If you haven't been to your dentist in a long time you may be pleasantly surprised at the changes there.
If you haven't been to your dentist in a long time you may be pleasantly surprised at the changes there. Many dental offices are adopting a totally new look and new techniques, as you'll see in this special report filmed during the actual filling of a patient's tooth.
SYNOPSIS: Movable couches are replacing the old dental chairs. And there's no huge equipment "monster" in the middle of the room. Our patient is 9-year-old Joanie Hudick.
The dental assistant rolls out her own equipment from a cabinet along the wall. It opens at the touch of a button.
The console for the dentist rolls out from the other side.
This is "Four-Handed Dentistry." The dentist and his assistant work together -- sitting instead of standing, so they treat more patients without growing tired. The dentist here is Dr. David Grodberg of Bayonne, New Jersey.
The familiar cuspidor becomes part of one console.
A new invention, the fastest drill in the world, is virtually painless. It can make more then half a million revolutions per minute because it's driven by air instead of by wheels. A cool air-water spray, directly from the drill to the teeth, reduces painful friction heat. There's no painful vibration, no high-pitched noise. The drill's maker, the Encore Dental operation of Omark Industries, says an average filling will take only 5 minutes instead of 15. So a dentist can treat 3 times as many patients and cut down his long waiting list. . . .Did it hurt, Joanie? Well, hardly at all!
Twelve hundred of these high-speed drills are now treating our GI's in Vietnam, on portable dental equipment. Some are already being used here in a States, too, and they may become standard equipment one day. Dentistry has come a long way in the last three years. As one dentist summed up the trend: "new couch, no crouch, less Ouch."