The world of dentistry is ever evolving and finding new ways to help maintain and improve oral healthcare for patients is a constant focus for experts in the industry. It doesn’t matter what dentist you go to, whether it’s a Finchley Dentist or even your local NHS establishment, modern dental procedures are widely available for those who need or want it. However, each dental practice has an effect on patients and we’re here to highlight how this year’s dental trends could change a patient’s experience for the better.
3D Tooth Printing
The latest in innovative dental technology is the use of 3D printers to scan and create a antimicrobial plastic version of a tooth for a patient. Although this has been tested within a lab using 3D printed teeth coated with human saliva and exposed to harmful bacteria and proved successful, there is still yet to be a proper trial. If these trial teeth get the go-ahead, this could vastly improve the look of fake teeth and dentures while potentially boosting dental hygiene. However, there is still uncertainty about how the 3D printed teeth will react with constant brushing and use of toothpaste. However, providing any issues are resulted, 3D tooth printing count benefit patients considerably by providing dentures and replacement teeth that look similar to those that are natural, while being built to last and preventing the need for future treatments.
Everyone knows that if you see someone with stunningly bright teeth, then the chances are they have invested in highly rated Veneers. Veneers are a thin porcelain layer that is fitted to your tooth after removing a similar piece of enamel. This are quite expensive to purchase, the cost can rise to about £400 for a single tooth. Veneers allow your teeth a natural and healthy look and can help realign and improve colour. This procedure is great for patients looking to improve their smile; however, there can be some negative effects. Tooth sensitivity is one risk to considered, and it’s also important to take into account that once you’ve decided to invest in veneers there is no going back. Due to the removal of enamel, you either have to maintain or replace them as there is no protective layer left on your tooth underneath.
Composite bonding is a treatment where the patient has gaps in their teeth filled, or the size and shape is corrected with a reinforced plastic to improve the overall appearance of their teeth. There are a few risks that patients should be aware of before undergoing the treatment. Things like allergic reactions and infections are always an unlikely event, but should always be considered and great care should be taken regardless. If infection occurs the tooth structure is at risk from being eaten away and could lead to that tooth being removed.
Furthermore you could have an allergic reaction to the liquid that forms the composition, or even tothe tools used. Over time, it is expected that the material used will wear down so you’ll need to go back every 3-10 years to have it replaced or fixed. However, if the treatment is a success, the patient can enjoy a perfect smile again without having any follow up treatment for another 3 years, unless they are damaged.
These are some of the biggest trends to be on the lookout for this 2018 and maybe you should consider one or maybe some of the treatments mentioned so you can fulfil your smiles potential and have no worries left when it comes to your oral hygiene.