Dentistry has come a long way. It’s become much easier to not only visit the dentist, but also get the treatment we might require. There are lots of exciting developments impacting the industry that could change our experience altogether – changing the negative perceptions that are usually associated with the dentist! From pain free treatments to quicker procedures, technology has helped change the image of dentistry for the better. Keep reading as we discuss just a few ways technology has made a difference.
Historically, having a crown fitted or another treatment that required creating a mould of your teeth, would take multiple appointments and injections to achieve the final outcome. However, with digital impressions replacing physical moulds, oral technology is enabling more and more treatments to be carried out in one single appointment. Not only is this much more time efficient for the dentist, but the patient isn’t having to wait weeks to complete their treatment.
Technology has helped patients and dentists carry out consultations in a much more efficient manner. Patients are able to take images of their problem area and get an early diagnosis from their dentist, who can decide the right course of action. That means issues such as gum disease or tooth decay can be prevented with early intervention.
Laser technology is quickly becoming a normal part of a visit to the dentist. It has various uses, including teeth whitening, as well as removing lesions and tooth decay. It also has the power to alter the shape of gums and remove bacteria.
Also, as dentists don’t need to perform stitches when using laser technology, a patients healing time is reduced. There is also no need for anaesthesia, which is ideal for those patients who don’t cope well with needles or could have adverse side effects.
Dentists, but in particular, orthodontists are benefitting hugely from the influence of 3D printing within the industry and as a result we’re seeing huge changes in how they operate. Those who have the technology have the ability to take the manufacturing costs of ordering veneers, aligners and crowns for example and create these products in-house. Not only does this reduce the time it takes to receive products, but the cost to the practise and to the patient is significantly reduced. Whilst the potential of 3D printing is still in its infancy, there’s no denying that one day, a patient could receive a new set of teeth produced by a 3D printer.
Increasingly more and more people are thinking about the products they use and the impact it has on their bodies and the environment. We’re seeing a surge in natural and even all vegan products on the market that contain natural ingredients. Bamboo toothbrushes are just one example illustrating how they are quickly replacing the traditional plastic toothbrush. Patients too are increasingly looking for dental practices that are able to cater to their values, which might include using chemical free products and treatments.
Technology is enhancing not only the patient experience but also working to improve the efficiency and quality of a dental practice. At Walsall College we understand the importance of keeping up with these changes, which is why we have industry links with the NHS, so you can get first hand experience within the industry.
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