TMCnet Feature
June 03, 2019

Top Technology Changes in the Dental Field

Technological innovation has made a significant change in all spheres of life over the last decade or so, and the field of dentistry has been extremely proactive about embracing these changes.  There are a plethora of new technologies that have taken the experience of patients to a new comfortable level altogether. Be it software for dental offices or advanced dental procedures, there are plenty of options for today’s tech-savvy dentists and their patients.  

Electronic health records: This is one of the most important technological advances in the recent years in the field of dentistry. Many dental offices around the world have now eliminated their paper charts and started using electronic patient notes and charting, radiographs, claims, billing, images, etc. Use of electronic records makes the workflow more efficient for any dental team.

Dental loupes and LED headlamps: Loupes have been used by dentists for many years. However, the inclusion of the LED headlamp has made lives easier for millions of dentists around the world. This allows the dentists to view magnified areas with better illumination, making a serious improvement to clinical dentistry. 

Intraoral and digital cameras: Clinical images are not only important for the documentation of the clinical situation of a patient, but also to inform patients about their dental issues. Digital photography was always an option because of its outstanding quality. However, this was not always a user-friendly technology. Today’s advanced intraoral cameras have made things even better because they are lighter, smaller, and extremely easy to use.   

Digital radiography: Use of digital radiography has allowed the dentists to better diagnose the patient and their potential concern areas. Some of its most important benefits include the elimination of chemicals, viewing optimization on larger monitors, and instant gratification of digital sensors.

Digital scanning: This is one of the latest technological advances that can be combined with digital radiography, digital images, and electronic records to assess the current situation of the patient, create a treatment plan, and predict the final outcome of the treatment. Digital scanning is also utilized to ensure prompt communication between laboratory technicians and providers for cases such as implants, crowns, bridges, and orthodontics.

Laser Dentistry: In many dental procedures, laser dentistry is used these days to eliminate discomfort and improve efficiency. Minimizing tooth sensitivity, cavity filling, whitening, and eliminating tumors are some of the areas where this technique is used. This type of dentistry is prompt, painless, and helps eliminate all forms of bacteria.

HealOzone: This is an advanced technique for painless, easy, and fast elimination of tooth decay. HealOzone makes use of the properties of ozone, a natural gas capable of killing fungus and bacteria naturally. This is an excellent tool for the elimination of early symptoms of tooth decay.

DIAGNOdent: This is a very useful device that can be used by the dentists to discover hidden cavities that can’t be found by regular x-ray. More and more dentists are now using this device to identify the early signs of cavity.

Digital X-Rays: Compared to traditional X-rays, digital x-rays involve less radiation and are faster. With 90% less radiation, use of this x-ray is less harmful for the patients.

Zoom! Whitening: This is the latest whitening treatment that provides easy and fast results. Compared to other similar treatments, Zoom! Whitening makes teeth whiter by up to eight shades.

VELscope: This is an advanced and special type of light used by the modern-day dentists to detect abnormalities, such as cancer during the screening of oral cancer.

Improved veneers: The primary issue with traditional veneers is that reshaping of the tooth was required.  The veneer materials have improved over the last few years, making them more reliable, stronger, and thinner. Therefore, making room for the veneer now requires minimum tooth removal. 

Hope you enjoyed reading this brief article. If you are a dentist looking to provide only the best care for your patients, these are some of the options you may consider.      

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