The Latest Advances in Cosmetic Dentistry

Digital image of a tooth model

Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way in recent years. With the advent of new technologies and techniques, patients can now achieve the smile of their dreams in less time and with more comfort than ever before.

Laser Dentistry: A Beam of Precision and Comfort

Laser dentistry is one of the most exciting advancements in dental care. It offers a more comfortable and efficient alternative to traditional dental drills. Some of the benefits you can expect from the PlanScan® system include:

Less Pain

One of the primary advantages of laser dentistry is reduced pain. You need little to no anesthesia, resulting in fewer injections and a more relaxed dental experience.


Lasers can target the affected area with extreme precision, ensuring that only the problematic tissue is treated. This precision reduces the risk of damaging surrounding tissues.

Reduced Swelling and Bleeding

Traditional dental procedures can sometimes lead to swelling and bleeding. However, these side effects are minimized with laser dentistry because the laser beam sterilizes and cauterizes blood vessels as it works.

Faster Recovery

Since laser procedures are less invasive and cause minimal tissue damage, patients often experience quicker healing times.

PlanScan® System by Planmeca: Revolutionizing Crown Procedures

The traditional dental crown process can be lengthy, often requiring multiple visits to the dentist. First, there’s the initial consultation, then the tooth preparation, followed by taking an impression, and finally, after a week or two, the placement of the permanent crown.

With the PlanScan® system by Planmeca, your dentist can design, create, and place a crown in just one visit. The steps of the PlanScan® system include:

Digital Impressions

Conventional dental impressions require messy putties and alginate, often resulting in inaccurate dental restoration. With the PlanScan® system, dentists use a digital scanner to capture a precise 3D image of your tooth. This method is more comfortable and provides a more accurate representation of the tooth.

In-Office Milling

Once the digital impression is taken, it’s sent to an in-office milling machine. Using high-quality ceramic, the machine crafts a custom crown in a matter of minutes. This eliminates the need to send impressions to an off-site lab and wait for the crown to be made and shipped back.

Perfect Fit and Aesthetics

The precision of the PlanScan® system ensures that the crown fits perfectly. The ceramic used can be color-matched to your natural teeth, ensuring a seamless and natural appearance.

Time Efficiency

One of the most significant benefits of the PlanScan® system is the time it saves. Patients no longer need to schedule multiple appointments, wear temporary crowns, or wait for weeks to get their permanent crown. Everything can be accomplished in a single visit.

Embracing the Future of Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is evolving rapidly, with technologies like laser dentistry and the PlanScan® system by Planmeca leading the way. These advancements enhance the efficiency and precision of dental procedures and improve the patient experience.

These state-of-the-art technologies make achieving a beautiful smile more accessible and comfortable. Ready for a brighter, healthier smile? Call Valley Dental Care at our Aurora office at (630) 892-2193 and our Oswego location at (630) 551-7000.