The Developments I’m Thankful for in Modern Dentistry

2018 will be my 17th year in dentistry so I thought it might be fun to look at the progress we’ve made within that time in modern dentistry.

Digital Imaging. Using a fraction of the energy necessary to expose an image while enhancing the quality of an image through software has changed dentistry incredibly. We can three dimensionally image teeth and jaws in ways that improve the odds of success and plan for ideal outcomes while more easily see complexities and challenges. Intra-oral photographs taken with a camera smaller than the dental drill help illustrate not only to a patient, but also to insurances, family members, and other doctors what it is we are seeing. The technology has been around for years now, yet it still amazes me when a patient is stunned at the photos we take to illustrate their teeth.

High Strength White Restorations. Gone are days of metal based white crowns. Now we are thankful for ceramic crowns, veneers, onlays, and bridges that resist fracture, withstand the forces of your bite, have compatibly with our biology, and look as good, or better, than natural teeth.

Dental Implants. The biology and science of implants continues to impress! We are in an era of advancing technology all around us in medicine. As material and biologic science evolves, the benefit for our patients comes in better tooth replacement options so that a ‘hopeless’ tooth can be replaced timely, comfortably, and predictably. Implants have been around for 30+ years, but the materials and techniques used today offer up incredible advancements where the combination of digital imaging/planning, high strength materials (and ultimately crowns/attachments/bridges) all come together to provide our patients with results not as easily achieved and (more importantly) maintained even 15 years ago.

Check out our blog at MyWhiteDental.com to see our full list of what I am (and we all should be) thankful for in modern dentistry! Our team strives to stay informed and educated on the advances our profession is making. I am grateful to our team for taking the journey with me, but I’m just as thankful for the seemingly countless patients who have chosen to also take that journey with us. We all have much to be thankful for!