Are you wondering how to best invest in a winning smile? When in doubt, do what your dentist would do (for himself).
Dr. Dan Truono, owner of PA Dental Associates., never recommends a treatment that he would not follow. As dentistry evolves, this approach is both practical and comforting.
We asked the so-called “Dr. Dan” for his take on the ever-changing world of dental technology.
What are the latest and greatest technologies and equipment in the dental world?
The next time you go to the dentist, look around and see what’s new: patients have something to be excited about. At Dental Associates PA, we have recently invested in:
- Dental Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT). This special x-ray machine obtains data using short, concentrated bursts of radiation (instead of continuous exposure). Our device can generate a detailed 3D image of a patient’s tooth structure in a single scan. We can then overlay photographs to get the best possible idea of a patient’s dental health.
- Economical Restoration to the Aesthetic Ceramic Chair (CEREC). CEREC, aided by computer-aided design and manufacturing, allows us to restore dental implants, crowns and other appliances on-site. CEREC also gives us careful control over the entire design and manufacturing process. This helps us reach new levels of precision in our dental appliances.
We’ve also significantly improved our office’s smile design studio. At my office, I can rotate 3D models of dental structures, design custom dental appliances, layer them and modify them to ensure they fit properly. We also invested in a 3D printer for our office.
What can 3D printing do in the world of dentistry?
A better question might be: what can’t he do? We can use our 3D printer to:
- Repair damaged teeth
- Do night guards
- Print specific tooth models for analysis
- Make temporary crowns and bridges
- Design precise implants
- Create custom drill guides for procedures
And perhaps my favorite 3D printing feature: we can scan a patient’s teeth, model them on our computer, make diagnostic waxes (or mock-ups of planned restorations), and even print temporary appliances to show patients what are their teeth. may look and feel after treatment.
In your opinion, what are the real advantages of these new technologies?
Two words: Efficiency and visibility.
Our new machines communicate with each other and with our laboratory wirelessly – no need for USB sticks. I can’t overestimate how much time (and energy and money) we save with this benefit alone. But perhaps the most exciting benefit is the instant visibility that new dental technology offers. Our new equipment allows us to analyze the dental structures of our patients with unprecedented precision. We can also preview our patients’ future smiles!
What’s next in the world of dental technology?
I’m excited that we can print custom crowns and other dental appliances on site! Fifteen years ago, this would have been impossible.
In the future, I’m curious to see how far we can push 3D printing in dentistry. Tomorrow could bring advancements in AI, accessible teledentistry services, and even regenerative procedures. For now, I’ll just say: Stay tuned!
How can I find out more about these new procedures?
Contact our team. All of my staff are trained on the technology offered in our office. Everyone is friendly, knowledgeable, and ready to answer all your questions. If you are investing in good dental health, start with us: we are your reference for a beautiful smile!
For more information and to schedule a consultation, visit dentalassociatespa.com.
2300 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 6 CD
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