The technology dentists use is always advancing. Today there are many tools available. These can help spot many issues from tooth decay to serious illnesses. Modern dentistry uses a mixture of digital systems, special tests and more, these can make sure every patient gets the best care.

What Types of Diagnostic Tools Are Available?

The selection of tools available is large, dentists are always on the lookout for new technology and systems. Here are some of the types of diagnostic tools available.

X rays including 3D – X rays are a common tool in dentistry. X rays can detect decay and more. 3D X rays can show up even more as this technology shows visuals from every angle. It can also be duplicated easily so specialists and dentists can discuss the X rays easily if needed.

Invisalign – Invisalign is the leading brand of aligners. This treatment can replace traditional braces and will gradually move teeth and in a gentle and more discreet way. There are many benefits to this technology, these include: convenience as you can remove them to eat, comfort as there no wires and sharp edges and you can see your teeth change. There is also the bonus of the aligners being discreet as no one will know you are wearing it.

Air Abrasion – Air abrasion is a new way to remove tooth decay. It is used to spray away the decay on your teeth. During the treatment, a stream of particles is sprayed onto the decayed tooth. The decay on tooth is sprayed away when the particles strike them. Then the particles are removed with a suction system. This way to treat tooth decay is great for anxious patients who do not like the drills.

Digital Scanning – Digital scanning is used for crowns, bridges and teeth restorations. Scanning technology is always improving to provide highly accurate images.

Lasers – Lasers have transformed dentistry. This technology is now used for a wide range of treatments including: diagnosis, fillings, gum disease therapy, treatment for sensitive teeth, gum contouring and lifts, crown lengthening, root canal treatments, frenectomies & tongue ties and minor surgery. The use of a laser makes procedures highly accurate, efficient and in many cases, makes treatment pain free. You can read more about out laser treatments on our laser page.

CAD/CAM – This technology can restore teeth with decay, replace filings, design veneers and bridges, design crowns and more. CAD/CAM works by taking several 3D photos of a tooth and then the images are used to create a 3D computer image. The dentist can then plan the restoration on screen with you. When the planning is complete the image will be sent to a machine to be made. One the tooth is made it can be fitted in a few hours.

At Pain Free Dentistry we have a large selection of diagnostic tools to give our patients the greatest care. You can ask questions about our tools, ask for more information and discuss the treatments used anytime. Our team are always here to help.