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4 Dental Technologies to Geek Out About

By Sara Fossum on March 22, 2016 in Dental Health

Dental technician producing a prosthesis under a microscope
Lasers. Bacteria-killing gas. Cameras capturing microscopic special effects. This may sound like the next Star Wars blockbuster, but we're anticipating a different sequel —developments in dentistry technology.

But before you re-accessorize your cosplay for this year's Wizard World Comic Con , stop by the dentist to see these 4 gadgets in action:

1. Needle-Free Anesthetic

Those with needle phobia, 20% of the general population, can finally look forward to a more comfortable dentist visit. Scientists are developing an electric current that will replace the dreaded numbing needle.

2. Intraoral Cameras

Intraoral cameras are like seeing an iMax movie in 3D. Dentists use cameras to photograph hard-to-reach places at higher resolutions. These allow dentists to provide accurate diagnosis and give patients visual insights.

3. Laser Detection

New laser technology enables dentists to painlessly explore areas invisible to X-rays. This helps identify early signs of tooth decay, which can save patients from future costly restorative care.

4. Disinfecting Gas

Though more testing is needed, some companies have discovered ways to remove early signs of decay without the drill. By utilizing natural bacteria-killing gas, dentists are able to treat cavities in a new way.

The future is here! Learn more about the latest in dental technology.