At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, we use the latest proven dental technology to bring our patients general and cosmetic dentistry. In addition, we’re up to date on the latest dental research that drives the industry forward.
As we look a short distance down the road, we see some intriguing dental technologies being evaluated and tested:
Fill and Heal: Bioactive Glass
A new type of filling created from bioactive glass has been shown to prolong the life of fillings, by inhibiting 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,” said Jamie Kruzic, professor of advanced structural and biomaterials at the Oregon State University College of Engineering. “Our research shows it may be very promising for tooth fillings.”
Stem cell regenerative medicine is poised to provide a host of exciting breakthroughs 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. The goal 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 men and women worldwide.
3D printing is already being used in some dental offices to manufacture aligners, retainers, drilling guides for implant placement, and extremely accurate models for restorations. As the printers become faster and less pricey, you will be seeing them in more Utah dental offices.
Technology has its place, but experience, proficiency, and a warm and attentive chairside manner are just as essential. Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry provides dental implants, Invisalign clear braces, porcelain veneers, and general dentistry,
Note: The image with this blog post is a Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing machine used for the production of dental restorations.
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