Advanced Techniques and Technology
At UT Dentists, we have both the advanced technology and the professional expertise to deliver the best in modern dentistry.
Tremendous advances have occurred since lasers were introduced to dentistry. Lasers reduce the need for local anesthesia for tooth preparation and cause less discomfort for patients by avoiding the vibration and sound of the drill. Lasers also offer more conservative cavity preparation, less bleeding in surgical procedures and a reduced need for sutures (stitches). Conventional drilling of the hard tissues or caries may produce adverse thermal side effects, such as pulpal injury, crack formation and hypersensitivity. Lasers avoid that.
Lasers are making a remarkable impact on the delivery of dental care in the 21st century and will continue to do so as technology improves. Laser technology in clinical dentistry is one of the principal concerns of today’s research.
Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)
CBCT is the newest imaging technology in dentistry and is revolutionizing diagnosis and treatment in virtually all areas of dentistry, especially endodontics, implant dentistry, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and periodontics. Coupled with sophisticated 3D imaging software, CBCT now allows dentists to visualize the inside of teeth, beneath the gums, and other “hidden” areas of the mouth in a three-dimensional fashion never before possible.
Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM)
With the addition of CAD/CAM technology, UT Dentists joins the leaders in dental practice by using computer technology to fabricate dental crowns and other prosthetics. Procedures that used to require weeks and an outside dental laboratory are now possible in just a few days, or even on the same day.
With the addition of digital impression systems, no longer do patients have to experience the mouth full of impression material formerly required for procedures such as crowns, bridges or dental implants.
Electronic Health Records
UT Dentists’ electronic health record (EHR) system keeps your records secure and digitally accessible to enhance diagnosis, prevention, treatment and patient education. Just as UTHealth School of Dentistry was among the first dental schools to be fully digital with patient records and images, so, too, was UT Dentists. That’s just one example of our commitment to serving you with the most up-to-date technology available.
Most think of tooth whitening or veneers at the mention of cosmetic dentistry, but cosmetic dentistry is much more. A skilled, experienced dentist or dental specialist can help improve your appearance, your smile and even your self-esteem and confidence.
With advances in modern dentistry, cosmetic procedures performed by experts at UT Dentists can range from basic color correction to gum procedures, replacing missing teeth, and everything in between. Want to learn more? Just ask us!