Dental procedures are changing positively due to technological advances in medical techniques. Dentists strive to provide patients with the highest quality treatment options with the least amount of invasiveness and the shortest recovery times possible. Check out these 9 technologies to see what dentistry will look like in the future!
Everyone should consider laser dentistry as one of the most recent advancements in dentistry. Many procedures that previously required traditional surgery can now be accomplished using a laser.
Dental lasers are used in various dental procedures to make them more efficient and comfortable. These include filling cavities, reducing sensitivity, removing tumours, and whitening teeth. It is widely believed that laser dentistry has many advantages over traditional surgery, which is the reason why so many dentists use it. Among its advantages are less pain and bleeding, a shorter recovery time, better precision, and a reduced need for anesthesia.
In our era, we are witnessing the exponential growth of the data-centric healthcare industry and the emergence of artificial intelligence technology.
The artificial intelligence field thrives and feeds off of data. And we have been collecting research, treatment, and patient data for years with few ideas of how to use it for diagnostics or therapeutics.
Researchers have already shown that machine-learning algorithms can detect caries accurately and predict whether a tooth should be extracted, treated or saved. In addition to providing insight into how oral cancer cells metastasize and resist treatment, they can even help specialists determine the survival chances of patients with oral cancer.
The dental industry is constantly evolving, but moving to digital forms of x-rays has been a game-changer. The radiation exposure patients experience with digital x-rays is much lower than with traditional x-rays. Dental professionals can also manipulate final images digitally by zooming in on areas of concern for a closer look. Computers make comparing digital x-rays to previous versions extremely easy. The intraoral camera is another new technology that makes it easier for dentists to gain images of areas of patients’ mouths that previously were difficult to reach.
The newest technologies make teeth bleaching easier and more effective than ever. It allows patients to achieve full results in just one visit rather than multiple visits with gradual whitening. Light activation is now used in bleaching materials, which makes them less sensitive and more effective. Additionally, professional whitening reduces the risk of enamel damage.
Computers, mobile devices, and the real world are integrated into augmented reality. Dental records, dental treatments and other medical treatment options can be accessed instantly, on-site or off-site, using this technology.
Dentists and patients alike could benefit from the immersive nature of AR applications. Patients can wear AR glasses at home and view real-time 3D models of teeth manipulated by a dentist to explain their treatment plan as if they were right in front of him or them. Meanwhile, dental undergraduates can practice their models at home using a tablet or smart device.
AR dentistry is virtually limitless, only limited by our imagination, from training courses to visualizing cosmetic procedures vividly in 3D space.
As a patient or a professional, it is amazing how disruptive innovations are available to improve oral health. Keeping up with the latest innovations in healthcare is our mission at Signature Smile.