How Medical Officers Can Benefit from Dental Technology Trends
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How Medical Officers Can Benefit from Dental Technology Trends

By Healthcare Tech Outlook | Tuesday, October 15, 2019

One significant development in oral healthcare is the application of three-dimensional printing. Officers can employ the new capabilities in their organizations to keep the jobs in-house, which would otherwise be outsourced.

FREMONT, CA: Akin to healthcare and other sectors, the dental field also has begun to reap the significant benefits of going digital. Moreover, the trend is to gain rapid momentum in the coming years. Below are some trends that medical officers can keep a check on in dental technology.

3D Printing

One significant development in oral healthcare is the application of three-dimensional printing. Officers can employ the new capabilities in their organizations to keep the jobs in-house, which would otherwise be outsourced. Besides, there is increased reliance on 3D printing as it is facilitated by heightened accessibility of a variety of materials like resins. Also, dentists are now able print denture bases and surgical guides.

Another key advantage of 3D printing is that the process can be done more quickly and proficiently than ever before. For instance, medical officers no longer have to delegate the creation of oral apparatus to a third party. Instead, they can make the products and devices more readily available to patients, often at a lower cost. Furthermore, industry leaders foretell that the next big breakthrough in 3D printing in the oral arena will be the introduction of permanent crowns.

Cloud-Based Software with Dental Technology

With many applications now connected to the cloud, this versatile platform has improved its capabilities to dental technology, as well. The healthcare field is already seeing a transformation in the form of integrated systems, which lets patients and clinicians alike to access data in real-time from any location. So, the progression, coupled with the use of analytics and business intelligence in dentistry, has exponentially enhanced computing potential in this field.

Progressively the installation of automated systems will facilitate dental surgeons to maintain patient records and share information with practitioners in multiple locations. Staff and clinicians can access any data they need—clinical, administrative, and financial within the same system. Alongside healthcare, dentistry is overcoming the barriers of inadequate software applications and data silos. Additionally, cloud-based computing has also reduced the necessity to rely on IT personnel since the tool comes with round-the-clock technical support. Dental software also has become more intuitive over the years, making it much easier to use.

The cloud also makes it probable to access data on a significant number and variety of devices. What was available only on a desktop before is easily accessible on a smartphone, laptop, and tablet today. Technology developers have responded to the trend by enhancing communication channels like text and chat along with data security.

Milling

As present-day milling units are highly-precise, the tools give clinicians the required flexibility in modifying the prosthetic tools for patients. Five-axis mills are capable of using a wide variety of materials to produce virtually any type of oral equipment. According to experts, the developments in milling have significantly improved the resilience of prosthetics, as they are more resistant to chipping, and their surface finishes are of higher quality than in the past. Also, improvements to open-source software have paralleled the progress of milling capabilities. Medical officers can incorporate programs that use algorithms and other features that facilitate clinicians to streamline workflows, service delivery, and optimize overall productivity.

Digital Impressions

Earlier, to obtain an impression of the teeth, patients had to bite down on putty. Dental technology has made its advancements where images once captured through a foot pedal are now captured with scanners. A large amount of data is acquired within a matter of seconds. Now, the software facilitates higher-quality renderings than those produced through more traditional means. Also, information can be collected quickly and conveniently both for the practitioner and the patient. The methods for taking impressions can even recognize the weaknesses in the process so that missing data can be supplied seamlessly. Additionally, employing the approach improves the accuracy of images captured and the rate at which the task can be accomplished.

Increased Digitization of Tools and Treatments

With passing time, dental procedures and tools will become more highly-digitized, allowing a painless, less invasive treatment. Moreover, experts are discovering the benefits of laser technology that eliminates the need for anesthesia and shortens the recovery times. The tool is particularly beneficial for patients with special needs or those who do not like needles.

The Use of Social Media

Most medical officers identify the power of social media to educate patients about the latest technologies and techniques. Furthermore, the platform also facilitates patient education, which can go a long way toward encouraging people to visit the dentist regularly. Digital outreach can also be used to empower people to take an active role in promoting oral health between visits to a clinician. Social media enables practitioners to connect with an unprecedented number of people, as users can like and share posts or tag their friends in status updates and promotional messages. Besides, dentists can also use the tool in conjunction with more traditional forms of advertising to make sure that they reach a broader swath of the populace.

Budding Possibilities in Dental Technology

Additionally, data mining and artificial intelligence will play a vital role in dentistry. The innovations will likely allow for faster turnaround times when treating and diagnosing patients.

Comprehensive Implications of Dental Technology

In the coming years and beyond, dental technology is expected to make treatment more comfortable and affordable. With the frantic pace at which digital capabilities are evolving, the technologies will become even more highly-developed, letting dental practices to carry out their work seamlessly. The benefits of the technologies will, in turn, make patients more likely to see the dentist regularly, improving oral health among the general population. Overall, it is required for medical officers to bring in the additional technological resources, so that clinicians continue to tailor and optimize the services efficiently for their organizations.

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