The entire domain of medicine has improved in leaps and bounds over the ages. As medicine has accentuated and expanded its arena, dentistry has not lagged behind.
The profession of dentist and dentistry has a long rooted history. According to the researchers the dentistry has its origin in Egypt and dated back to 7500 BC. The Egyptians were the first to invent replacement teeth. Over the course of time dentistry which originated in Egypt has made remarkable progress and advancement. The recent developments in dentistry have given pain-free and fear-free solutions to the patients. The patients are no longer dreaded by the idea of getting a replacement tooth or an operation in their gums. Thanks to the scientists who have successfully eroded our fear of visiting a dentist!
The main focus of dentistry is to make our visits to the dentist more bearable, efficient, durable and natural-looking for the patients. The procedures that were opted for in the past required multiple visits to the dentist-which means multiple injections and use of more frightening tools. The dental advancements are in favor of the comfort of the patients as well as the dentists and dental specialists.
Some of the advancements in dentistry that has taken place are listed below:
Computer Assisted Design/Computer Assisted Manufacture Technologies are used to provide highly accurate designs of materials to be constructed. In the world of dentistry this technique allows for the design and fabrication of dental restorations that look similar to the natural teeth. The techniques of Computer Assisted Design/Computer Assisted Manufacture technologies are used for dental bridges, inlays/onlays, porcelain and crowns.
Laser technology has been used in the arena of medicine everywhere. In the dental world the use of laser has been incorporated to bring about less invasive alternatives to many procedures. The laser energy emitted results in lesser painful and faster healing process. The use of laser is the backbone behind pain-free dental visits. The laser is commonly used in benign tumors, cold sores, crown lengthening, decay removal, gummy smile changes, dental fillings, tongue tie and speech impediment improvements, nerve regeneration for damaged nerves and blood vessels and scars and tooth sensitivity.
Dental implants are probably the most advanced dental technology because of their function as the replica of an original tooth. The implants can be infused and integrated into the jaw bone. This can be done in almost every adult who needs a replacement of their missing teeth. Dental implants have emerged as the life savior of those patients who have gone through accidents and need a tooth replacement.
Digital X rays not only reduces the exposure to radiation, but also allow the images to be projected on a computer screen. This is similar to Ultra-Sonography and has helped to get an image on the screen. This dental technique is also more comfortable and dentists can easily find any problem in the tooth and jaw.
Air-abrasion has emerged as a miracle in the dental world as it aids in the removal of decayed tooth without using local anesthesia. Air-abrasion uses pellets of oxygen and aluminum oxide to get rid of dental problems with the teeth, mouth and jaw.
For dentists who perform specialized functions such as implants, 3-D imaging CAT scans help them to view and work on the jawbone surrounding the tooth. CAT Scans provide the dentists a clearer and accurate image of where to place the restorative devices.
The modern era today is characterized by digitization and improvisation. May it be “Digital India” or “Digital X-rays”, humankind has indeed made remarkable advancements. Dentistry as an area of medicine has successfully implemented myriad technologies and developments to the best use of people around the world and it has indeed succeeded in its endeavor.