At Summer Dental in Las Vegas, we use the latest technology to provide our patients with quality dentistry. In addition, we keep up-to-date on the latest research that is pushing the industry forward.
Here are some of the intriguing dental technologies currently being studied and tested:
Fill and Heal: Bioactive Glass
A new type of filling created from ‘bioactive glass’ has been shown to lengthen the life of fillings by restricting secondary decay and replacing lost minerals.
“Bioactive glass, which is a type of crushed glass that is able to interact with the body, has been used in some types of bone healing for decades. This type of glass is only beginning to see use in dentistry, and our research shows it may be very promising for tooth fillings.” Jamie Kruzic, professor of advanced structural and biomaterials at the Oregon State University College of Engineering
Stem cell regenerative medicine is poised to provide a plethora of exciting innovations in dentistry.
A research team from the University of Nottingham and Harvard University is applying stem cell technology to dentistry with the development of stem-cell based biomaterials that regenerate tooth dentin.2 The intent is to use them in fillings and root canals to save and regenerate tooth structure. The research is in its early stages, but this technology could one day help preserve millions of smiles for individuals worldwide.
3D printing is already being used in some dental offices to fabricate aligners, retainers, drilling guides for implant placement, and extremely accurate models for restorations. As the printers become faster and less costly, you will be seeing them in more Nevada dental offices.
Technology has its place, but experience, proficiency, and a warm and attentive chairside manner are just as crucial. The experienced team at Summer Dental – Kids|Adults|Braces invites you to appreciate the difference at our comfortable dental office. Call today to make an appointment.
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