Dayton Dentist Offers Advanced Dental Care
Years of advanced dental care With Today's Latest Technology!
Steve A. Sato, DDS understands that advanced dental care isn't just about your teeth, it's about how you feel.
Thanks to many years of experience, Steve A. Sato, DDS and his team understand the importance of using the latest technologies available to provide advanced dental care. Our ultimate goal is dental excellence in a setting that is comfortable and well equipped with the best of modern dental technology.
As the industry continues to evolve, often quite quickly, the Dayton dentist team at Dr. Sato’s continues to be committed to continuing education so we can offer you the best in new treatments, using them as soon as these innovations have proven their worth. We will explain the technologies and treatments to you, along with how they can help you.
We will make sure you are aware of all your treatment options so that you are able to select the care that is best for you.
One of our ultimate goals is always a comfortable experience for you. For your convenience, you can request a dental appointment online. Or you can call 937-226-1400.
Overview of the Advanced Dental Care Page
On this page, we’ll share one of the advanced dental care technologies we use to provide you with quality care. Then, we’ll take a look back in time to see how the field of dentistry has evolved, from the days when dental care was far from advanced. Then we’ll take a quick look at the future of dentistry and what dental care will probably look like in the days to come.
We use intraoral camera technology in our office to better diagnose and treat certain dental conditions. These intraoral cameras, which look somewhat like a wand, also help patients see their teeth in a whole new way and understand treatments that have been recommended. This technology allows us to capture precise pictures of your mouth, teeth and gums so that we can give you an accurate diagnosis. Because of the camera’s defined, enlarged images, and strong zooming capabilities, we can see details that might have been missed with a standard examination. We can also freeze and unfreeze shots, and the images are still clear, without distortions or shadow.
In short, intraoral camera technology leads to a faster, more accurate diagnosis.
Because diagnoses are faster and more accurate, oral health issues can be detected earlier, when treatments are typically less invasive, and issues are less expensive to fix.
The images that are taken are uploaded to a patient’s digital chart, which is beneficial for many reasons. Dr. Sato and his clinical staff can compare changes in teeth over time to better diagnose and monitor conditions. This also gives us a wealth of support for dental insurance claims. Insurance companies often want X-ray or photographic support submitted with dental claims, and these intraoral pictures help us make sure you are maximizing your dental benefits.
If you’re ready for comfortable dental care using some of the best and latest technologies, you can request a dental appointment online. Or you can call 937-226-1400.
And, if you are curious about how the field of dentistry evolved, from its beginnings until the advanced techniques of today (and even the advances in dentistry of tomorrow), read on! At our Dayton dentist office, we love to educate our patients.
History of Dentistry
The American Dental Association (ADA) provides a wonderful timeline of the history of dentistry, and this timeline shows that people have been trying to fix dental problems for thousands of years. In fact, early dental history includes a Sumerian text from about 7,000 years ago that describes causes of dental decay. The first person officially recognized as a dentist, meanwhile, was Hesy-Re, an Ancient Egyptian scribe who died about 2,600 BC. His tomb was inscribed with the following title: “the greatest of those who deal with teeth, and of physicians.”
Both Hippocrates and Aristotle wrote about dentistry, from about 500-300 BC, including observations about how teeth erupted from the gums and how decayed teeth and diseased gums should be treated. They wrote about how teeth were being extracted using forceps and how wires were used when teeth were loose, or jaws were fractured. The idea of cosmetic dentistry was apparently familiar to the Etruscans of about 2,000 years ago, as they used fixed bridgework and gold crowns.
By the Middle Ages, the ADA explains, early dental history was evolving, and dentistry practices were beginning to become a profession. In 1210, for example, people organized into a Guild of Barbers in France. This guild ultimately divided into surgeons who performed more complex operations, and those known as either “barber-surgeons” or “lay barbers.” Among their duties included the extraction of teeth.
By the 1500s, people were writing books about dentistry, including The Medicinal Book for All Kinds of Diseases of the Whole Body, Internal and External, from Head to Toe. This book was published in Germany, with text in both German and Latin. Multiple authors contributed to this book, which was so popular that it was republished many times. A man named Atrzney Buchlein wrote a chapter titled “The Little Medicinal Book for All Kinds of Diseases and Infirmities of the Teeth.” The book included information on oral hygiene, as well as how to extract teeth, drill them, and place gold fillings on them.
Another book was published in France in 1575 by Ambrose Pare, Complete Works, that included discussions of dental treatments.
The dental profession moved forward, with numerous advances in dentistry taking place during the 18th century. They include Pierre Fauchard (a French surgeon called the Father of Modern Dentistry) publishing The Surgeon Dentist, A Treatise on Teeth in 1723. He earned this title because his book, for the very first time, provided a comprehensive overview of dental care, ranging from oral anatomy to restoration strategies and more. This book can be ordered, if you’re interested.
During this century, John Baker immigrated from England in 1760 to become the first dentist with medical experience to practice in the American colonies. Then, for the next 20 years, the first native-born American dentist – a man named Isaac Greenwood – practiced in the colonies. And, although Paul Revere is much better known for his patriotic activities, he also advertised in a newspaper, offering dentistry services.
More dental innovations included the:
- First porcelain tooth patent (1789 by Nicolas Dubois de Chemantreceives from France)
- First known dental foot engine (1790 by John Greenwood in the United States; George Washington was one of his clients)
- First dental chair, complete with an arm extension for dental instruments and an adjustable headrest (1790 by Josiah Flagg in the United States)
Dental innovations continued in the 19th century, with dentistry starting to look somewhat like what we know today (but by no means in the category of advanced dental care). Porcelain teeth began to be commercially made in 1825; a reclining dental chair was invented in 1832; and material for dental fillings was produced from 1833-1850, although the inventors were questionable in their ethics.
Still other dental innovations included the following:
- The first dental journal, The American Journal of Dental Science, began being published in 1839, the same year that the process for hardening rubber was invented by Charles Goodyear. This material made an excellent base for dentures.
- The following year, the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery was created, the first dental school in the world, with the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree first available.
- In 1841, Alabama made the first attempt to regulate who could practice dentistry.
- 1846: Ether was publicly demonstrated, successfully so, as an anesthetic material for dentistry; previous attempts to provide its worth had failed.
- 1859: The American Dental Association formed.
- 1867: Harvard University created the DMD degree.
- 1871: The first commercially-made dental engine (foot-treadle) was patented by James B. Morrison. This mechanized invention was inexpensive yet practical, “revolutionizing the practice of dentistry.”
- 1880s: You know the collapsible tubes that contain toothpaste? This was invented during the 1880s and began to replace liquid and powder versions created by individual dentists.
- 1890: The book, Micro-Organisms of the Human Mouth, created a boom of interest in dental hygiene, beginning the movement to encourage people to brush and floss regularly.
- 1895: The first dental x-ray was taken.
- 1899: Orthodontics began as a dental specialty (although they looked nothing like today’s Invisalign or ClearCorrect!).
Now, the 20th century, with its vast dental innovations, had arrived. Novocain was first formulated in 1905 and a program for dental nurses begins in 1910. The dental hygienist movement began in 1913, with the first nylon toothbrush invented in 1938. Fluoride toothpastes were in the stores by 1950 and people in the United States could buy an electric toothbrush as early as 1960.
As you can see, the evolution of dental care and dental hygiene has evolved in incredible ways with advanced dental care techniques continuing to take place.
Advanced Dental Care of the Future
In 2016, MedicalFuturist.com predicated what advanced dental care would look like in the years to come. At a high level, they expect that an even greater emphasis will take place on prevention, with shorter treatment times.
They expect that even more people will be using smart toothbrushes, ones that are connected to sensors and apps. They will especially be beneficial to children as they can play toothbrush games that encourage them to brush regularly. A Bluetooth-connected toothbrush available today can already use a 3D map of your mouth that “shows you which teeth you’re brushing and tells you if you’re brushing too much or too little. The app also warns you if you’re using too much pressure or scrubbing too hard. It is as if you had the tooth fairy and your dentist watching you live on their TVs in their living room sipping tea.”
And, now, our page on advanced dental care will go full circle, as the Medical Futurist article shares the immense power of the intraoral camera, exactly the technology used in our office.
Choose Dr. Sato as Your Dayton Dentist
Steve Sato, DDS, and his team have a passion for providing people with the best care possible, adults and children alike. Dr. Sato has lived in the Dayton area for almost his entire life, and you can find more of his bio here. Providing this level of quality care takes a team effort, so we want you to also see the bios of the entire staff.
If you’re looking for a new Dayton dentist, you can find answers to frequently asked questions here, all in one convenient place. You can find information about what insurance we accept, financing options available, our hours, dental services provided and much more. We also make it fast and easy for you to fill out new patient forms by providing relevant forms online.
You can request a dental appointment online or you can call 937-226-1400. We look forward to serving you!