How these technologies make your visit more comfortable and safe
There have been several advances in dental technology in Knoxville in recent years, and two examples are the dry shield and iTero scanner. These both play an integral part in dental work and have improved the experience for both the dentist and the patient. The dry shield is an intelligent breakthrough in isolation with multiple functions that bring ease and comfort to the dentist and patient. The iTero scanner is a compact innovative device allowing images of your teeth and gums to be captured using the latest optical technology. Here is a quick overview of both.
What is the dry shield?
The dry shield performs a variety of tasks and is efficient. It performs high levels of suction as an evacuator, while also acting as a bite block, tongue shield, and oral pathway protector. For the dentist, it’s a marvellous piece of innovation because it keeps their working area clean, dry, and visible at all times. This allows them to work much more safely and efficiently.
The dry shield also improves the experience for the patient as well. Because it’s a multi-functional device, the dentist or hygienist only has to use the one tool. This means they can work faster and the patient will spend much less time in the chair. It’s also more comfortable than having various apparatus put in your mouth by more than one person at a time. The dry shield streamlines the whole process and makes it more comfortable for everyone.
When and how is the dry shield used?
The dry shield is an all-in-one isolation system used by dentists when performing a number of procedures such as cleanings, sealants, fillings, crowns, bridges, implants, and extractions. It’s used to keep the patient’s mouth open, their tongue out of the way, to extract saliva, and to protect their airway, all at the same time. Dryshield is also important for infection control by reducing aerosols.
What is the iTero scanner?
The iTero scanner, on the other hand, is the latest in dental imaging technology. It’s a hand-held device, similar to a wand, which the dentist uses to scan your teeth and gums. They can create 3D images of your mouth in minutes. It’s incredibly precise and gives quick and accurate results. The iTero scanner takes 6000 high-resolution 3D images per second. It’s commonly used to see the conditions of your teeth to plan orthodontic work or further dental treatments.
How does the iTero scanner technology work?
The iTero scanner is fitted with a laser or light-emitting wand that is run around the inside your mouth to create a 3D digital impression. This is the digital version of when the dentist makes a physical mould of your teeth. The iTero scanner is small enough that it can capture the back teeth and keep the patient as comfortable as possible. It allows patients to see a real-time simulation of their teeth onscreen.
If you would like any further information about the dry shield, iTero scanner, or the latest dental technology we use in Knoxville, Tennessee, get in touch today.