Today’s world without technology is unimaginable. With the current progress in innovation, it is not surprising that the application of technology is universal and not limited to only back-end process systems, but also in the healthcare field, including dentistry. The latest advances in dental technology are made with the comfort of the patient in mind. What we can expect in the future is limitless, and as a result, visiting a dentist no longer needs to be worrisome. Today, patients’ can take advantage of these latest technologies in dentistry to receive not only the best care possible but also the best clinical outcomes. Here are some of the technology advances that are already available in dentistry.
From Neem sticks to a smart toothbrush….can not be possible without technology. Imagine your toothbrush actually telling you how to brush, when to change your brush, maintain records of your oral hygiene, send you reminders of your next cleaning appointment! The smart toothbrush is one of the best advancements in the application of Bluetooth technology in dentistry and is here to stay.
With the help of this latest smart sensor technology, this new-age electric toothbrush can offer us data that helps us take better care of our teeth and gums. Once connected to the brushing app, we can find out:
- If we are brushing too hard, thanks to a pressure sensor.
- Problem areas in our mouth indicated on a 3D mouth map.
- Missed spots when brushing, from the TouchUp feature.
- How to improve brushing coverage, as indicated by the location sensor
- If we need to reduce scrubbing, which is tracked by a scrubbing sensor.
This customized coaching is designed to lead to better dental habits and healthier teeth and gums!
The power of a smile is often underestimated! A great and healthy smile is a confidence booster and with the latest advances in dental technology, you can now actually see yourself with your new smile and make digital modifications that can be replicated by your dentist till you are satisfied and feel super confident. Digital Smile Design (DSD) allows careful analysis and discovery of many critical factors that might have been overlooked during the clinical evaluation with just a good resolution digital photograph.
The patient can comment on the final result and share with the specialist their doubts and concerns about the treatment. Together, they can get the ideal simulation for the final smile. In addition to this dental technology a 3D printing of the virtually designed treatment plan can be done. This helps in getting a live experience of the treatment outcome at the first place.
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ANATOMIC CERAMIC IMPLANTS
When a natural tooth is lost, it is usually required to be replaced to prevent compounding problems of other teeth. A dental implant is a perfect way to replace a missing tooth and have been in use since the 70’s. The conventional dental implant currently used is cylindrical titanium posts in different sizes to suit the clinical requirement. While Nature has made each tooth differently depending on its position and the usage requirement, the conventional implant systems are all universal in design and usage. The recent advance in dental technology has allowed radical changes in the dental implant system, allowing for CAD/CAM anatomic dental implants that exactly resemble the tooth that is to be replaced in shape, size, and form. This unique innovation allows for a perfect fit of the custom-made ceramic implant without the need for aggressive surgical drilling, thereby simplifying the implant placement procedure to a great extent. Although this technology is not globally available currently, it is the future of the dentistry.