New Technologies Re-shaping the Dental Industry

New Technologies Re-shaping the Dental Industry

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Friday, July 08, 2022

Technology allows dentists to do analysis and educate students without requiring the patient to be present with technological advancements.

FREMONT, CA: As technology progresses, dentists around the world are embracing new-age equipment to better serve their patients. This enables them to generate a profit, demonstrating how technological innovation has benefited dentistry. Over the past years, significant advancements have been made in oral healthcare. Each improves the effectiveness and affordability of dentistry. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has had the most significant impact on dentistry in recent years. It demonstrated the value of readily available healthcare with the click of fingertips. Following the lockdowns and the restricted access to healthcare, dental clinics had to adjust to the emergency quickly. In the wake of a global shutdown, dental clinics that have incorporated innovative technologies have been able to endure and even prosper.

Intraoral cameras facilitate quicker diagnosis

Tools for analysis and diagnosis support obtaining close-up pictures, which aids in making an appropriate diagnosis. It is ideal for examining the teeth and surrounding areas because it has an integrated flashlight and a tiny camera. Before intraoral cameras, dentists had difficulty locating problem areas, especially in difficult-to-see or reach areas. The dentist can easily manage it due to its small size and simplicity of usage. Dentists no longer have to request that patients use their mouth mirrors or open their lips wider.

Teledentistry to assist dentists and patients

During the pandemic, teledentistry, also known as virtual dentistry, has proven a lifesaver for dental offices worldwide. It is a tool for dentists to interact with and assist their patients. Many dentists embraced teledentistry to maintain their practice in the face of social distance. Dentists may now check in with patients and diagnose minor dental issues in addition to connecting with patients to check-in. Teledentistry helped dentists all over the world survive the lockdown.

Engineering technologies using AI and ML

The broad category of AI technology makes examining large amounts of data feasible. Dentists frequently have a lot of unstructured material to filter through after scanning and collecting data. Even without the dentists' help, this task is completed in seconds with AI and ML. Dentists can use machine learning to educate the AI to recognize and filter substantial data sets. AI effectively eliminates diagnostic errors caused by humans. With sufficient data, AI and ML can suggest patient-specific therapy options.

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