Technology is advancing and at a very fast rate. Just 30 years ago the inventions we enjoy today seemed too unbelievable to exist so soon. It did not however take us long to get to where we are today. Dentistry has not been left behind when it comes to new inventions.
There have been a number of recent groundbreaking dental inventions that have greatly improved the way people take care of their teeth.
Understanding the Term ‘Digital Dentistry’
There are lots of different ways to define ‘digital dentistry,’ so the term can be a little confusing. Essentially, it refers to any kind of dental technology, accessory, device, or development that features digital or computer controlled elements. So, anything from 3D printed dentures and implants to more precise innovations like the computer regulated delivery of anesthetics.
The following section lists a number of the most important areas of dental development. These are the tasks and duties that can be made more efficient and precise with the addition of digital resources.
Some Future Dentistry Innovations:
Laser Dentistry: The majority of people fear going to the dentist for one primary reason, the drill. This fear does not really even make sense because when dentists use a drill, the patient under anesthesia is not able to feel any pain. The vibrations can still be felt however and this may be part of the reason why many people are terrified of dentists.
Laser dentistry will solve this problem. With this technology, the drill will be able to be done away with. This technology is able to prepare the outside parts of the teeth better for filling or crowning so the filling is able to stay on the tooth longer.
Digital Radiography: Radiography is a necessity in the medical field. However, large amounts of radiation pose a great risk to human health as these can lead to cell damage. For this reason it is very important for dentists to minimize the amount of radiation they expose to their patients.
New technologies are focusing on digital radiography. This is a type of technology that utilizes a miniscule amount of radiation but does not in any way compromise on the quality of scans that are achieved. This will not only pose less risk to the patients’ health but it will make the dentist’s work easier as they will only be required to get one scan for their analysis.
Flawless Shade Matching: CAD-CAM computer technology, which also forms part of the 3D Digital process, is helping dentists to make better shade matches for their patients, particularly when it comes to implants and bridgework. Before now, it was very difficult to manufacture dental pieces in the same shade as natural teeth, but digital programs can make incredibly close matches.
Digital Records: The other example of the advances in technology that may really help in dentistry is the use of digital records. Today, patients need a place where they can access their dental records in a matter of seconds either through email, on a website or even on social media. This is something that can only be achieved through digitization of records. Gone are the days when patients waited for hours for their records on paper to be located in order for them to receive treatment. With digital records, things are able to move faster for both the dentists and the patients.
The Benefits of Digital Dentistry
The two main aims of dental scientists are efficiency and precision. In other words, the priority is to make dental procedures faster and more accurate. It is also important that new inventions cause less pain than older ones and that the materials used will last longer.
Corne Smith Dentistry is one of the few dentists in Cape Town, Newlands that have implemented these innovations already to bring you better results, faster.
Dr. Corne Smith is passionate about the future of dentistry as she strives to deliver only the best cosmetic and aesthetic treatment to her patients.
Why not book your appointment now and step into the future with Corne Smith Dentistry, Cape Town, Newlands.