital dentistry is looking bright thanks to these technologies.

    Digital dentistry can be defined as any dental technology or device that incorporates digital or computer-controlled components in contrast to that of mechanical or electrical alone. Several developments have been observed over the past few years that have enabled general dentistry to go to the next level. In this article, we’ll address a few such technologies.

    Let’s take a look at some of the new technologies in the field of periodontology.

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    Diamond probe

    A diamond probe combines manual probing with new technology. It’s plastic with black bands for visual scoring, and it measures the volatile sulfur compounds in the sulcus. The diamond probe offers more information than just measuring the sulcus depths. It informs the dentists of the sites that are showing signs of disease activity before the gingival attachment is lost and, at times, even before any bleeding is evident. It can also detect sulfides on the tongue.

    Intraoral camera

    In order to decide the nature of dental treatment and the right implementation, you need to have the exact images of the problem area in the teeth and their supporting parts. By using an intraoral camera, dentists can get a precise image, which helps in providing better dental care. This camera can also be used to educate patients about how they can improve their dental hygiene practices, like the areas they should focus on while brushing.

    DIAGNOdent

    This is a laser cavity detection technology that employs a laser diode to examine and sense early signs of tooth decay. You can get a digital print of even the smallest signs of decay. Since early detection means less complicated fillings, it helps in preserving more of the original tooth constitution. This technique is also safe as it uses light energy instead of X-rays.

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    T-Scan

    PeriodontologyThis is a high-tech digital software that helps in recognizing premature contacts, interrelationship of occlusal surfaces and high forces, which ensures more accuracy and precision. Some benefits include:

    • Precise occlusal data and location of premature contacts

    • Reduced repeat visits to dentists

    • Enables the patient to understand better about occlusion

    • Preserve dental artistry by eliminating destructive forces

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    Grace Clark
    A dental marketer at Michael G. Long, DDS, (https://www.drmichaellong.com) in Fresno, California, and a believer in holistic health, ...

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