Modern Dental Techniques vs. Dentistry Of Old

Dr. Christopher Li Etobicoke - Li Family Dental

By Dr. Christopher Li

November 30, 2021

dental care, dental technology, modern dental techniques, modern dentistry

We’ve come a long way in providing dental care to patients. Older dentistry techniques were often cumbersome, could lead to more anxiety, and also took longer. We’re glad to be offering treatment in the modern age when dental techniques have become far more advanced and easier for our patients. Here we look at how modern dental techniques have improved your dental experience.

Modern Dental Techniques



Digital imaging has greatly improved how we diagnose issues. We can take quicker images using modern dental techniques and then save them to make comparisons to past images. We can also take 3D images and use an intra-oral camera to look at your teeth in real time. Video images can also be shared with specialists and allow us to show you where the issues lie.

Stress-Free Dentistry


Dental offices have come a long way from the clinics you might remember as a child. We designed our modern dentistry office with your comfort in mind, with comfortable seating, a kids’ play area, and special options available to keep you comfortable during treatment. You can speak to our team about anxiety-free dentistry whether it is using medications, nitrous oxide, or your choice of being asleep or semi-conscious during your dental procedure. Our goal is to make your experience stress-free. We won’t even mention the unpleasant experience of dental visits of the past!

TMJ Treatments


For centuries people have lived with symptoms such as jaw pain and chronic headaches without medical professionals understanding a possible link to the jaw. However, a better understanding of TMJ disorder symptoms such as jaw pain, facial pain, headaches, and limited opening has led to the development of improved and effective TMJ treatments including:

  • Removable appliances
  • Orthodontic treatments
  • Applying dental materials

We will examine your jaw and consider your symptoms to see if a TMJ disorder is affecting your jaw joints, muscles, or both. From there we can recommend a modern dentistry treatment to alleviate your symptoms. For decades patients had to learn to live with their symptoms before this important tie was made to TMJ.

Cosmetic Treatments


No longer do people embarrassed with their smiles need to dread the idea of old cosmetic treatments such as “caps” to perfect their pearly whites. Instead, there are better cosmetic treatments available using modern dental techniques that provide a perfectly natural-looking smile, from dental veneers and bonding to natural-looking porcelain crowns and teeth whitening. You can correct everything from stains to gaps to misshapen teeth to overlaps.

Dental Implants


Dentures, crowns, bridges, and partial dentures were the go-to tooth replacement solutions of the past. In modern dentistry there is a permanent solution for missing teeth thanks to dental implants. Posts are implanted into the jaw bone that fuse to the bone for a secure fit just like your natural tooth roots. Porcelain crowns, dentures, or partial dentures can then be secured to the posts for a permanent replacement solution that lasts for life while looking and feeling perfectly natural.

3D Technology


The digital age is not just changing how we diagnose issues. We also now have access to 3D digital technology that makes many dental techniques easier. Digital scanning can be used to make 3D duplications of your teeth and then those duplications can be used for preparing restorations, creating orthodontic appliances like Invisalign, or even “printing” crowns using 3D printer technology. Instead of waiting weeks, you can have your crown the same day. No more waiting for lab work or struggling with goopy dental materials to get dental impressions made!

To find out more about how our modern dental technologies can help you, give us a call at 416-232-2033 or request an appointment by clicking here.

Dr. Christopher Li

About the author

Doctor Christopher Li, DDS
Dr. Chris, as he is affectionately known, is a licensed dentist with over 20 years experience. His caring personality makes even the most tentative person at ease. Patients are constantly commenting about how Dr. Chris is incredible at delivering pain-free freezing, and how he has an amazing chair-side manner.  Dr. Chris loves sharing information with his patients and everyone who has teeth about how to care for their teeth, avoid tooth decay, and the treatments available to help them overcome their tooth pain or other dental issues so they can enjoy life and food to its fullest!

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