Everywhere around us we see technological developments changing the world we live in. New inventions and ideas are being used to make once complicated and drawn out processes simple, fast and effective. This technological advance has also affected the world of modern dentistry.
Over the last ten years, a number of new machines and techniques have been introduced that have shortened waiting and appointment times for patients and made treatment more accurate and effective. Perhaps one of the most important of these inventions is the digital x-ray. Replacing the conventional x-ray, digital technology has made it possible to create three-dimensional images of patient’s teeth instantly. This removes the need for developing images, which could take up to two days to achieve properly.
This instant and incredibly accurate information allows dentists to make quicker and more informed assessments and diagnoses. It has also had the effect of making dental restorations achievable in only one visit. Using digital x-rays, new technology called Cerec can process the information created by a dentist using the 3D image to sculpt dental crowns and veneers from a single piece of porcelain. Crown and veneer manufacture has often been a lengthy process, taking between two and three weeks, but can now be achieved in just one appointment.
Cerec, also known as chair-side dentistry, is changing the way dentistry works and represents a clear indication of the way forward for dental treatment. London W1 dentists are already using this amazing new technology to offer the most up-to-date treatment to their patients.