What is Dental Technology?
Dental technology is a combination of both art and science of using dental instruments, dental equipment and creating remedial replacements for teeth. The dental replacements may be artificial teeth, dental crowns, tooth bridges, braces and more. Dental instruments are tools that dental professionals use to perform the treatment. They include mirrors, probes, retractors, dental drills, burs, excavators, burnishers, pluggers, scalers, curettes, forceps, elevators, chisels, etc. Some of the dental equipment include the dental chair, X-ray unit, sterilizers, air rotors, compressors, and micromotors. The use of professional dental software in assisting and planning patient treatment is also a part of dental technology.
Dental technology supports the skill and experience of your dentist and hygienist in restoring the function and structure of teeth.
Common Dental Technology Procedures
Some of the common dental technology procedures include:
- Teeth whitening
- Laser treatment for tooth decay
- Dental implants (permanent replacement of lost teeth)
- Digital radiography (sends images to a computer by wireless method, no need for conventional X-ray)
- Kinetic cavity preparation (spraying away the decay without drilling)
- Bonding and adhesives (sealing the tooth and blending naturally)
- Electronic dental anesthesia (usage of electric pulses to pacify nerve sensation)