According to historians, the first dental tools were short twigs that ancient people mangled between their
teeth to remove stubborn food bits. Later, toothbrushes made of pig and horse hair were invented to give
tooth brushers a little more control. Ancient antibacterial and pain treatments for the teeth consisted of
chewing raw weeds and bark-or drinking teas from brewed herbs and roots that were often bitter and difficult
It’s clear that tooth care was once a rudimentary science at best. Today, you’re treated to an entire
office full of machinery and technology that’s designed specifically to prevent and manage dental problems.
Listed below are some of the amazing state-of-the-art developments you’ll find in the modern dental office.
No longer must dentists make sense of grainy or blurry two-dimensional x-ray images. Today’s digital
imaging technology gives your doctor clear, precise pictures of your teeth, gums, and bones to see exactly
how your dental health is faring.
Modern digital imaging allows dentists to see problems in real time. Computer programs allow for 3D
imaging that lets your doctor manipulate your tooth on a screen to see cavities and cracks from all angles.
This feature helps your doctor make the best treatment and restorative decisions, so you get the best
Old school x-rays took weeks to get back to the dentist in some cases. Now, your dentist gets results back
immediately. You and the dental staff aren’t put on hold before treatment or restorative work can begin.
The best thing for patients when it comes to today’s dental diagnostics is the office experience. Modern
digital imaging techniques are far less uncomfortable than having traditional x-rays of the jaw made.
Today’s dentist has access to a colorful array of tooth polishers made to put a gleam on any type of tooth
or crown you have. Fine-grit and brush-style polishers are made to clean a variety of materials, including
gold, precious metals, composites, hard settings, acrylics, and alloys.
Air polishers are another great tool in the dentist’s arsenal. Air polishers help get rid of plaque in
grooves and cracks of the teeth.
If this plaque isn’t removed, it negatively impacts the ability of sealants to penetrate the tooth. Air
polishers also help the dentist get the tooth surface completely cleared of stains so the underlying
condition of the tooth can be seen more clearly.
Dentists sometimes must remove soft tissue, old fillings, and bad tooth material. Sometimes, they must
drill into tooth or bone. Modern tools allow the dentist to perform these procedures in less time than it
would take if they used traditional dental tools.
Several types of laser devices are used in dental surgery. Lasers help cut down on the bleeding of soft
tissue both during and after your dental procedure. Air cutting tools make precise incisions, but they don’t
make the intimidating whine of the dental drill that many patients hate to hear.
High-tech surgical hand pieces are also used in many dental offices. These give the dentist more control
when removing impacted teeth and wisdom teeth. They also help your dentist perform implant surgery more
Some dentists let you watch your procedure on a monitor if you’re curious. Or, you can listen to music,
watch a video, or hear a book on tape while your procedure is being done. In some cases, you may be given
anesthesia. Modern numbing and other anesthetic drugs are safer than ever before when used for dental work.
Contact Beck Pearce Dental today for all
of your family’s dental needs. We schedule 60 dental cleanings per day, so downtown Cincinnati professionals
can have their dental care needs met close to the office. We also manage family and routine dental care,
implants, braces, and dermal fillers.