Digital dentistry refers to the use of computers or digital devices in modern dentistry. Many new dental technologies use digital or computer technology to improve the efficiency and accuracy of procedures. Dentists today can use digital technology for everything from taking a detailed image of your teeth and oral structures to sending that information to another office where they will be able to plan and perform complex procedures that may not even require them to be present. Digital dentistry is designed to make dental care more comfortable and convenient for patients, and it ensures that patients receive the very best in diagnosis and treatment.
Here are some of the digital technologies we make use of in our practice:
Dentists may use digital technology like digital X-rays to diagnose cavities and tooth decay. These X-rays use up to 90% less radiation than traditional film-based X-rays, making them safer for patients of all ages. Additionally, digital X-ray images can be viewed in high definition on a computer or TV screen, making it easy for dentists to communicate complex diagnoses to patients.
In addition to being more convenient, digital X-ray technology allows patients to view the images as well. Patients can understand their oral health better when they can see the images for themselves.
An intraoral camera is a small, handheld wand that emits a bright light, allowing the dentist to take digital pictures of your teeth and your mouth. The pictures are then displayed on a chairside monitor so that you and your dentist can review them together. This can enhance communication between you and your dentist and help you stay better informed about your oral health. Intraoral cameras let you become more familiar with the inside of your mouth, so you can experience less anxiety about dental procedures. They are also useful in helping the dentist track changes in your dental health over time so that problems can be caught quickly before they lead to more serious complications.
Cone Beam CT Scanner
The cone beam computed tomography scanner generates high-resolution images of a patient’s teeth and jaw in 3D format. The detailed images allow our dentist to diagnose impacted teeth, bone disease, tumors, and more with extreme accuracy.
A scan can be performed in a matter of minutes. The images can also be viewed on a monitor in the treatment room, allowing the patient to see what the dentist sees and better understand any proposed procedures.
CEREC® One-Visit Crowns
Traditional dental crowns used to be the norm in dentistry, but today one-visit crowns are possible thanks to digital impressions and milling technology. CEREC® uses 3D imaging to create a virtual model of your tooth and then mills your new restoration from a solid piece of porcelain while you wait!
The entire visit lasts about an hour. There’s no need for a temporary crown or a second appointment to have adjustments made to your permanent one. Our Sheboygan dentist can restore your smile in only one visit!
Benefits of Digital Dentistry
Digital technology offers many benefits over traditional tools and procedures. Here are just a few benefits patients enjoy with digital technology:
- Less discomfort during dental treatments, such as root canals
- Faster and more efficient diagnostic imaging results can be advantageous when treating dental emergencies or planning dental implant placement
- More accurate and efficient treatment planning and creation of restorations such as crowns and bridges
- Ability to view X-rays more clearly on our computer screens
- The ability to store and access patient records instantly for more accurate care
- Shorter wait times and more convenience for patients
- Lower overall cost and faster turnaround times on treatments
To learn more about digital dentistry in Sheboygan, WI, or to schedule a consultation with us, call Cooper Dental at (920) 452-1110 or visit us at 703 South Taylor Dr., Sheboygan, WI 53081. We’re always happy to assist you!