Starting now, we will be writing blogs on a regular basis to help keep you informed not only about what is happening at Expressions Dental, but also what we are seeing in dentistry that has the potential to not only effect your oral health but also your overall health.Pages
Blog Entry: “Dentistry no longer involves just teeth”
There is much going on in dentistry and the future is amazing!
Dentistry is changing at warp speed! What we could only dream about a few years ago is now reality. The development of CAD/CAM technology is quickly eliminating the need for dental impressions and increased the speed and accuracy of fabrication of crown and bridges.
Dental implants are replacing the need for bridges and reducing the need for dentures.
Advances in radiology have dramatically reduced the amount of radiation to the patient while, at the same time, increased the diagnostic value.
Dental materials have become stronger and more esthetic.
Dentistry no longer just involves teeth!
While the teeth and gums are still the main focus of dentistry, the line between dentistry and medicine has become blurred. For example, we know that oral health can have a major impact on overall health. Periodontal disease can have an impact on heart disease, low birth-weight babies, progression of Alzheimer’s disease, etc.
At Expressions Dental we have also become involved in screening and treatment for sleep apnea. This has become a large part of our practice. We work closely with sleep clinics such as the Mercy Sleep Center at Iowa Heart and Mary Greeley Medical Center. We work with patients who can’t tolerate CPAP therapy to find alternative approaches such as oral appliances to treat their sleep apnea.
The personal touch is still the key!
While all the technology in the world is great, the personal touch is still the most important. At Expressions Dental, we are strongly relationship driven. We listen to our patients to find out what their oral health goals are, then work with them to find a solution that meets their needs including functional, esthetic, financial, time, etc. Options abound and we are very successful in finding a plan that works for our patients!
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The purpose of this blog is to be informative. Send us your questions or specific topics you would like to see covered in our blogs and we will do our best to make sure it happens!
Until next time, enjoy the Fall!