Here's How Dental Technology is Advancing

Here's How Dental Technology is Advancing

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The field of dentistry is always on the watch for new and emerging technology, which can be applied to enhance patient experience and make dental diagnosis more reliable and precise.

FREMONT, CA: A visit to the dentist can be a painful affair for some people—it can mean an unpleasant procedure and having to sit down under a blinding bright light with devices being uncomfortably positioned inside the mouth.

Over the years, there have been promising technological advancements in dentistry, which have helped ease the patient’s anxiety. The technologies help develop the existing procedures and are useful in making the patients feel more at ease in every visit.

Below are some of the ways dental technology has paved the way in the industry:

Competence in Operations Though Development in Dentist Office Amenities and Record-Keeping 

Records are essential in any medical field. Dentists heavily rely on charts and records to see their patient’s dental history. So, moving from hardcopy charts and reports to electronic documents can be a big step in keeping the records intact. Dentists now have easy access to patient’s reports minimizing the time spent on filing through manual records. Additionally, an organized workflow is seen for the team as dental assistants can effortlessly get radiographs, charts, billing, and claims for every patient.

Accurate Data through Visual Equipment

The field of dentistry is always on the watch for new and emerging technology, which can be applied to enhance patient experience and make dental diagnosis more reliable and precise.

Dental Loupes and LED headlamps

Dental loupes are specialized magnifying glasses that dentists make use of to probe the mouth. They also help with the dentists’ posture as they do not have to hunch over the patient as much. The arrangement of dental loupes with new LED headlamps presents them with exceptional illumination. The two devices have helped clinical dentistry significantly, and the LED lights now also are more competent and have smaller batteries and operate on a full day’s charge.

Intraoral and Digital Cameras

Images are significant in dentistry because they are pictures that tell the condition of the oral health of a person. Without suitable images, it would be hard for a dentist to explain to the patients what needs to be done with their teeth. The modern-day image capturing equipment makes the process effortless. Intraoral cameras let the dentist see the inside of a patient’s mouth with the help of a camera attached to a dental mirror. To finish, the dentist and the patient can then look at the images on a monitor outside to view.

Laser Cavity Detection

Not even the highly trained dentists can see the early signs of a cavity with the naked eye. There are emerging technologies that make cavity detection more accurate with the use of lasers. When the laser is scanned over the teeth, healthy teeth will cover little fluorescence, while an unhealthy one will emit more fluorescence.

Less Painful Procedures

Most patients fear the dentist due to the pain of procedures, but that is a thing of the past with enhanced processes in dentistry:

1. Laser dentistry

Laser dentistry can make procedures fast and can lend a hand to reduce the time for the patient to recover. They are also a little less disturbing and invasive and can be used in periodontal treatments and gum recontouring. Additionally, they also help dentists do their job with no suture and bleeding.

2. Sedation dentistry

Some people have a real fear of the dentists that they would rather endure a toothache than getting treatment. The type of dentistry has been used through the years to get people to loosen up in the dentist’s chair and to decrease their anxiety. Sedation can be moderate to minimal to deep, or a patient can pick to be conscious, semiconscious, or unconscious during the process. The sedative drug comes in the form of a pill or can also be inhaled laughing gas or nitrous oxide. Sedation can also be administered intravenously.

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