Modern technology makes life so much easier. From your smartphone that does almost everything to smart home gadgets and more, the digital world helps us be more efficient.
What Is Digital Dentistry?
Digital dentistry is dental technology using computer-based software. Digital technology allows dental professionals to examine, diagnose, and manage your oral health.
Technologies for imaging, scanning, 3D printing or milling are powerful tools for treatment planning and custom-designed manufacturing. Your treatments and solutions can quickly be implemented using advanced equipment, both in-office and in labs.
A complete digital dentistry flow includes:
- Scanning and digital impression-taking, including 3D imaging, intraoral camera imaging, and more
- Treatment planning and design with computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM)
- Manufacturing of digital designs to dental 3D printers or milling machines, including aligners, dental crowns, bridges, and other restorative dentistry products
Not all dental teams have embraced digital dentistry technology. At Outdoor Dental, we use innovative methods to help you achieve a healthy smile with less time in the dentist’s chair.
Dental Technology at Outdoor Dental
Digital dentistry isn’t just the future; it’s available to you right now. Dental teams that are consistently expanding their knowledge, learning about new technologies, and introducing the appropriate methods are taking advantage of new digital tech today.
Invisalign 3D Printing
The days of using thick tray moulds to accurately picture your misaligned teeth or bite patterns are behind us. 3D printing Invisalign offers precise, custom aligners for a better fit with greater treatment efficacy.
Using 3D computer visualizations, your dental team and manufacturers have a detailed model of your bite from every angle that traditional panoramic X-rays can’t display.
The Outdoor Dental team uses 3D design and printing to craft your custom treatment plan with a series of aligners for a straighter smile. Straightening your smile is about more than appearance—straighter teeth with Invisalign make for easier brushing and flossing, leaving fewer hiding spaces for plaque buildup.
Vivos for Sleep Apnea
Your doctor isn’t the only healthcare provider who can treat sleep apnea. If you’re looking for a compact appliance to replace a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, revolutionary Vivos appliances can help.
Sleep apnea is characterized by abnormal breathing patterns during your sleep, including reduced breathing or lapses in breathing. It can disrupt your sleep and make you excessively tired throughout the day.
The Vivos Method is an innovative treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which occurs when the airway at the back of your throat becomes constricted and prevents the normal passage of air.
Studies show that atypical mouth and jaw anatomy, such as an underdeveloped upper or lower jaw, nasal dysfunction, or a larger tongue, is commonly encountered in sleep apnea patients. The Outdoor Dental team uses our expertise in dentistry to properly reshape and expand the oral cavity with a Vivos appliance to encourage your airway to open and allow easier breathing during sleep.
Solea Laser Dentistry
For many patients, the anticipation of pain and the jarring sound of a drill can cause tension and anxiety during dental procedures. Solea laser uses computer-controlled CO2 laser technology to work on soft and hard tissues in the mouth, effectively replacing the needle, drill, and scalpel.
Solea laser may be appropriate for you if you struggle with:
- Fear of anesthetic needles
- Anxiety about the dental drill
- Unease about potential pain during the procedure
By eliminating the need for anesthesia, minimizing bleeding, and reducing the need for lengthy, drawn-out procedures, Outdoor Dental strives to make our clinic a place to find relaxation, not anxiety.
Outdoor Dental can use the Solea laser on bone and gums for procedures such as:
- Routine cavity fillings
- Removing old fillings
- Dental crowns
- Complex dental procedures
It’s gentle enough for even your child’s mouth, so their routine dental visits go more smoothly.
Advantages of Digital Dentistry
The new age of dentistry is constantly evolving to make oral health care more accessible and stress-free for patients. Some of its most significant benefits include:
- More accurate treatment planning
- Time-saving treatments
- Less discomfort
- More engaging and interactive treatments
Experience the Future of Dentistry, Today
Complete digital dentistry isn’t mainstream yet, but Outdoor Dental is focused on innovation. Whether you want new, modern treatments or methods to make dental work feel less like dental work, contact our team for an appointment or to answer questions about how digital dentistry can help you.