Digital dental technologies available today are transforming the field of dental hygiene. Right from speedy consultations and collaborations, to enhancing the quality of dental care provided. Cosmetic, general, implant dentists or any other dental specialists. All of them are quickly adapting the effective inventions in digital dental technology, to optimize the dental care on all fronts. Listed below are few of these techniques and technologies: 

Intra-Oral Camera

Exact images of problem areas in teeth and their supporting parts, are crucial for deciding the nature of dental treatment and its flawless implementation. With Intra-oral camera, technicians and dentists can get a precise image and hence are able to provide better dental care. This camera is also used to educate patients about how they can enhance their dental hygiene practices, such as which areas to focus on while brushing.

Cone Beam CT

This is a pre-surgical imaging technique which has made the placements of dental implants easier, predictable and successful. A computerized tomography method – Cone Beam CT produces quick and particular 3-D images of a patient’s maxillofacial or oral anatomy. This image is useful for preparing implant surgical guides used by oral surgeons while fixing dental implants.


T-scan, a high-tech digital software, helps recognize premature contacts, high forces and the interrelationship of occlusal surfaces with more precision and accuracy. Some of its benefits include –

  • Precise occlusal data and location of premature contacts
  • Preserve dental artistry by eliminating destructive forces
  • Reduce repeat visits
  • Observe changes in occlusion over time
  • Eliminates ‘speculation-approach’
  • Enables better patient education on their occlusion
  • Helps your practice stand out from the rest

Laser Cavity Detection

Generally, cavities are undetectable when they are at an early stage. But thanks to this phenomenal digital technology – the laser cavity detection, cavities can be detected at a much earlier stage. This prevents major dental problems resulting from cavities which are left undetected for long. For instance, almost 50% of cavities were left undetected up until they resulted in painful root canals or even loss of teeth. There are many areas in and around teeth, such as under and around metal fillings, chewing areas etc., which make it more difficult to detect any problems. However, the laser easily detects the damaged area precisely, painlessly, and without the need of resorting to X-rays. The exactness of this laser cavity detection technology eliminates all the ‘guesswork’ treatment in hard to reach areas of mouth, and helps dentists deliver perfect treatment.


DIAGNOdent is a type of laser cavity detection technology, which employs a laser diode to examine and sense early signs of tooth decay. It offers a digital print of even the smallest signs of decay which is of huge help to the dentists. Early detection translates to less complicated fillings thus helping preserve more of the original tooth constitution. Since this technology only uses light energy and not x-rays, it scores more on safety aspects as well.

Optical Scanners

These provide a digital map of the teeth and are also useful in creating a digital impression of the tooth’s anatomy. The digital impressions are far more convenient as compared to the traditional methods of taking impressions which involve distasteful tasting materials and unwieldy trays often causing a gag. Digital color maps are important because they provide precise color analysis. This color analysis helps determine the shade and custom characterization of cosmetic restorations, making it much easier for the dentist to work.

You too can revamp your way of providing dental care with these immensely helpful digital technologies. They are more precise, aid in delivering better results and thus help you gain more customer satisfaction and healthy smiles.

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Dr Amruta Patel is a warm and compassionate dentist caring for the community of San Antonio, TX. Dr. Patel attended Marquette University, where she received both her dental degree and her bachelor’s degree. She practices at All About Smiles, where she provides cosmetic braces, endodontic treatments, implants, and veneers, as well as basic general dental services. During her consultations, Dr. Patel fully explains patients’ conditions and helps them choose an appropriate treatment plan. Outside of practicing dentistry, Dr. Patel enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs.

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