The Benefits of Digital Dentistry

Keeping your oral health in top shape takes at-home diligence, regular professional care, and once in a while it calls for some additional dental work.

You may need to have a cavity filled, a tooth extracted, a root canal, or a dental implant. While these procedures are still the go-to treatments for many dental conditions, the way we perform them has changed dramatically.

At Centerport Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Benjamin C. Wang is one of the few experts on the cutting edge of emerging dental technology. As an early adopter of digital dentistry, Dr. Wang has garnered significant experience using computer-aided instruments that are far more precise than their old, manual predecessors. Here’s how digital dentistry gives you an advantage in your constant pursuit of excellent oral health.

Saves time

One of the most frustrating aspects of old-school dentistry is the amount of time it takes to complete a restorative procedure like a crown

The traditional method required a goopy mold to make an impression of your mouth, which was then sent to an off-site lab for your permanent crown to be manufactured. Meanwhile you wore a temporary, often ill-fitting, crown while you waited. Then you needed another appointment to receive your permanent crown.

But Dr. Wang uses the digital CEREC® system to accomplish all of this in two hours instead of two weeks! You read that right — computer-aided design and manufacturing allow Dr. Wang to create ultra-accurate images in just a few minutes. 

Those images activate an on-site milling machine that manufactures your new crown chairside. You walk out with a fully restored tooth in only one appointment.

More accurate

Digital scans are far more precise than traditional X-ray technology. This lets Dr. Wang see your oral cavity from every possible angle and allows him to identify dental problems an X-ray might miss. 

If you need to get a dental implant, digital imagery guides the instruments and ensures that your prosthetic is implanted in the exact right location and position. 

Digital dentistry also provides a more accurate and objective analysis of your jaw and bite. Many people who suffer from TMJ, a problem with their temporomandibular joint, now have a better resource to determine the exact alignment problem, which makes the treatment more effective.

More comfortable

Dental X-rays once meant holding a hard plastic spacer in your mouth at an awkward angle, while a technician ran in and out of the room changing the film and repositioning the spacer. The result was a fuzzy, grainy image that helped the doctor diagnose your problem.

But digital X-rays are quick and comfortable and produce clear 3D scans of your oral cavity. Dr. Wang can easily enlarge the images, rotate them, and zoom in to get a complete picture of your mouth.

Less exposure to radiation

Although occasional dental X-rays are considered safe, radiation exposure is a serious matter. Each time you get an X-ray, your body absorbs a little more, and it builds up over time. 

This is a huge benefit of digital radiography — it produces about 80% less radiation than traditional film X-rays. 

More efficient record management

In addition to the convenience, safety, accuracy, and comfort of digital dentistry, your teeth aren’t the only beneficiaries of new technology.

Our front office staff takes advantage of digital office management practices, which means our communications, record filing and access, and referral system are streamlined and efficient. By simplifying and safeguarding these systems, our staff can work more quickly and accurately, which saves you — and us — time and money.

If you’re still doing dentistry the old-fashioned way, it’s time to step into the future of dentistry. To find out more or to schedule an appointment, call us at 503-751-2153 or book online. 

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