LiveWell Nebraska recently interviewed our own Dr. Jeffrey Garvey of The Dentists at Hillsborough. Dr. Garvey discussed how dentistry’s role in healthcare is evolving – for example, innovative new diagnostic procedures and treatments are being offered for problems like sleep apnea.
Additionally, technology is transforming other aspects of dental care, such as:
- 3D X-rays – New 3D X-ray technology is replacing traditional 2D X-rays, providing dentists with a more comprehensive look inside the mouth. Oddities like a growth or abscess in the mouth are easier to detect in their early stages. 3D X-rays also improve the precision of dental implant placement.
- Tooth-colored, metal-free restorations – Metal fillings are slowly becoming a thing of the past at dental practices throughout the nation, including The Dentists in Omaha. All-porcelain dental crowns, tooth-colored composite fillings, and other metal-free restoration techniques not only make your smile look better, they are also stronger, healthier, and more durable than most traditional materials.
- Oral cancer screening – In the past five years, more advanced methods of oral cancer screening have become available to dentists. Infrared lights can be used to identify potentially cancerous abnormalities in the mouth, and a swab of your mouth can be used to test for pre-cancerous lesions. Dr. Garvey says patients who chew tobacco are especially at risk for oral cancer.
Other recent advancements in dentistry – such as dental implants – have significantly improved tooth replacement, and can even enhance dentures. Instead of messy adhesives, implants can be used as an anchor for dentures, preventing them from slipping or moving. Implant-supported dentures or bridges can be life-changing for many patients.
If you are looking for an experienced Omaha dentist who uses the latest technology and techniques in the field, please contact The Dentists in Omaha today to schedule a consultation with our experienced team. We have offices in Hillsborough, Village Pointe, Ralston Square, and Dundee.