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The future of dentistry is digital!

July 10th, 2017

"The future of dentistry is digital" says Biomed Central of Oral Health. It is true, the future of dentistry is indeed digital.

Consider the last time you had an impression taken at the dentist's. That feeling of discomfort and the recurrence of the ultimate gag reflex made your dental experience, surely, less enjoyable and your dentist's experience more nerve-racking. In addition to that, the custom design of the trays, the materials used, and sending the impression to lab and getting the plaster model back is time consuming and expensive.

 

Therefore, recently the use of Intraoral Scanner (IOS) devices is becoming more and more popular. The technique is referred to as taking optical impressions. It works by projecting a beam of light that hits the surface of the teeth and a high-resolution camera captures the distortion that the beam undergoes. This device can collect the complete shape and size of the dental arch and then those pictures can be translated into a 3D model.

 

The application of this new technology is vast in the dental field. IOS is especially very helpful when used for dental implants, in the preparation of prosthesis to model and fabricate restorations, in surgical dentistry for guided surgery and in orthodontics to precisely make aligners, or other customized orthodontic devices.

 

In addition to the ease that comes for the dentist with the immediate results, it is also well tolerated by patients. In addition, the 3D models are obtained on the computer and can be stored with an easier access for a longer time than the collection of breakable plaster models.

 

Here at Wellesley Dental Group, we embrace the new cutting-edge technologies that are shaping the dental field. We have been using our 3D scanner with great success, and patients have reported that it is much easier than traditional impressions. Call us today at 781-237-9071 to find out more!

 

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

Plasma Tools: the Future of Dentistry?

May 25th, 2014

What if in the future there was a way to painlessly drill teeth or remove tissue in the mouth?  A new emerging field of therapeutic medicine shows promising developments in incorporating plasma tools in dental hygiene and oral surgery.Plasma Pencil

Plasma medicine is a relatively new and innovative field of clinical medicine that uses pressurized charged, active molecules and atoms and UV photons for therapeutic applications.  Physical plasma has been proven to effectively encourage tissue growth and regeneration without impacting surrounding healthy tissue layers.

A team of researchers at the University of Notre Dame has been studying the applications of plasma medicine.  Specifically, they looked at the different kinds of DNA damage that is caused by atmospheric pressure plasma exposure.  The results showed that plasma could be used for a wide range of applications including cancer therapy, dental care, hospital hygiene, skin diseases, anti fungal problems, and chronic wounds.

Another application of plasma in dentistry is its use in killing common oral pathogens.  Researchers at the Leibniz-Institute of Surface Modifications, Leipzig and dentists from the Saarland University, Homburg, Germany found that harnessing low-temperature plasma beams and directing them at oral pathogens led to a marked decrease in bacteria films formed on teeth surfaces.  In fact, firing these beams at the dentin (structure under the enamel coating of teeth) led to a 10,000-fold reduction of dental bacteria.

Dr. Stefan Rupf of Saarland University described the benefits of incorporating plasma in dentistry, “The low temperature means they can kill the microbes while preserving the tooth. The dental pulp at the centre of the tooth, underneath the dentin, is linked to the blood supply and nerves and heat damage to it must be avoided at all costs.”

The future of plasma medicine looks bright and promising in the field of dentistry.

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.PradhanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plasma_medicine

http://dentistrytoday.com/todays-dental-news/10009-plasma-tool-may-eradicate-cancer-cells

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100119213041.htm

http://www.richmondinstitute.com/article/endodontics/plasmadent-breakthrough-technology-dental-hygiene-dentistry

Image credit: http://www.ece.odu.edu/~mlarouss/_derived/Plasma%20Pencil.gif

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