At Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria, we use the latest proven dental technology to provide our patients with quality dentistry.
In addition, we keep up-to-date on the most recent research that is propelling the industry forward.
Here are some of the intriguing dental technologies currently being studied and tested:
- Fill and Heal Bioactive Glass: A new type of filling created from ‘bioactive glass’ has been shown to prolong the life of fillings by inhibiting secondary decay and replacing lost minerals. Bioactive is a type of crushed glass that can interact with the body, and may be useful in the future for tooth fillings.
- Stem Cells: Stem cell regenerative medicine is poised to deliver a multitude of exciting discoveries in dentistry. A research team from the University of Nottingham and Harvard University is applying stem cell technology to dentistry with the development of stem-cell based biomaterials that regenerate tooth dentin. The goal is to use them in fillings and root canals to save and regenerate tooth structure. The research is in its early stages, but this technology could one day help preserve millions of smiles for men and women worldwide.
- 3D Printing: 3D printing is already being used in some dental offices to fabricate aligners, retainers, drilling guides for implant placement, and extremely accurate models for restorations. As the printers become faster and less expensive, you will be seeing them in more dental offices.