How long has it been since you had restorative treatment on your teeth? If it’s been since you were a kid, there are plenty of changes you should know about! Fillings, crowns, and bridges are all part of restorative dentistry. In the last several years, each treatment has advanced and stepped into the 21st century.
Find The Cavity
Before you have a filling or root canal, you’ll have a dental exam, including imaging. Traditionally, dental x-rays have been done on small film. But with the technology available now, dental x-rays have gone digital. This makes them easier to view, enlarge, and share with patients. There are also more tools to check the surface of teeth for deterioration, for instance, instead of a handheld explorer, we can use a laser that shows us where decay is located and how deep it goes. This allows us to practice “watchful waiting” with your teeth instead of jumping into a filling that you might not quite need.
Fill It Up!
When you come in to have a cavity filled, you might expect Dr Agarwal to use a drill. But once again, technology has upped the game for dentists. For surface cavities and small areas of decay, air abrasion is a wonderful development. An ultra-fine stream of air with silica or a baking soda mixture is sprayed at the decaying enamel, removing it in a minimally invasive manner. This cleans the tooth far more effectively than the traditional drills, and you won’t hear the whine or feel the vibration that goes along with it! Additionally, the old-fashioned metal amalgam fillings are not in use anymore. Resins and porcelains have a longer lifespan and a more aesthetically pleasing look. You’ll be able to smile and laugh without anyone knowing about your fillings!
Root Canals and Crowns
No one really wants to hear “You need a root canal,” when they go in for a dental exam. But when you’re having a tremendous amount of tooth pain or swelling in your gums, you know there’s a good chance Dr Agarwal is going to say just that. The good news is that root canals are not that bad. In fact, with oral conscious sedation methods and local anaesthetic, you have the option to stay awake and not feel a thing.
Even the crown portion of your restoration has changed. If you think you’ll need to come back again (and again, and again) to finish up the treatment, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that crowns can be fitted, created, and placed in your mouth in the same day! With CEREC technology, our local office can do in just an hour what it took a dental lab a week to receive, complete, and send back.
Don’t let your preconceived ideas of the dentist’s office or dental treatments keep you from getting a healthier mouth. At Raleigh Dental Arts, we can bring your smile into the 21st century!