Progress can be defined as improving the path to a better destination. The dental industry has seen amazing progress over the past decades as technology helps to make the experience less stressful. A progressive dentist Stevenage will be aware that it is important never to forget the human element, which is to build a relationship with every patient. Explaining the benefits of a proposed treatment and answering questions will engender confidence. This will help to build a solid dentist/patient relationship which will result in a better patient experience.
As dental equipment and techniques improve it is necessary to attend regular seminars and training to ensure that patients receive the best treatment available at any one time. Techniques in how to handle patients’ anxiety is also an area that is becoming better understood. The latest equipment provides many improvements to the dental experience, especially in the area of reducing pain and discomfort. The latest adaptation of this equipment is an apparatus described as a wand which is used for administering anaesthesia, painlessly. It is computer controlled and ensures that the exact amount of anaesthetic is distributed to the precise location required.
Cosmetic dentistry often has a two-fold purpose. The first is always to restore practical usage and secondly to enhance from a cosmetic point of view. An example is teeth straightening which is necessary to ensure that the teeth meet correctly, allowing for proper mastication of food. The cosmetic enhancement is secondary to the primary need, but equally as important. The need to replace a lost tooth, especially at the front of the mouth is also cosmetically motivating, but equally enhances the ability to chew properly. It is therefore wrong to consider cosmetic dentistry as purely an aesthetic procedure.
The twenty-first century has brought our dental features to the fore as technology brings us more and more enhanced personal devices. When the smartphone arrived with its camera it signalled a change in how we perceive ourselves. This changed the perception of the dentist as a tooth puller and tooth cavity filler to someone who could improve our smiles and looks. This has not been a bad thing, as we are now more conscious of our teeth and we want to take better care of them because they are on show a lot more than in the past. White fillings, porcelain veneers and teeth whitening have suddenly become necessary for us to present ourselves in public.
A positive benefit
This desire to present with a perfect smile has been a positive result of technology not only for adults, but the young as well. More and more are coming forward to have their teeth cleaned and to have them straightened. Braces and aligners have also developed at a rapid pace giving the dentist more targeted apparatus than ever before. Adults and youngsters alike realise that maintaining their teeth and gums will allow them to retain their smile. The aesthetic aspect has therefore resulted in making us all more aware of the value of our teeth and gums. The importance of six monthly dental visits has been highlighted and the result is that fewer of the new generation are losing their teeth through tooth decay.