How Technology is Making Your Dental Visit More Comfortable

Until recently, a surefire way of ruining someone’s day was to bring up the subject of a visit to the dentist’s office. The mere mention of a dental visit was enough to bring even the strongest among us to their knees.

Things have radically changed, though.

New tools, improved technology and other continued advancements in the field have combined to make many dental services faster, easier and virtually painless. 

In this article, the Advanced Dentistry professionals will guide you through a sampling of the advancements in dental technique that will hopefully make your next visit grimace-free. 

How has technology improved visits to the dentist’s office?

In just about every field – particularly dentistry – technology doesn’t stand still. Eliminating pain and increasing patient comfort are the orders of the day.

Here are just a few of the more recent advancements in dental technology.

  • Digital x-rays: Unlike the old school approach to dental x-rays known for triggering a gag reflex, the digital method is quicker, much more comfortable and far superior in terms of accuracy.

    With the digital approach, say “goodbye” to the plastic bitewing that could easily hurt your mouth – especially the underneath of your tongue. Now, your dentist will use a hand-held device to scan the inside of your mouth.

    The resulting images are available for analyzing almost instantaneously and are much clearer.

  • Microlasers for oral surgery and repairs: Rather than the pain and prolonged time involved for surgical procedures and healing associated with traditional surgery techniques, the use of microlasers is better for both the dentist and the patient.

    The dentist is able to perform more work with better efficiency and far better results.

    For the patient, this means less time in the dentist’s chair, hardly any pain and much quicker healing.

  • Digital scanners to diagnose potential problems: Similar to the digital x-rays, scanners are incredibly useful in giving you and your dentist an invaluable head start in diagnosing potential problems in your mouth.

    These scanners show an intricate color scan of the structure of your mouth. These scans are then used to make accurate impressions for the creation of any dental appliances that need to be made.

    That sure beats the old way of making impressions, which involved you holding a mouthpiece filled with a putty substance to make the imprint of your mouth.

  • Quick scans for oral cancer: More and more news reports confirm the ongoing spike in cases of oral cancer. Today, quick and pain-free exams can identify the telltale signs of oral cancer – saving you potentially thousands of dollars in treatment by giving you a heads-up about any problems that have yet to reveal themselves.

Each member of the Advanced Dentistry team takes part in extensive training to ensure they carry out their individual responsibilities so that patients get the most from each of these advancements.

Has technology improved braces?

Yes it has! The days of immovable metal braces have given way to clear, smooth plastic versions. Known as Invisalign braces, they fit seamlessly over your teeth and can be taken out while you eat, brush or floss.

Since they bend and flex in reaction to your mouth, Invisalign braces will not irritate the inside of your mouth, food will not get stuck in them and your speech won’t be affected.

What if I have missing teeth?

The problem of missing teeth has been revolutionized with the advent of dental implants. Custom designed and manufactured specifically for your mouth, dental implants securely anchor your new teeth to your jaw bone – essentially serving as the root of your teeth.

Another huge benefit of dental implants is that your surrounding teeth will not be negatively affected. In fact, they’ll be even healthier because of the increased surrounding support.

What about the overall patient experience?

We’re all about the patient experience and eliminating dentist office anxiety. From more comfortable furniture and a patient-centered staff, to patients being able to enjoy music, movies and TV while in the exam chair, the patient experience has improved by leaps and bounds.

Some of the biggest strides in improvement have involved the use of anesthesia. 

Whether you opt for a gel form that’s applied to the surface of your gum, a quick painless injection to the affected area or nitrous oxide (laughing gas), dental anesthesia can drastically reduce or virtually eliminate any discomfort you may otherwise feel.

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for any of the procedures?

We realize that no two people have the exact same dental conditions and issues. That’s why we take the time to get to know you as a person and a patient. 

Once we have a firm understanding of the problems that are preventing you from enjoying the lifestyle you want, we develop a customized approach to treatment that’s unique to your needs. 

To find out more about our cosmetic dentistry offerings, get in touch with Advanced Dentistry by calling (614) 739-0558 or by sending an email through our online contact form.

What Procedures Call for Dental Anesthesia?

In general, dental patients should be comfortable when going into the dentist’s office no matter what procedure they are having done. That’s when dental anesthesia comes into play. 

There are a variety of different types of dental anesthesia that are appropriate for the procedures they accompany. Your dentist and the office’s support staff are professionals who will ensure your comfort and safety throughout your procedure. If you ever have a question or a concern about the dental anesthesia that will be used during your visit, do not hesitate to ask. The experts at Advanced Dentistry will help guide you through the process and make sure you understand what will take place.

What is dental anesthesia?

Dental anesthesia comes in several different forms depending on the procedure or need. This includes:

Topical anesthesia. This type of dental anesthesia often comes in a gel form, and is applied on the surface of your cheek or gum. While it sits for a few minutes on the surface the dentist placed it, it will numb the area and surrounding tissue. This is particularly effective to make local anesthesia injections more comfortable.

Local anesthesia. Local dental anesthesia is administered via a quick injection directly to the area that will be worked on. This type of anesthetic temporarily deactivates your mouth’s nerves at the site of the injection. You will not feel anything in that area, meaning that the dentist can work on your teeth without causing you pain or discomfort. Lidocaine is one of the most common local anesthetic used in the dental world today, though there are other types used now, too.

Sedation. There are several levels of sedation that can help manage different patients and procedures at the dentist’s office. Nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, is inhaled by the patient during a procedure to help reduce anxiety and relax nervous patients. When patients use this approach, they are still awake and can answer questions and communicate. The euphoric effects of the gas are reversed once the supply is cut off, meaning that patients can easily leave once the procedure is finished. Oral sedation comes in pill form, and makes a patient groggy or fall asleep during a procedure. Moderate sedation can also be achieved through IV, which gives the dentist more control over the level of sedation. Deep sedation, or general sedation, will render patients totally unconscious during a procedure.

How does dental anesthesia help?

Depending on the type of dental anesthesia used and the procedure it is used for, there are a number of ways that anesthesia can help dental patients. Dental anesthesia can reduce or even eliminate discomfort during certain procedures. It can also relieve fear and anxiety that some patients experience when visiting the dentist. Dental anesthesia assists dentists in making sure that every patient receives effective and excellent care in the dentist’s chair.

Who might be a good candidate?

In general, topical and local anesthesia are effective for all patients. Sedation is a good option for patients who have low pain thresholds, have issues sitting still, have sensitive teeth, have a sensitive gag reflex, or need several issues resolved during the appointment. Depending on the procedure, your dental team will be able to recommend the proper level of dental anesthesia that will be appropriate for what you are having done.

If you are pregnant, it is still perfectly safe for both you and your baby to go to the dentist. Local anesthesia used during dental procedures will not harm you or your baby.

What kinds of procedures incorporate anesthesia?

Local anesthesia is used for invasive procedures such as root canals, tooth extractions, and fillings — depending on the severity. Some fillings are minor and might not require local anesthesia, but always speak up if you feel discomfort during a procedure. We want to make sure that you are comfortable throughout the duration of your visit.

Deep or general sedation is used during intensive oral surgery to ensure comfortable and pain-free procedures. After these procedures, you might still experience pain, but it will be managed through medications and steps that your dentist will have you take.

Sedation dentistry is also an option for even mundane and ordinary office visits that include cleaning. This type of sedation is ideal for children who might be frightened or even adult patients with high anxiety or phobias, which is quite common.

Will my insurance cover dental anesthesia?

Many dental insurance plans cover anesthesia, particularly if it is necessary to the procedure that you must receive. If you are diagnosed with a condition that makes sedation dentistry necessary, dental insurance could cover it. You can check with your individual plan to be sure, or ask the team at Advanced Dentistry. Payment plans and financing may also be an option. Give us a call if you have any questions at (614) 399-9381.

The Shift In Comfort–How Technology Is Making Your Dental Visit More Comfortable

Thanks to the many wonders of modern technology, dental visits go more smoothly than ever before. With impressively designed high-tech devices and smarter dental tools and gadgets, dental exams and various surgeries and procedures can be more comfortable and go faster, and even recovery time may be cut down considerably.

Here at Advanced Dentistry, we make use of some of today’s most evolved technology, including the cone beam scanner (in place of traditional X-rays), the Carestream® intraoral scanner, and the NV Microlaser for soft-tissue surgeries. While we remain constant in our “old-fashioned” brand of friendliness and always treat you like family, when it comes to making use of cutting edge solutions for our patients, we are always seeking to improve by introducing new technology that will make appointments more accurate and progressive.

What is a cone beam scanner and why is it better than traditional X-rays?

By using a cone beam scanner, we can ditch the outdated traditional method of taking X-rays and get a more precise picture of what is going on inside your mouth, up to 360 degrees. This superior 3D imaging system circles the jaw area to obtain high-definition images of the teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways, and jawbones without that awkward feeling of biting down and feeling stiff and uncomfortable during the process.

In one all-encompassing scan, the various images needed are taken at once, resulting in greater detail and finer accuracy than traditional X-rays are able to accomplish. You will sit in the chair and the cone beam scanner will rotate around your head while you remain comfortably in place. There is no worry or a long wait for the full scan to come to completion. We will assess the images obtained by the cone beam scanner to alert you to any concerns or conditions that present themselves. This more modern, non-invasive approach also results in better quality images, so we can get greater insight into your overall oral health.

What is the Carestream intraoral scanner?

We aim for comfort and convenience during every dental appointment. This smart and sophisticated handheld scanner allows us to easily capture oral digital impressions for more effective restorative and implant treatments. The continuous scanning capabilities allow for smooth, uninterrupted image taking, with high-speed and high-accuracy throughout. We can more easily get into those areas that are harder to see and reach, allowing for more detailed exams performed in less time. With the use of the Carestream intraoral scanner, we get real-time results, so we can tend to the issue right away and get you the care you need, all done in the office with optimized efficiency. We can easily detect and diagnose issues thanks to the clear pictures the scanner is able to obtain. The device is small and sleek, so you won’t experience any notable discomfort as we insert it into your mouth to collect the information. It is revolutionary and reliable, another perk of providing high-tech solutions for our patients.

How is NV Microlaser a more comfortable choice for patients?

Lasers make surgery so much easier on you. Designed specifically for soft-tissue surgery, this advanced laser technology minimizes patient discomfort. Lasers are used in place of scalpels, and laser energy is less invasive and more precise. The slim design allows us to make each procedure more practical and productive. It is cordless so we can move about your oral cavity without interference and you won’t have to budge from beginning to end. Imagine a procedure done without those traditional tools that make surgeries more daunting than they need to be? We are well-trained in using the NV Microlaser for various in-office procedures, and your outcome will be beyond your satisfaction. Thanks to laser technology, recovery time is generally faster, something any patient can appreciate. We understand your concerns, and this device makes the process a positive one.

Technology is making dental care more accurate and efficient than it has ever been. With new devices and tools being invented all the time, Advanced Dental stays on top of trends in the industry so we can bring you the best of the best, making your visit to our practice a pleasure. We do our research and find reliable alternatives to traditional procedures, making you more comfortable and confident in our capabilities.

If you’d like to learn more about how new technology is causing a shift in comfort (for the better), reach out to us and we can schedule a consultation. Call us at (614) 399-9381 and someone from our friendly staff will book your appointment. Otherwise, you can discuss these new options and advancements with Dr. Blank during your next appointment. We’re always excited to share our high-tech techniques with you. Not only because it’s what we love to do, but because we know it will make your next visit more comfortable.

The Latest and Greatest in Dental Technology, Available at Advanced Dentistry

Hilliard, OH area patients who are seeking the best quality care for their dental needs are encouraged to take the time to learn about the amazing technology used at Advanced Dentistry. Dr. James Blank prides himself on reinvesting into his practice to offer the latest solutions for patients.

The area of medicine is one of the fastest growing fields today when it comes to the development and use of technology. In this digital age, dentists are also benefiting with highly advanced solutions for their patients. By integrating the latest technology into the dental practice, Dr. James Blank offers the best oral health and wellness options for those who visit his practice. 

How does technology help improve the care patients receive at their dental practice? 

By integrating technology into dental treatments, our professionals can ensure patients have the best options available to them. When new patients visit our facility, they will be given the ultimate experience with our Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment. This evaluation uses advanced technology to help us learn more about our patients’ oral health and wellness and the care they need now and in the future. Once patients choose to move forward with their dental treatments, we walk them through how our technology is used to create their dream smiles. We believe our patients deserve the best diagnostic tools to evaluate the smile, so we  have eliminated outdated technology and traditional treatments. 

What are the latest technologies that are used at Dr. James Blank’s practice?

High-tech devices make it easier to diagnose, treat, and prevent common dental concerns. Our practice is excited to offer the following technologies in our office:

  • Digital scanners – digital scanners allow our dental team to learn more about the smile. They may be utilized to develop initial records of the smile at the beginning of treatment, or for the planning of future treatments and restorations. Their primary use in Advanced Dentistry is to obtain impressions of the teeth that are prepared prior to the creation and placement of restorations including dental crowns and dental bridges. By using these scanners,, our dental team can avoid the use of messy products used in other practices to obtain impressions of the smile.
  • 3D head and neck CT scanner – sometimes, it is important for the dentist to evaluate the patient beyond what the eyes can see. By using the 3D head and neck CT scanner, patients can be examined to get a proper diagnosis of conditions such as temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. This device can also be used to assess a patient for treatment options such as oral appliance therapy, nightguards, and night splints.
  •  NV microlaser – laser devices are becoming more and more advanced in the medical field, and today, dentists such as Dr. James Blank can use them to provide treatment for patients. The NV microlaser device can be used in our practice for the treatment of canker sores and cold sores, or for contouring the gum tissues for cosmetic purposes. The laser provides precision results, while reducing the healing and recovery common with more traditional methods. Soft tissue treatment performed with the NV microlaser also results in far less bleeding and reduced chances of infection.
  • CEREC – restorations such as dental crowns can be a lengthy process with other traditional dental practices. The dentist prepares the tooth, takes impressions of the teeth, and sends the information off to a dental laboratory that may be states away. Patients have a temporary restoration put in place while they wait a week or longer for their final dental crown. Instead, our practice utilizes CEREC to provide same-day dental restorations. Digital impressions are used with CAD/CAM software to develop a dental crown within 20 minutes or less while patients relax in the dental chair.
  • Digital Smile Design – Advanced Dentistry of Hilliard, OH also uses the latest technology when designing patient smiles. Aesthetic work such as a smile makeover or full mouth reconstruction requires extensive planning. This process is made easier with our Digital Smile Design technology. Patients can visualize their new smile with 3D software and technology that makes it easier than ever to plan the treatments needed for complete rejuvenation.

Learn more about the high-end technology used at Advanced Dentistry. Contact Dr. James Blank of Hilliard, OH at (614) 876-4900 to schedule your consultation visit and speak to our team about the use of today’s amazing, modern solutions to everyday dental needs. Advanced Dentistry is conveniently located at 5491 Scioto Darby Road and is accepting new patients.