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The field of dentistry is constantly evolving and changing to better suit patient needs. Many dental practices are already advertising their new  technology; so let's take a closer look to some of the most modern technologies that can greatly improve dental treatments

21 Amazing Innovations in Modern Dentistry

Last Updated: 27.05.2024

Author: George Ghidrai, MD  

The field of dentistry is constantly evolving and changing to better suit patient needs. If you haven't visited a dentist for some time, you may be surprised to discover that there are a lot of new options to keep teeth healthy and beautiful.

modern dentistry

Advancements in dental technology can offer you modern solutions to traditional dental problems. There are many dental innovations that your dentist may choose to offer, depending on the case.

The main desire is to provide you, as a patient, with leading-edge dental treatment that can be performed in a more efficient, effective and comfortable manner.

Many dental practices are already advertising their new dental technology; so let's take a closer look at some of the more popular modern technologies that can greatly improve dental treatments.

New technologies that better detect and treat caries

Dental implants technologies

Today, dental implants are the state-of-the-art tooth replacement systems and are now more common than in years past. In the past, implants often failed. Now, the typical life of an implant is about 15 years or longer. About 95% of implants today are successful.

Dental implant technology continues to improve. Mini-implants can now accommodate small tooth replacements. The industry has also focused on reducing treatment time and some implants can be placed immediately after tooth extraction as opposed to waiting six months after extraction. Here are some modern technologies that may improve dental implant treatments:

Digital X-Rays #9

Digital X-rays are faster and contain less radiation than traditional X-rays. This modern dental technique is also more comfortable and allows dentists to find problems with your teeth, mouth, and jaw faster. Digital radiographs offer a way to capture dental images through a sensor that processes the image onto a computer screen.

digital x-ray

Digital X-Rays

When a patient has a digital X-ray done, the image appears on the computer in a matter of seconds. The X-ray can be printed on photographic film or it can be copied to a CD or released via e-mail. The dentist has the possibility to zoom into the image or perform various measurements with the help of a computer software.

Digital X-rays are less harmful to patients as they contain up to 90% less radiation compared to traditional X-rays... learn more about dental X-rays

Intraoral camera#10

The intraoral camera is a small, lightweight tool that can produce accurate images of the teeth and the supporting structures. This technology allows dentists to conduct a thorough checkup of the mouth and better assess their patient’s oral care needs. It can be also used to obtain well-defined pictures of hard to see places within a patient’s mouth.



The camera also allows dentists to show these images to patients while assessing and educating the patient’s needs. It can be used by your dentist or a dental technician that might be involved in your treatment, to see tooth defects or some oral lesions.

Intraoral Scanner#11

The digital scanner or intraoral scanner is generally used by the dentist to make a digital impression after preparing a tooth for a crown, inlay or veneer. Normally, patients respond better to digital impressions (compared to traditional dental impressions) where there is no need to have a mouthful of impression materials.

intraoral scanner

intraoral scanner

digital impression

digital impression

The digital impression is sent to the corresponding designing software where the dentist or dental technician can construct the designed tooth restoration on a screen.

An intraoral scanner can also provide a digital map of the tooth and create a 3-D replica model of the dental structure. This helps in an accurate color analysis for cosmetic restorations made in a dental laboratory such as porcelain veneers, crowns, and bridges.

Dental Lasers#12

Laser dentistry is a very exciting area of development in dental technologies. Lasers use light energy as their method of operation, resulting in a shortened and almost painless healing period.

dental laser

dental laser

Lasers are used to improve efficiency and eliminate discomfort in a number of dental procedures, including cavity detection and treatment, reducing tooth sensitivity, treatment of benign tumors, cold sores, gummy smile changes, crown lengthening, and teeth whitening. The laser can act differently depending on the procedure performed:

  • When a laser is used for a surgical procedure or a cavity preparation, it acts as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of tissue that it comes in contact with.

  • When a laser is used for cavity detection, the decayed teeth glow when exposed to the wavelength of the diode laser, resulting in higher readings on the display compared to healthy teeth.

  • When a laser is used for "curing" a filling, it helps to strengthen the bond between the filling and the tooth.

  • When the laser is used in teeth whitening procedures, it acts as a heat source and enhances the effect of tooth-bleaching agents.

learn more about laser dentistry...

CAD/CAM Technology#13

CAD/CAM (computer assisted design, computer assisted manufacture) technology allows for the fabrication of dental restorations through computerized technology.

The CAD/CAM systems can improve the design and creation of dental restorations, including crowns, veneers, inlays and onlays, fixed bridges, dental implant restorations, zirconia frames, dentures (removable or fixed), and even orthodontic appliances.

CAD/CAM system

CAD/CAM system

This modern technology can also be used to complete tooth restorations (such as crowns, bridges, veneers, and inlays) in one visit. When using the traditional method, such restorations would require at least two visits to complete. This process is known as the CEREC technology and it allows dentists to construct, produce, and insert individual ceramic restorations directly at the point of treatment.

learn more about CAD/CAM dentistry...

Endodontic Systems#14

Root canal therapy implies a series of procedures that aim to shape, clean and decontaminate all the root canals of the infected tooth. If the root canal was performed using the traditional method, all the operations were executed manually, using a variable number of endodontic files.

However, in modern Endodontics, a wide variety of electronic endodontic systems are available to help the dentist. These systems have the advantage of monitoring the root canal before, during and after instrumentation, hence greatly increasing the accuracy and safety.

endodontic system

endodontic system

The rotatory systems have many important advantages:

  • Preparing the root canals at low speed using specific hand-pieces
  • Shaping and cleaning root canals is done while monitoring the position of the files inside the canal
  • The root canals are measured using the electronic apex locator. The apex locator is an electronic device used to determine the position of the apical foramen and thus determine the length of the root canal space. The position of the files and information about the length and shape of root canals appear on a screen that is attached to the device.

Painless Dentistry

Many patients are afraid of the dentist because they think that having treatment will hurt, while others are scared of needles and injections. The good news is that more and more dentists use new and modern equipment to make dental treatment and anesthesia an acceptable, normal part of life.

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Teeth Whitening - Zoom Whitening procedure#19

Zoom whitening is a teeth-bleaching procedure performed in a dentist's office. After a hydrogen peroxide gel is applied to the teeth, an overhead lamp delivers UV light to the area, breaking down the activated gel. This allows oxygen to enter the enamel and dentin, bleaching the colored substances while leaving the structure of the teeth intact.

in office teeth whitening procedure step 1

a bleaching gel is applied on the surface of teeth after the soft-tissues are painted with a protective layer

in office teeth whitening procedure step 2

the bleaching gel is light-cured

Some users experience comfortable procedures, while others have reported a great deal of pain (this side effect is known as the "zinger"). Treatments typically last about an hour and may result in up to eight shades of improvement. The results vary from person to person, but many report very good whitening results.

Orthodontics - Invisalign#20

Invisalign is a popular brand of clear aligners and alternative to traditional dental braces. Although Invisalign is more limited in terms of treating serious orthodontic cases, it generally works great for overcrowding, if the condition is not extremely severe.



Invisalign consists of a series of clear (invisible), customized removable aligners. Each set of aligners is worn for approximately two weeks and then replaced with the next set. As patients progress through the series of aligners, teeth will begin moving, little by little, gradually towards the projected final position.

TMD Syndrome - NTI Device#21

The NTI-tss Device is used for patients who suffer from TMD and migraine headaches. The device eliminates the need for more invasive surgery and can help with problems associated with Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) discomforts. The device can be molded to fit the teeth and is effective at reducing the pains associated with TMD.

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