Published August 2013
Technology has changed dentistry. The advances in dental materials and equipment enable us to perform treatment that 25 years ago did not exist. Computerization enables us to have a complete electronic record including digital x-rays, both intraoral and panoramic. The computer enables us to better communicate with our patients in demonstrating and documenting the conditions in their mouths. The use of the dental microscope with its superior illumination and adjustable magnification, coupled with high definition video cameras, enables us to not only perform more precise predictable treatment but to easily show the patient the status of the tooth being worked on and the situation in their mouths.
Magnification has been in use by many dentists with surgical loops for years but using the surgical microscope with perfect illumination in the direct vision of the dentist, enables a superior view of what you are seeing. Microscopes have six different levels of magnification, which enables the most careful detail to be evaluated. Video can be recorded and still images can be taken and saved. There is nothing like the adage that a picture is worth 1000 words. The dental microscope is one of the foundational tools in Minimally Invasive Dentistry. Better vision equals better results.
Lasers are devices that use the photons of light for biologic effects. Depending upon the wavelength and the power setting, lasers can be used in a diagnostic fashion such as with the Diagnodent, laser cavity detector or they can be used in a surgical fashion to gently and precisely cut both hard and soft tissues. The WaterlaseMD is the champion of lasers and performs many different tasks. Lasers have revolutionized periodontal treatment, and have minimized the need for painful gum surgery in the treatment of periodontal pockets. Lasers can be also used to stimulate healing. These are commonly known as Low Level Lasers or sometimes Cold Lasers. The results and healings that we see when we involve lasers in surgical and healing treatments are amazing. Patients tend to have little or no postoperative pain in otherwise painful oral surgical procedures.
CEREC one visit crown and partial crowns in office technology, eliminates temporary crowns and delays. CEREC uses non-toxic biocompatible materials with 3D cad cam technology for restorations while you wait.
Another wonderful advancement in Dentistry is the use of ozone. Dentistry is in a continual battle with infection in soft tissue and hard tissue. These infections come from bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites. The properties of ozone are the foundation of what makes it works so well in dentistry. Ozone is a powerful oxidizer—it effectively kills bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites at a dramatically lower concentration than chlorine, with none of the toxic side effects. One molecule of ozone is equal to between 3,000 to 10,000 molecules of chlorine and it kills pathogenic organisms 3,500 times faster. All the water used in dental procedures at Smile Design Center is ozonated. All procedures in the mouth are rinsed with ozonated water.
Next month, we will discuss how these technological advances in dentistry enables us to reach a high level of skill utilizing Minimally Invasive Dentistry which is something we specialize in.
Dr. Edwards graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and Temple University School of Dentistry. He completed a general practice residency at the Queens Medical Center in Honolulu. To reach Dr. Edwards you may call 321-751-7775 or visit www.SDICFL.com