7 Innovations in Modern Dentistry

Gone are the days of cold, drab dental offices with antiquated technology seemingly designed to raise anxiety levels among patients. The modern dental experience at Great Lakes Dental is driven by comfort, precision, and solutions that both beautify and maximize oral health at the same time.

New technologies allow for more personalized patient care, more effective and lasting solutions, and more comfortable treatment. Here are a few of the innovations used by the Advanced Smile Professionals at Great Lakes Dental.

1. Digital Imaging

Remember x-ray bitewings? Not only were these traditional x-rays uncomfortable, they also came with a high dose of radiation. Today’s innovative digital imaging solutions provide high definition pictures of your teeth, mouth, and jaw enabling our team to see crystal clear pictures of decay, tartar, cavities, and other oral health issues. Not only does digital imaging contain up to 90% less radiation, theses precision photos allow us to design highly personalized solutions.

2. Lifetime Dental Implants

With proper care and regular dental visits, dental implants at Great Lakes Dental are designed to last a lifetime. Not only are they beautiful and designed to match your existing smile, the titanium used in today’s implants fuses to your existing jawbone structure to provide long-term tooth replacement. This process, called osseointegration, will not only replace your teeth but will also stabilize your bite and prevent any future bone loss.

3. Tooth Colored Fillings

Silver fillings were the standard of yesterday’s dental care. Today’s innovative tooth-colored fillings blend naturally with your existing teeth for a silver-free smile. Not only do they look great, but they are not sensitive to hot and cold. With composite tooth colored fillings, we are also able to preserve more of your natural tooth structure, reducing the chance of the tooth being damaged again, and resulting in better overall oral health.

4. Protective Sealants

Though dental sealants have been around longer than other advancements on this list, today’s innovative sealants have been proven to provide modern cavity protection for both children and adults. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), children’s cavities most commonly occur in places that sealants could have prevented. While sealants typically cost less than half the price of a filling, they are also likely to be covered by insurance.  Stopping cavities before they occur is not only the most cost effective approach to dentistry but is also the best approach to long-term oral health. 

5. Porcelain Veneers

Technology and treatment with modern veneers allows patients to experience a stunning smile makeover quickly. Today’s veneers (we offer daVinci and MAC) are ultra-thin to minimize any impact on your existing teeth and custom-designed to create the smile you desire. Bonded to the front of your teeth, these precision crafted teeth covers effectively treat discolored, worn, chipped, broken, misaligned teeth or teeth with gaps.

6. Invisalign®

Beautiful straight teeth without braces. Invisalign® uses a series of removable, and comfortable aligners – virtually invisible to your friends, family and coworkers! Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. This modern advancement allows you to achieve the smile you've wanted without the braces you've avoided.

7. Same Day Crowns

With today’s advanced CEREC Same Day Crown system, a chipped, cracked, or damaged tooth can be quickly and easily fixed in as little as one dental office visit. No messy impressions because CEREC digitally maps your mouth. No temporary crowns because the entire CEREC process takes place in the office. The result is beautiful teeth with durable, tooth-colored overlays that look like your natural teeth.

To learn more about the innovative technologies and modern treatments available from the Advance Smile Professionals at Great Lakes Dental, please contact us today.