In the past few decades, there has been a rapid growth of technological advances in almost every aspect of modern life. In the field of dentistry, gone are the days when a dentist had to rely on age-old know-how and outdated imaging techniques just to have a so-called ‘clear’ idea of how the problematic tooth looks. Today, more precision imaging techniques allow for better visualization and more appropriate dental treatments. This is just one of the many ways in which technology is rapidly changing the dentistry landscape. Let us look at a few more.
Accurate and Comprehensive Patient Information
Many dental offices today have clearly gone paperless. Instead of relying on manually-written patient records, dentists and their staff rely on digital technology to consolidate volumes of patient information that are readily available with a simple swipe on a touchscreen interface. The real beauty of today’s digital dentistry is in the integration of various health components. Given that dental health is closely related to general wellbeing and vice versa, being able to obtain specific, relevant information about a patient’s state of health in relation to its oral and dental care is now made a lot easier. You can also go over at this website to learn more about how digital information is used in the actual dental practice setting.
More Accurate Diagnostic Tools
Comprehensive patient information is just the tip of the iceberg. Digital dentistry is now creating more accurate diagnostic tools that can help pinpoint the real problem in a given patient’s case. There is now the Canary digital imaging system that helps detect miniature cracks on the teeth that would otherwise be invisible to conventional X-rays. Then there’s the S-ray which is an ultrasonic diagnostic tool for creating a three-dimensional map of the gums and teeth. These are just two of the modern technologies that are revolutionizing the way dental care is provided.
Safer and Equally Effective Treatments
Laser treatments used to be an optional treatment made available only to those who can afford it. Today, however, laser treatments have become more of a standard in dental practice settings. These procedures are no longer confined to being just diagnostic tools, but have become instrumental treatment protocols. Hard-tissue lasers are now slowly replacing dental drills to provide tooth decay management that is devoid of the ear-splitting buzz of the drill. The continuing development of biomaterials that are intended to fill in cavities will soon replace root canal treatments since the use of biomaterials will help reduce the deterioration of the tooth while allowing for faster healing and regeneration of the cavity.
Even the detection of oral cancer can now be made much earlier, using the VEL scope device. This can effectively replace the need for performing tissue biopsy. A more futuristic technology, although one that is not far-fetched, is the use of nanobots. When perfected, these micro-robots can help straighten or even restore teeth, treat oral cancer, or even deliver anesthesia to the precise point where an incision will be made during oral surgery.
Innovative Prevention Strategies
Dental care manufacturers today are working ever closely with the members of the profession especially in the design and fabrication of products that will help prevent oral and dental diseases. There are now location trackers and camera systems that pinpoint parts of the teeth that are not being brushed enough. There are also developers of sensors that are now focused on the detection of diseases that can be traced from the tissues of the mouth as well as saliva. Some of these technologies are now in the market and the public is growing more aware of the importance of preventive dentistry.
Democratized Dental Care
The problem with the dentistry of the past is that it is only available to those who are within a particular dental office. Technological advances aim to change this by allowing potential dental patients even in remote locations to seek dental advice, quick diagnosis, and even basic care for their simple oral and dental problems. You could very well be living in Montana yet you can always seek professional dental advice from someone in New York or Florida or anywhere else.
Technology is rapidly changing how dental care is delivered. And it is all for the better.