The Power of Digital Dentistry
New technology emerging in dentistry is harnessing the power of laser printers.
You may have seen on the news how printers can print everything from kitchen appliances to handguns – but did you know that this technology is being used in dentistry today?
The term ‘digital dentistry’ is being used to describe the process of using a camera to take lots of pictures of the teeth and the software cleverly stitches it together to give a virtual set of teeth. We can then send the file (called an .stl file) to our dental technicians who can then print models of teeth rather than casting them out of plaster of paris.
Also, we can mill crowns or porcelain veneers straight from the software without even needing to print a model. Porcelain teeth cannot be printed just yet but… watch this space.
What do printed dental models look like? Just like normal ones but they are made out of plastic. These digital impressions also mean that there is no soft material filling up your mouth – just a camera that we guide around.
As there are fewer materials involved, the science has shown that crowns and veneers have a more accurate fit to your tooth which means there is less chance of bacteria and stains getting under the restoration.
Digital impressions can be used for tooth straightening like Invisalign, for dental implants and for porcelain veneers, crowns and bridges and inlays for back teeth.
At Cherrybank Dental Spa we have the Itero scanner which can also give a preview of how your teeth could look if you straightened them – it’s really helpful to be able to visualise the end result!
Alternatively, you can contact our expert dental team via an online consultation, where you can find out:
- If we can help you
- What your treatment options are
- An idea of costs
Last updated October 10th, 2018