How Has Dentistry Advanced in the Past 10 Years
Hi, my name is Dr. Shane Methal, here at Greene Street Dental in SoHo, New York. I've been in private practice both in Maryland and consequently back in New York for the last 17 years. My office website is www.greenestreetdental.com, that's green with an "e" at the end, and today I'm going to be talking about teeth and dentistry.
There has been a plethora of new technologies which has greatly aided my ability to be the best dentist I can be. Number one being digital radiography. We now use digital images instead of traditional x-rays, which requires much less exposure to the patient. These images are much more diagnostic and can be manipulated for a much greater degree of accuracy. A new technique called laser fluorescence can also be used to diagnose cavities much more accurately than we've been able to before. This involves using a laser to scan the biting surface of the teeth for changes in density of the enamel. Laser fluorescence is a more accurate technique than using a sharp instrument and much more comfortable for the patient. Dental implants have become very commonplace and in some instances is the standard of care. Instead of having a free floating denture on gum tissue, we can now use dental implants to anchor a denture in place or replace missing teeth. Computers have greatly improved the materials with which we now use in dentistry. Computer aided design machines can mill crowns, bridges, and dentures with a much greater degree of accuracy and ease of fit than we ever thought possible.