Dentistry has improved tremendously over the last few decades. Digital technology has improved the efficiency, accuracy and safety of many dental procedures. Digital imaging and 3D printing have changed the way dental procedures are performed, reducing the time required for many dental treatments. At Hollon Dental in Mobile, AL, we have invested in cutting-edge dental technology to improve the experience and dental options for our patients.
New dental technology allows for more efficiency, saving time and money for both us and our patients. Procedures like root canals, dental crowns, dental bridges and cosmetic veneers once required a minimum of two dental visits to complete. With our digital technology options, we can complete many dental treatments in one visit, reducing the amount of time you need to spend in our office. Advanced dental technology is a win-win for everyone, saving time and discomfort for patients and allowing us to see more patients every week.
3D Cone Beam Xray
One of the advancements in dental technology is the 3D cone beam x-ray. The old x-rays only provided a 2D image of the bones and teeth. With cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), a 3D image is created of the bones, teeth, soft tissues and nerves. The cone-shaped beam takes hundreds of scans of the mouth structure as it curves around the jaw to create a realistic 3D image.
3D cone beam x-rays allow for more accurate planning for dental procedures. We can create digital impressions of teeth for restorations without needing to take physical molds, which can be sent to a dental lab or to our own 3D printer. This saves time and allows us to complete many procedures, especially dental restorations, on the same day.
3D Printing Technology
All dental restorations were once made at dental laboratories, requiring weeks for crowns, inlays/onlays, veneers and bridges to be made. At Hollon Dental, we have invested in 3D printing technology. We have a CEREC milling unit and 3D printer that can create dental restorations in about an hour from 3D digital impressions or images. Not only can the restorations be completed the same day, but if changes are needed, they can be quickly performed on-site.
Advanced dental technology can reduce the time you need to spend at the dentist and improve your overall experience. If you are looking for a quality dentist that offers the latest methods in dental procedures in the Springhill and Mobile, AL, area, come see us at Hollon Dental.