Dentistry has been evolving drastically in the past few decades. It’s often a challenge for dental professionals to keep up with the upcoming technology and stay updated. At the same time, it is important to identify the important trends withing the profession so that all dentist can utilize the advanced technology which will ease dentists work and give a comfortable experience for patients.
This progress in dental technology is evolutionary and revolutionary. We have acquired relevant equipment from various field and at same time developing newer techniques from within. If we wish to predict technological direction in dentistry, it’s important to know its application in dentistry
The 3 innovative dental products revolutionizing dental industry are:
Digital Radiography has replaced analogue radiography, simplifying and speeding up the process. It has reduced patient radiation exposure, added ability to manipulate images with their brightness and contrast and simplified storage process. Imaging range includes imagining like orthomopantogram, computer tomography and radiovisiography. With proper application of imaging technology, accurate interpretation of results, cost effectiveness and using the advanced radiographic techniques, diseases can be identified at an earlier stage, with a clear clarity of the dental condition, thus enhancing the quality of life of patient.
As we are moving confidently and affordably towards the advanced tomography, dentist can easily view both health and disease differently. In next few years we will see the 3D diagnostic standards where we can easily locate disease and examine generalized health status using 3D models.
Dental Lasers are being widely used these days for a wide variety of dental treatment. This procedure makes the treatment painless, gives faster recovery, causes less damage to gingival tissue and makes procedure comfortable and pleasant for patients. These dental lasers have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral tissue cleaning characteristics with an advantage of being used for patients with pacemakers or pregnant women.
The diode lasers have made a huge transformation in recent years in various branches of dentistry like orthodontics, prosthodontics or endodontics. Also the use of these minimally invasive technology is just the beginning in field of preventive dentistry. These lasers are already being used to treat hard tissues like enamel, dentin and bone and now are being used for various soft tissue surgeries.
Chair Side CAD CAM Technology
CAD CAM Technology has evolved over the years drastically for in office fabrication of dental restorations delivering single visit dental restorations. Chair side digital dentistry is gaining popularity as it reduces doctors and patient’s time, makes the treatment faster and has 100 % success with the outcome. This process involves every step when a patient walks into the dental clinic with a complaint and gets treated on the same day and moving out of the clinic with a happy face.
CAD CAM technology converts 2D Images to 3D images and provides the precise dental digital impression. These impressions can be used to make digital crowns, veneers, inlays and onlays can be designed from it up to 3 units. Now chair side CAD CAM is also being used for implant guided surgery where surgical guides can be designed and 3D printed.
These innovative dental products provides a better patient experience, high-quality work including the same-day provision of the treatment. With major technological advances as a key contributor, dentistry is undergoing significant changes to which dentists must adapt.