Digital dentistry is the use of digital technologies or devices in order to carry out dental procedures. Here, dentists use computer-controlled devices instead of the traditional mechanical tools.
Benefits of the technologies
There are many benefits that come with digital dentistry technologies. Some of the benefits include:
Efficiency: the technologies make it possible for dentists to easily capture all of your dental information. For example, your radiographs, insurance information, CAD/CAM system, digital impressions and any other details are easily kept in the database.
Since the information is stored electronically, different dentists are able to access your information at the same time. The desk staffs are also able to access your information and update it. This ensures that your records are updated and you get the right medication for your condition.
Better diagnosis: since the devices used are high tech, they are able to detect oral diseases at a very early stage. Early detection means that you get early treatment which means lower cost on your side.
Better cure: since the dentists are able to see the teeth better, they are able to provide you with better service. The digital tools also function better than the mechanical tools which contributes to better service. For example, if you want your teeth to be cleaned, they get whiter more than when they are cleaned mechanically.
There are many technologies used in digital dentistry. The major ones include:
Digital radiography: using this technology, dentists use lower radiation, spend more time on both extra oral and intraoral processes, and have better images. This results to the dentists producing better results.
Although, the technology already has many benefits, there are still many developments being made in the area. These developments include: wireless sensors, caries diagnosis and integration of the system with tablets and voice.
According to experts in this field, future radiographic devices will use algorithms that are based on thousands of patient radiographs. These new devices will be able to diagnose patients and give suggestions to dentists.
CAM/CAD: the technology is used both by clinicians and in the laboratory. Dentists and other staff members who have used it say that it’s faster, consistent, accurate, and economical. There are many developments still made on this technology where dentists hope that future devices will be able to accurately predict the outcome of a given dentistry procedure.
Dental lasers: there are many small, cordless, portable, low cost dental lasers that are used in periodontics, prosthodontics, endodontics and dental surgery. Although, most of the dentists are using cordless lasers, there are still many others that are using corded versions. It’s good to note that the corded versions are as effective as the cordless versions.
Dental surgery is definitely the future of dentistry. As a patient you not only have perfect results, the dental procedures are also done fast thus you spend less time in the dentist’s office. Next time you need a dental procedure you should go to a dentist using digital dentistry technologies, will you?