The Evolution of Dentistry: How Has It Changed Over the Last Few Decades?

Dentistry has come a long way in the last few decades. In fact, it has changed so much that it is now difficult to imagine dentistry and dental care without all of the technological advances that have been made. According to the Department of Health, dental health in Australia has significantly improved over the last 25-30 years. If you are curious about how dentistry has changed over the years, keep reading! In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the most important changes that have taken place in modern dentistry and discuss their impact on patients’ oral health.

Advanced dental technologies

Perhaps the most significant change in dentistry over the past few decades is the advancement of the dental technologies used in cosmetic, general and orthodontic treatment. Dental technologies have made it possible for dentists to perform a wide range of procedures with incredible precision. This has led to improved patient outcomes and fewer complications.

Digital scanning

One of the most important advancements in dental technology has been the development of digital scanning.  This technology allows dentists to scan patients’ teeth and create detailed models of the mouth on a computer screen. The dentist can then use these models to plan treatment or restorative procedures with incredible accuracy.

This type of digital scanning is mainly used for dentures, crowns, Invisalign and other treatments that require an exact replica of the patient’s mouth structure before they are made.

Digital X-Rays

Digital x-rays are one of the most important advancements in dentistry in the past few decades. They are beneficial in that they are versatile and can be used for a range of dental procedures. They are also advanced in that they use low levels of radiation to capture digital images of the interior of your mouth, including images of your teeth and gums.  Here at Blue Tooth Dental, we use digital x-rays for a range of purposes from oral health checks during regular check-ups to root canal treatments where we use an x-ray to assess the size and length of your roots so that the right treatment plan can be created. 

Laser

Laser dentistry is a new field that is growing in popularity. It uses lasers to perform a variety of dental procedures, including teeth whitening, cavity fillings, and even root canals. This type of dentistry is safe and gentle, and it can provide many benefits for your oral health. Here at Blue Tooth Dental, we use diode lasers for a range of procedures particularly those involving soft tissue surgery in which greater precision is required. Normally they are used for dental implants, crowns, and bridges. This new technology has enabled for more precise treatments, significantly reduced patient discomfort and improved access and field of vision to the treatment site.

Invisalign

More and more patients are now turning to Invisalign to realign or straighten their teeth, instead of traditional braces.  This is because Invisalign offers a discreet and effective alternative to conventional orthodontic treatment. The biggest advantage of Invisalign is that they are removable, so you can remove your aligners to eat food, or to brush or floss, allowing you to maintain a good oral hygiene routine.

Our dentists here at Blue Tooth Dental in Enmore are certified providers of Invisalign! We offer clear aligners that are custom made to fit the shape of your teeth and bite so you can get a straight smile without having braces installed.

Dental Implants

One of dentistry’s most significant developments over the last few decades has been the introduction of dental implants. These have revolutionised dentistry by offering patients with missing teeth an option other than dentures or bridges—which sometimes can be uncomfortable to wear.

Dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth without the need for dentures, bridges or crowns on adjacent healthy teeth (like traditional bridgework). It works by inserting a small titanium screw into the site of tooth loss. The screw will then fuse with the jawbone, like natural tooth roots and provide strong support for new replacement dentition. Dental implant surgery is typically performed under local anaesthesia with sedation if necessary, so this procedure has minimal pain associated with it!

Here at Blue Tooth Dental, we use digital scanning for a range of procedures and treatments such as getting a dental implant. All we need to do is take a 3D scan of your jawbones so that we can provide the best treatment plan for your dental implant.

Dental pain relief

Another significant change in dentistry over the past few decades has been the development of safe dental pain relief techniques. This means that patients can now undergo a wide range of dental services such as tooth extraction, managing problems with teeth implants and root canal treatments, without experiencing much discomfort.

At Blue Tooth Dental, we offer two different types of sedation to ensure that our patients are as comfortable as possible during their visit. This includes Happy Gas sedation which helps to raise patients pain threshold and help them feel relaxed. We also offer IV/Twilight sedation which is a new technique that provides relief from anxiety and pain for longer procedures such as surgery.

Need A Dental Check-Up? Get In Contact With Blue Tooth Dental.

We hope you have found this article informative. If you would like to know more about any of the topics discussed, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Blue Tooth Dental. Whether you need a dental check-up or want to discuss your dental concerns, the team of dentists at Blue Tooth Dental in Enmore is here to help. We offer a range of dentistry services including tooth extraction, straightening teeth with Invisalign and implants. Contact us today, to book an appointment!

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