NAVIGATION

August 23, 2016

Dental Care

High-Tech Teeth

Diane Sears | 7/1/2006

DENTISTRY'S LATEST
Word of Mouth

? Faster caps and crowns -- With CAD/CAM 3-D technology, a machine called Cerec 3 designs a piece that fits into or onto a damaged tooth and sends the image to a milling machine that produces it in 15 minutes, eliminating the need for a second office visit.

? Digital X-rays -- A sensor placed in the mouth produces an image on a flat-panel screen, which the dentist can enlarge to show the patient. This technique eliminates the radiation of traditional X-rays.

? Lasers -- A device called a KaVo DIAGNOdent signals when it encounters an abnormality, often catching cavities that don't show up on X-rays. Other lasers are used to cut teeth with more precision than a drill and to make incisions in the gums.

? Dental implants -- Natural-looking titanium teeth are individually inserted into the patient's jaw, replacing bridges that are placed on top of the two surrounding teeth and require special flossing underneath.

? Sleep treatment -- Orthotic appliances similar to mouth guards are made in dental offices and can help alleviate snoring and mild to moderate sleeping disorders.

? Ozone treatment for dental decay -- Dentists are awaiting U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of a new treatment, already used in Europe and Australia, to detect decay early before it makes a hole in the tooth.

Tags: Healthcare

Digital Access

DIRECT DIGITAL ACCESS
Add digital to your current subscription, purchase a single digital issue, or start a new subscription to Florida Trend.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
An overview of the features and articles in this month's issue of Florida Trend.

ACCESS THIS ISSUE »

Florida Business News

Florida Trend Video Pick

How septic tanks may imperil this Florida ecosystem
How septic tanks may imperil this Florida ecosystem

In Florida, one of the nation’s largest waterways is in danger as septic tanks are disrupting the fragile ecosystem of the state’s Indian River Lagoon. 

Earlier Videos | Viewpoints@FloridaTrend

Ballot Box

Should Florida felons -- who are done serving their sentence -- have their right to vote reinstated?

  • Yes
  • Only in certain circumstances
  • No

See Results

Ballot Box
Subscribe