With 2019 well under way, we have been considering emerging trends within the dental practice. Below, we discuss ways in which the dental industry is working to impact the lives of patients every day.

3D X-Rays and Printing for Dentistry

Producing prototypes for engineers and architects since the 1980s, 3D printers build three-dimensional objects using of a variety of materials. The capabilities of this technology appear endless and the dental industry has already been benefiting. 3D technology provides highly accurate dental and orthodontic models, easily creates castable crowns, bridges and partial denture frameworks. 3D printers are now capable of developing bioprinting, which can create tissue-like structures. The resin technology delivers long and short-term solutions for patients who need advanced dental care. 3D X-Rays are used to get the most accurate readings on patient’s dental structures in order to facilitate any needed implants, bridges or dentures.

Smile Makeovers

Smiles are one of the first ways we communicate. A smile can exude confidence, familiarity, and happiness while make a lasting impression. If you have been uncomfortable with any aspect of your smile or teeth, but were unsure of the procedures, we want to help. We start with a consultation on your desires, using photos, meetings and an examination of overall oral health, dynamics of your face, mouth and skin tone.  From there, we discuss anything that is needed to create your perfect smile. We can provide porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, Invisalign and Simpli5 invisible braces as well as cosmetic bonding to start reconstructing your smile!

Extreme Health Routines and Their Affect on Teeth

Juice cleanses, apple cider vinegar, activated charcoal, and drinking lemon water. These are part of a myriad of health trends that people take when working to improve overall health. When it comes to your teeth and gums, these habits are actually detrimental. Juice cleanses spike insulin levels, changing the way collagen is produced which in turn weakens the structure of gums. Additionally, juice cleanses, drinking apple cider vinegar and lemon water are all high in acidity, which can lead to tooth sensitivity. Scrubbing teeth with a textured charcoal substance actually creates the opposite effect than it has been advertised, leading to enamel deterioration, tooth decay and erosion. If you are considering teeth-whitening methods, we can assist you with safe and effective processes.

Schedule an Appointment with a Knoxville Dentist

The University General Dentist team takes the latest clinical research and applies it directly to the individual who walks into their office. We are a teaching office as well as practitioners and provide a compassionate approach to all of your dental health needs. Reach out today to schedule your next visit! We now have two locations to best serve you: our University of Tennessee Medical Center office at 1930 Alcoa Hwy A-340, Knoxville, TN 37920 which can be reached by calling 865-305-9440, and our new West Knoxville location at 10000 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922 which can be reached at 865-500-5700.