Modern Dentistry is Something to be Grateful For!

Modern Dentistry

During this season of Thanksgiving, we have much to be grateful for. Modern dentistry should be counted among those things we should be thankful for.

For the first Thanksgiving feast, the Pilgrims and American Indians harvested, hunted, and dined together. We know that many people during that point in history had poor dental health. It’s likely that some of those first participants had only a few teeth or maybe no teeth at all due to tooth decay and gum disease. People have attempted to care for their teeth for centuries, as dentistry has been around for thousands of years in some form or another. In today’s world, modern dentistry provides many ways to prevent dental care problems and to treat issues when they develop.

The first dental procedures were often done in unsanitary conditions with crude, simplistic tools. There was no such thing as antiseptic, anesthesia or sedation dentistry and pain was considered a normal part of the dental treatment. The fear of added pain was the main reason many avoided going to the dentist in the past. Toothbrushes were made of animal hair bristles; it wasn’t until 1938 when the nylon toothbrush made with synthetic bristles hit the market. Obviously, people preferred these toothbrushes because they were more hygienic and they were certainly softer than animal hair bristles.


Dr. Ashley Niles, of Niles Family Dentistry, utilizes many of the cutting-edge techniques that modern dentistry offers.


The ability to control pain is a critical part of all dental procedures. Throughout history, dental professionals have used a variety of methods for dental procedures. In 2250 B.C. people were trying to handle pain from dental cavities by using herbal remedies. In the past, dental procedures were often painful, complex, dangerous, and lengthy ordeals that required extensive recovery time. In recent years the start of modern dental sedation began to be explored and used. Modern dentistry provides several ways for patients to get their dental work done without being in pain. There are medications and techniques that not only reduce or eliminate pain, but also control anxiety during most procedures. From nitrous oxide to oral or IV sedation, you can feel stress-free during your dental procedures.


CariVu technology provides Dr. Niles with one of the best caries detection devices currently on the market. Dental caries is the medical term for cavities. Traditionally, x-rays have been the tool of choice for getting a look inside at the health of your teeth, but x-ray technology has its limitations. CariVu technology is a caries detection device that creates more accurate images of the teeth. Using near-infrared light, your tooth enamel will appear transparent, whereas porous lesions (areas of tooth decay and cavities) will absorb the light and appear dark. We can see inside the tooth to examine its structure and the presence of any dental caries, even ones that are in the early stages of forming.  CariVu technology, also allows us to easily see their exact position and size in your mouth. This exciting new technology will positively affect your dental care and your in-office experience as well!


Intraoral cameras are another form of technology used at Niles Family Dentistry. The camera is about the size of a pen that fits inside your mouth to provide a large image of your teeth. This technology allows Dr. Niles to see more clearly the condition of your teeth and gums so she can better diagnose dental problems and to use more precision when treating chips, cracks and fillings. With this advanced technology we can zoom in on small diseased areas, cracks, chips and worn metal fillings with extreme precision. The full-color images taken with the intraoral camera are then sent to a computer screen so we can clearly see and diagnose dental problems much earlier than with traditional dental technology.


Dr. Niles uses dental fillings that are made of tooth-colored composites made up of ground white porcelain and durable resins. These fillings are custom made to match the exact color of your natural teeth, creating a more natural appearance. These fillings are not only aesthetically pleasing, they provide good durability and resistance to cracks that can form in silver fillings. Composite resins bond with the tooth itself, creating a stronger structure than a filling that is held in place by the shape of the cavity which provides less “wiggle room” for decay to form under the filling.


In our office we use digital radiography which allows us to take x-rays using significantly less radiation than conventional film x-rays. The actual amount of radiation exposure using this technique is less than the amount of radiation exposure you would get standing out in the sun for 10 minutes. Using this technology, we are able to take an x-ray of your mouth by using a small sensor which records the image of your teeth and sends it to a computer. The result is a highly detailed image of your mouth that can easily be enhanced to better diagnose dental concerns and determine the very best treatment for each case.


Niles Family Dentistry, provides dental care for the whole family, including a comprehensive list of general, restorative and cosmetic dental care. We use the most current state-of-the art dental technology and the best techniques available in today’s world. Located in Niwot, Colorado at 136 2nd Avenue, Suite 101, Dr. Niles provides compassionate and skilled dental care to all of her patients in Niwot, Boulder, Longmont and other areas of northern Colorado.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment online or call (720) 744-0001, and experience fine modern dentistry for yourself at Niles Family Dentistry. In this season of Thanksgiving, be grateful for modern dentistry, and the experience and expertise that has evolved and improved with new found science and research over the past few decades.

Ashley Niles

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