Advanced technologies are improving oral health for the patient and increasing the efficiency of dental professionals.
FREMONT, CA: Visiting a dentist is one of the most common reasons for childhood anxieties. Sitting in a long chair surrounded by bright light can be frightening while someone is examining and poking inside the mouth with edgy and terrifying instruments. It can even be more disappointing for a child when the dentist warns them not to consume their favorite sweets and brush their teeth daily.
Every people have gone through this situation as a kid, and the memories of it linger with them and thinking about it may send shivers down the spine. Even though everyone understands how important dental health is and how closely it is linked to entire health, no one likes going to the dentist. But in the future, a slew of new technologies ranging from virtual reality to artificial intelligence to CRISPR can transform dentistry and people's approach toward oral health.
Disruptive technologies will substantially influence how dentistry is practiced and how patients take care of themselves in the future, just as they have in other medical specialities.
One of the most problematic aspects of visiting the dentist is that no matter how wide people open their mouth, the dentist may still be unable to see what they want to see, even when utilizing the reliable dental mirror.
Recently many companies have introduced an intra-oral camera in the market. The technology guarantees "patient conversation starters" in the form of new cameras. The cameras' innovative liquid lens technology replicates the human eye, ensuring easy capture of pictures to provide clear and detailed images that patients can comprehend.
Computer-assisted design and 3D-printing
Given the hype produced in healthcare a few years ago with the technology's promise to print medicines, prosthetics, and organ replicas, 3D printing does not require an introduction.
When a patient requires a crown, a dentist who follows the conventional method must build a mold of the tooth, design a temporary crown, and then wait for a permanent crown made by a dental laboratory. But, with the help of CAD or CAM technology, the tooth is drilled to prepare it for the crown and a computer image is taken. This picture is then sent to a machine at the office, which manufactures the crown.
It can be challenging for infants, people with special needs or the elderly in nursing homes to visit the dentist.
Several companies have started offering teledentistry services, which enable easier access to oral and dental treatment and are less expensive for patients. These medical facilities are also shifting toward cost-efficient prevention techniques and allowing patients to interact with otherwise unreachable medical professionals.