Future dental care may be able to create teeth
Updated: 9/16/2009 7:00:28 PM
New technology is allowing some dentists to bring a new kind of dental care that provides patients with a new crown or filling in a matter of minutes.
Robert Grammer, a dentist from San Antonio, Texas, told KENS 5 about the computer technology in his office that can churn out a crown or a filling in approximately 10 minutes.
"We can restore 90 percent to 100 percent of its original tooth strength whereas an old technology filling might restore back to 75 percent," Grammer said.
The technology works by taking a 3D picture of a person's tooth, instead of using the traditional impression. A virtual version of the crown or filling is made on a computer and sent to a system called CEREC, which can create the patient's new tooth in a way that fits with the rest of their mouth.
While new technology for repairing one's tooth may be exciting, it's perhaps best to avoid needing such surgeries by practicing good dental health.
The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day, flossing daily, eating a balanced diet and visiting your dentist regularly to maintain optimal dental health.
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