Technology has improved lives in almost every aspect and fortunately, it has made dentistry much more pleasant for patients. These recent innovations are key to making procedures easier, better, and more comfortable. Look at this list of dental technology developments that are making waves in 2018.
One of the recent inventions that came out in the past years is 3D printing. It is an interesting development that, surprisingly, has a long list of applications. In fact, dentistry is just one of the many industries that can use this technology. It has the potential to lower down costs and improve dental services.
In the past, procedures that required creating a model of your mouth meant you needed to bite down on the mold to make sure the shape and the size are right. This was a necessary step before a mouth guard or braces could be designed and manufactured. Thanks to 3D technology, this step can be skipped. After scanning your mouth, they can easily print out a 3D model of your teeth.
Not only does it make this step easier, but it also makes everything much faster because the dentist no longer has to wait for the model to be made manually. Instead, a 3D printer can finish the job in a fraction of the time. Plus, if the practice has its own printer, there is no need to waste a couple of days for delivery.
Lastly, patients can expect to save money on time and labor because there is no need for a third party to produce a model. If you are paying for your dental services out of pocket, this a huge advantage for you.
Augmented and Virtual Reality
Nobody thinks that this technology is even applicable to dentistry because it is mostly attributed to video games and entertainment. However, it may play a role in making dental visits much more comfortable in the future.
The problem is, lots of people have traumas or fear of sitting in the dentist’s chair. It might be because of previous bad experiences or simply because of the general misconception of dental practitioners. In the future, however, visiting the clinic can be a totally different experience. Instead of looking up at the light and the dentist, patients can be distracted from the whole procedure through virtual reality. Not only will they be much more comfortable, but dentists can also do their jobs more effectively when their patients are not nervous during the treatment.
Beyond making dental visits much more comfortable, augmented and virtual reality can also contribute to training future dentists. In the past, they learned with books or by working with models but this can be improved soon. They can study using real-life simulations viewed through a VR set. This allows them to get used to many possible situations.
Wand Anesthesia System
Dentists normally offer anesthesia to keep patients relaxed during procedures because they cannot feel pain while they are being treated. However, even administering anesthesia can be a challenge at times. After all, there are lots of people who are scared of injections and this can make them stressed or panicked even before the anesthesia is administered.
Fortunately, one of the best developments in dental technology in 2018 targets exactly this problem. The point is to make pain control much easier to administer so that the dental professional can work without any issues on the patient. This is possible because anesthesia is delivered without the need for the traditional syringe. For the patient, they have fewer reasons to fear that visit to the dentist and they can comfortably sit on the chair during their appointments.
Beyond just making it easier to administer anesthesia, the Wand or Single Tooth Anesthesia (STA) also makes it possible to numb only a specific tooth or part of the mouth as opposed to the whole mouth. Patients can say goodbye to slurring after their dental appointments and continue on with their normal day.
Dental technology is making it possible for patients to look forward to visiting their dentists, finally undoing decades of fear and discomfort. Now people can keep their oral health at its peak, especially with new ways to keep teeth cavity-free and perfect.