New technology at Blossom Dental
Dental surgical soft-tissue laser with the best accuracy, performance, and reliability in the industry. Perfect for surgical dentistry, the 980nm is also a powerful tool for biostimulation and decontamination. With this tool you can cut soft tissue with little or no bleeding, while eliminating most or all post-operative discomfort and requiring only a topical anesthetic for many procedures
Benefits of laser treatment:
- The diode laser’s anti-inflammatory effects from irradiating P. gingivalis can relieve cellular stress, decrease the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, and mitigate inflammation after treatment. The laser not only diminishes bacteria, but can also aid in reducing gingival overgrowth.
- Wound healing and tissue regeneration is another specialty of the diode laser. Research shows that with high-frequency, low-level diode treatments, the proliferation and migration rate of human gingival epithelial cells (HGEC) were markedly
- In conclusion, the diode laser used in conjunction with SRP enhances wound healing, decreases gingival bleeding, inflammation, and pocket depths, reduces bacterial populations at the surgical site, and leads to faster healing and less post-operative pain. It has been proven that SPR and laser therapy were better for the patients than just SPR alone, and its effects are evident up to six weeks after therapy.
2. 3D Imaging
Cone bean computed tomography (CBCT) 3D imaging is a major breakthrough in the field of dentistry with widespread uses in dental implantation, restoration, oral surgery, maxillofacial surgery, Temporomandibular joint and sinus disorders and orthodontics. High precision 3D images guide the dentists in terms of effective planning and treatment. It has totally re-defined the dentists’ approach towards treatment and rehabilitation.
Benefits of 3D imaging:
- 3-D imaging has also eliminated the hazards associated with previously used imaging techniques like X-rays and CT scans. Radiation exposure during 3-D imaging is far less as compared to X-rays and CT scans. The degree of radiation exposure with CBCT is roughly equal to a full month of radiation exposure with X-rays. Safety gear like thyroid shields can also be employed during the method. It is an affordable and cost effective method. The major benefit of 3-D imaging over traditional CT scan is time effectiveness. The whole CBCT scan takes merely 20 seconds. Complete scanning guides a dentist during dental implants to the point of precision helping him avoid nerve damage, sinus injuries etc. Implantologists get a complete 3-D scan of the bone which provides them with additional information and is not possible with 2-D imaging techniques.
- 3-D imaging also gives the implantologists the liberty to control the field of view (collimation) for studying bone anatomy in greater depth and detail. They can use it to study anatomical details like mandibular canal, submandibular fossa, incisive canal, maxillary sinus etc. They can choose the resolution as they deem appropriate, focus on their area of interest and get the images of pin point details at high resolution as per the needs of individual cases. The size, shape, dimensions and magnitude of bone can be studied precisely. It also benefits the patients in many ways. Besides being a comfortable method, it also eliminates the claustrophobic feeling that CT scans can cause in patients. The results can be obtained instantaneously, saving the time of patient as well as the clinicians.
CBCT 3-D imaging also helps the implantologists in determining the number and orientation of the dental implants that are needed. Apart from that, they also help in establishing whether the patient needs a bone graft. The need of sinus lift can also be ascertained. This 3-D technology has evolved to the point where an implant software can help you plan step-by-step procedure of implantation even before the implant is done. It guides the implantologists at each and every step, thereby reducing the risk of manual errors that may arise during the process.
3. Three Dimensional Scanner
3D Laser Scanning is a non-contact, non-destructive technology that digitally captures the shape and even its appearance (i.e. color, texture) of physical objects using a line of laser light. 3D laser scanners create “point clouds” of data from the surface of an object. A 3D scanner device collected data can then be used to construct digital, three dimensional models.
Benefits of 3D Scanning in Dentistry:
- Intraoral scanners provide a level of detail of the dentition and soft tissue not previously available to oral health professionals. This improvement in image quality leads to distortion-free digital models that some doctors feel result in appliances that fit more predictably than those fabricated using conventional methods. Better fitting appliances also result in higher quality treatment outcomes. Intraoral scanners use video or still image capture, coupled with powerful software, to take images and fabricate virtual copies of the mouth. They do not use X-rays or cone beam computed tomography
- A single imaging session from an intraoral scanner can:
- Produce models for records and diagnostics
- Eliminate the need for a conventional impression and stone model
- Provide instant educational information for the doctor as well as the patient
- Can reduce the number of appointments needed by 1-2 appointments when placing appliances that require band attachments Once the scan is complete, the lab can receive digital files via the internet, print a working model from the digital data and then fabricate the appliance required. With an intraoral scanner, the clinician can create an exceptionally accurate impression of the teeth while the brackets are still on. The brackets can be digitally removed as needed to create final retention appliances. An improved workflow results in a process that is seamless from the moment the initial intraoral scan is taken.
- In most cases, it significantly shortens the total time required from impression to appliance delivery, saving valuable chair time for clinicians and reducing disruptions to daily routines for patients and their parents.
- Intraoral scanning eliminates the risk of patients gagging, an advantage for all parties involved. When the clinician performs a scan, if transient brushes with sensitive tissues occur, the clinician can simply move on and return in a more careful manner, recapturing that area after the patient has felt the accomplishment of the now nearly-complete scan. The experience is more pleasant for both the patient and the clinician than with traditional impression methods.
4. 3D Printer
Benefits of 3D Printing in Dentistry:
- Replace or repair a damaged tooth: The dentist scans the patient’s mouth with a small digital wand. This creates a 3D image of the teeth and gums, which is saved as a computer file. Computer Aided Design (CAD) software enables the dentist to digitally design the tooth repair and print the finished product on a 3D printer.
- Create an orthodontic model: Pre-3D printer technology includes having the patient bite down on gooey, uncomfortable clay so it could harden into a mold, which becomes the initial model for designing a treatment for braces or Invisalign. This is not so with 3D printing. A dentist can use the same technology highlighted in the first example to scan the teeth, design an orthodontic appliance and print the end result in-house.
- Produce crowns, bridges, caps, dentures and more: The same process outlined above can be used to 3D print all kinds of dental implants. The only difference is the precise material used in the printing process.
- Construct surgical tools: Not only can 3D printers handle the dental implants themselves, but they can also 3D print the drill guides needed to complete certain dental procedures.
- Dental and orthopedic services are faster and more accurate: Manual model-making is time consuming while 3D printing allows for multiple appliances to be printed at once. Accuracy is also improved since 3D printers convert digital images into physical objects by printing 16-micron-thick layers one on top of the other. Increased production capacity and more accurate end results benefit both dentists and patients.
5. Digital xray:
Benefit of Digital xray:
- Use 70% less radiation than traditional film x-rays
- Take less time to take and are easier to take than traditional film x-rays
- Use streamlined designs taking the pain out of taking dental x-rays (No more razor-like edges cutting the inside of your mouth!)
- Have better quality viewing capabilities than traditional film x-rays
- Take the waiting out of the development process allowing us to see what is going on immediately
- Prevent issues from going undetected and/or missed
- Decrease your time in the chair
- Are easily stored on a computer
- Can be easily transferred to other dentists or orthodontists when referrals are needed
- Are less expensive and more environmentally-friendly
6. Intraoral Camera
About the Intra-Oral Camera
The intra-oral camera is very small and approximately the size of a pen. Because of its small size, the camera can reveal images of the teeth from angles previously unseen. All exams using the intra-oral camera are completely sanitary, as a different disposable camera cover is used on each patient every time. Images from the intra-oral camera may be digitally stored, printed or disposed of following an exam.
Benefit of Intraoral Camera:
The intra-oral camera makes going to the dentist easier for both the patient and the dental health provider. Offices that use intra-oral cameras allow patients to be more interactive in the exam process, which provides patients with a greater sense of understanding and responsibility about personal dental health. Although a traditional visual inspection of the teeth may have sufficed in the past, technology has made it possible for dentists and patients to reap many more benefits from each health exam.
Early Detection of Dental Health Problems
The intra-oral camera enlarges the inside of the teeth to more than 40 times their actual size on a full color screen display. By zooming in on problem areas in affecting the teeth, dentists are capable of seeing much more than they could with the human eye alone. Often, dentists find the beginnings of periodontal disease or tooth decay that would have otherwise gone undetected if examined without the intra-oral camera.
The intra-oral camera is not just a diagnostic tool, but it also serves as an educational one too. In the past, dentists have struggled to explain dental decay and other health problems to patients. Most people cannot see well into their own mouths, which leaves dentists to drawing diagrams or using props to attempt to explain what is going on in the mouth of their patients.
With the intra-oral camera, however, the patient sees exactly what the dentist sees on an in-office screen. If necessary, the dentist can pause on a particular tooth or area of the mouth to point out problems and explain possible treatment options. This also frees the patient to ask questions and become a part of the examination process. When dentists can point out specific places on the actual teeth that are decaying, patients may have a better idea of how home hygiene practices and brushing techniques are affecting them.
Better Record Keeping
The intra-oral camera makes record keeping a breeze. Because the camera can take pictures of decay or the beginnings of oral health conditions, images can be printed and placed into patient files. Previously, dentists merely attempted to write an explanation of problems found during exams. Now, dentists can accurately track the progress of treatments or problems for years following a visit. Furthermore, patients can receive printed pictures of the conditions the dentist finds, which may be beneficial for filing insurance claims.