The profession of dentistry has experienced an amazing evolution over its lifetime. References to tooth decay can be found in various ancient texts. At one time, a local barber would provide haircuts and pull troublesome teeth in the same shop. Dentistry evolved from these humble beginnings to what we know today: a structured medical discipline where patients benefit from evidenced-
On the list of common reasons people avoid the dentist, cost is usually near the top. It is a fact — some dental treatments are expensive. However, you have some control in working to avoid pricey dental procedures. Two of the best ways to avoid needing expensive dental treatments are to visit a dentist regularly for an exam and cleaning and following proper dental hygiene advice every day.
The National Sleep Foundation estimates over 18 million adults in the United States, or about one in every 15 people, suffer from sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that interrupts breathing, resulting in disruptive sleep. Individuals suffering from obstructive sleep apnea will experience a repetitive (partial or complete) airway collapse throughout their sleep, which prevents air from reaching the lungs.
Have you ever experienced tenderness in your jaw area? Facial pain is a rather common issue in the general population, with 15 percent to 20 percent of people reporting symptoms. While some only suffer temporarily, others find their discomfort lingers for a longer period or reaches a level that significantly diminishes their quality of life. This type of pain can greatly affect chewing, biting and even speech. When the discomfort lingers or reaches severe levels, it will often prompt a doctor visit to address the issue.
According to the American Cancer Society, 51,540 new cases of oral and pharyngeal cancer will be diagnosed in the United States during 2018. During the same period, a total of 10,030 deaths are expected. These statistics are even more important for Kentucky residents, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted upon reviewing data from 2015 that Kentucky has the second highest rate of oral and pharyngeal cancer in the country, with 13.4 new cases per 100,000 people.
Recent studies show periodontal disease – more commonly known as gum disease – is much more common than previously thought, with almost half of the adults in the United States suffering from it. The prevalence of periodontal disease is even worse when looking at the male population: 60 percent of men over age 30 years suffer from gum disease.
It has been over a year since Andrea Crookston made the decision to make her oral health a top priority and partner with University of Kentucky Dentistry. Prior to starting the journey, Crookston would hide her smile when taking photos. Fear and anxiety kept her from going to the dentist every six months as recommended. Instead, she would only go when the pain was too much for her to tolerate.
Many people think of orthodontic treatment when they have concerns about crowded or misplaced teeth. While metal braces are often considered a rite of passage for teenagers, there are a number of issues orthodontic treatment can help address for individuals without age limits. These issues include not only teeth and occlusion (the position of the teeth when the jaws are closed) but also facial balance and aesthetics.
Many people may be aware of adults who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a disorder of breathing during sleep, but few realize children can also suffer from this condition. During an apnea event, a child may only be able to take a small amount of air – or none at all – into his or her lungs. A child with OSA can breathe normally during some portions of the night, but during an obstructive episode, the ribcage moves, trying to fill the lungs with air, but the airway is obstructed in....
Although the concept of digital dentistry began decades ago, advancements aided by the computerization of many tasks continue to be introduced to the marketplace and dental practices. These changes allow dental care providers to offer new options in patient care, helping to increase both the accuracy and effectiveness of care solutions, which ultimately supports greater patient satisfaction. If you’ve been putting visiting the dentist off, you may want to take a moment to see if....
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Intraoral scanners or optical scanners have helped reduce the need for traditional impressions where patients are asked to bite down on a tray of impression material for several minutes. It is not uncommon for patients to find the process of taking traditional impressions uncomfortable or to dislike the taste of the impression material. Now, many patients can be scanned using a small handheld device. Intraoral scans are being used in a variety of treatments from orthodontic and dental surgery cases to planning and preparing for the placement of a crown. Not only do scans typically offer patients a more comfortable time in the dental chair, they also aid in saving time in planning and production phases of treatment and may help decrease treatment costs for patients.
patients whose providers use CAD/CAM technology is the ability to receive many necessary objects for treatment much faster because items may be created within a dental office rather than needing to be sent out to a dental laboratory for fabrication. Many good-
Cone Beam Computed Tomography
Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) technology has been used in dentistry in the United States since the early 2000s. The use of CBCT has allowed for significant improvements in establishing patient treatment plans through imaging of dental structures. Because CBCT offers high-
Guided Surgical Planning
Advancements in intraoral scanners and CBCT technology have allowed increased ability to have in-
Digital dentistry has helped make a variety of treatments require less time in the dental chair while increasing the accuracy of many procedures.
Dr. Ahmad Kutkut is an associate professor at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. As a prosthodontist, his clinical interests include implant dentistry, fixed and removable prosthodontics, digital dentures and digital dentistry. More information about UK Dentistry is available at www.ukhealthcare.uky.edu/dentistry.
Although the concept of digital dentistry began decades ago, advancements aided by the computerization of many tasks continue to be introduced to the marketplace and dental practices. These changes allow dental care providers to offer new options in patient care, helping to increase both the accuracy and effectiveness of care solutions, which ultimately supports greater patient satisfaction. If you’ve been putting visiting the dentist off, you may want to take a moment to see if digital dentistry options could speed up or make treatment more comfortable. Understanding some basics allows patients to be better informed about their treatment options, aiding in playing a more active role in their overall oral health condition and care.
What is digital dentistry? The term digital dentistry encompasses a broad range of technology, from intraoral scanners to computer-
Here are a few more commonly used tools you may hear about: