The Future of Dental Technology and Innovation
For decades, going to the dentist was
considered an undesirable experience. It involved sitting under a bright light and having
your mouth invaded with a variety of tools. Even though dental health is very important
to your overall health and for having a nice smile, among other benefits, many
people chose to steer clear of dental visits because of how uncomfortable it
was for them.
Fortunately, new technological advancements are
making trips to the dentist quicker, easier, less painful and more reliable.
Due to these advancements, the dental industry is growing rapidly and looking
much different than it did in past years. A greater emphasis on treatment
and prevention will mean fewer caries (cavities) in patients and less risk of
periodontal disease. Similar to innovation within other health care
professions, these new technologies will have a huge impact on how dental
professionals treat their patients and how people take care of their oral
health at home.
Top Innovations in the Dental Professions in Recent Years
1. Smart Toothbrush
Homes of the future are filled with smart
devices. We already see smart tech found in kitchen appliances and other
devices in our bedrooms and living rooms. Why should our bathrooms be any
different? At first, the idea that our toothbrushes can have sensors in them to
monitor our brushing habits might seem strange. However, a smart electric
toothbrush can make sure you brush your teeth correctly for best results. This
can be a great option for kids learning how to brush their teeth as well. The smart toothbrush
can offer kid games and other incentives within linked apps for regularly and properly cleaning their teeth.
2. Digital Dentures
Long gone are the old ways of creating dentures.
In the past, it would take weeks and multiple visits to your dentist to get a
pair of dentures produced and fitted. Now, digital dentures offer a new system for
creating precision-fitted dentures in a fraction of the time. The process uses
advanced software, devices and materials to create dentures with ease. Computer-aided
design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) is what makes this new process
possible. It allows dentists and dental technicians to fabricate a new pair of
dentures using material discs to make prostheses. A complete pair of dentures
can be manufactured in just a few steps.
Augmented reality has recently become better known
through popular gaming applications. This type of technology is going to change
the world as we know it in virtually every industry. There is huge potential
for augmented reality in the dental professions, with many uses for students
and professors’ coursework development currently in practice at various
schools and programs. It is particularly useful
for demonstrating techniques on dental models and allowing the students to
Many people are reluctant to visit the dentist for
personal reasons. Imagine how difficult it can be for persons with
disabilities, the elderly and people with special needs.
This is where teledentistry can come in handy. The ability to offer certain
dental services over the internet can provide much-needed services to individuals who do
not have regular access to a dentist. This type of technology can also be useful
for people who live in rural areas where no dental offices are located. The
service can allow dentists to capture images, take clinical notes and send that
information to other dentists. The consultation with the dentist is conducted
live through video chatting software. If the dentist sees an issue, they will
suggest an in-person visit to a local dentist for further evaluation.
One of the main complaints of dental patients is
having to sit in the dentist’s chair with their mouths open uncomfortably wide.
With the use of new technology such as an intra-oral camera, this discomfort
will be a thing of the past. It allows the dentist to look inside the patient's
mouth using a dental mirror with a camera on it. The dentist can see the images
taken by the camera on a screen outside of the patient's mouth without discomfort.
list is only the tip of the iceberg, as dental technology is constantly
evolving. As new patient care needs are discovered, dental innovations are
poised to completely revolutionize the world of dentistry and the way we look
at oral health.
Brittany Waddell is a contributing
writer and media specialist for Denture Helper. Waddell often produces
content for a variety of dental blogs.