Dentistry is often looked at as one of the slower moving medical care professions. To put it simply, there just haven’t been very many advances in dentistry over the past 100 years or so.
But, that being said, there have been quite a few advances in the last 10 years. At Wayzata Dental, we take advantage of one of those technological advances in our use of laser dentistry throughout our practice.
The items below are some of our favorite technological advances that dentistry has been using to make visiting the dentist a more enjoyable experience.
Traditional dentures created an extremely time-consuming set of procedures. Often, patients had to visit the dentist for weeks or months before they can have their dentures finished. But, there’s a new way to go through creating dentures for dental patients that need them.
Using computer-aided 3D design tools, dentists can create a digital model of the dentures before using a 3D printer to create them. These digital dentures work better than most other dentures because the computer that helps design them ensures that the dentures fit perfectly.
The opportunity to practice your dental techniques through the use of AI technology is huge for dentistry. Dental schools have begun to implement this practice, and it’s helping their students advance faster and with less overhead—no more worrying about finding real patients with specific dental problems. Now schools can create any dental problem they want to and simulate it for their students. This is a huge advancement for dental schools.
3D printers have come a long way from printing the right kind of square or triangle. Today, 3D printers can create prosthetics and other medical devices for surgeons and doctors. Through the use of a 3D printer, dental experts can also produce different types of teeth or dentures for their patients.
Because of 3D printing, you don’t have to worry about whether your implants will fit correctly. Dental professionals can create implants, dentures, and more that will fit precisely and can be used almost immediately.
Advances in new cameras and technology that are forever making things smaller and more compact now allow dental professionals to look into mouths with cameras. The use of a camera to observe different areas of the mouth that are not as easily seen has helped dentists to perform better operations.
In some cases, when major surgeries need to be performed, the use of an intraoral camera allows the dental physician or oral surgeon to complete operations that are difficult or that are in areas that are difficult to see. Areas of the mouth that experience extreme swelling may also need a camera to see.
COVID-19 has taught us many things. One of the biggest things that it’s taught us is that we don’t always have to go to the dentist or the doctor to be diagnosed. Previous to COVID-19, most types of telemedicine were almost always looked down upon. But, we’ve learned that there’s a lot that can be gained by visiting your dentist via telecommunication instead of in-person. This is especially true when in-person visits are unavailable.
Here are the benefits of teledentistry:
- Lower costs for your visits.
- Improved access to dental care.
- Improved quality of care.
- Offers modern communication for users.
- Reduces the length of time needed for a visit.
Cloud Storage and Cloud Backup
It might not seem new in any way, but many dental offices haven’t taken advantage of cloud storage and cloud backup. By using tools like the cloud, dental offices can ensure that their files are stored for years and years to come. Additionally, cloud storage is much more cost-effective than other types of storage. File systems are especially cumbersome and take up way too much space, and on-site digital records can get lost. Using a cloud storage system for dental files brings your dental office into the 21st century.
Have you heard of smart toothbrushes? A smart toothbrush is a great way to ensure that you’re brushing your teeth to the fullest and best way possible. Many of these toothbrushes offer timers to ensure that you’re brushing your teeth for the optimal amount of time.
Smart toothbrushes for kids sometimes have the ability to play games with the kids so that they know how to brush their teeth and which part of their mouth to brush. Using a smart toothbrush might not be for everyone, but it can help those who struggle to clean their teeth.
If you’re looking for a dental office that uses technology to offer a better dental experience for you and your family, then choose Wayzata Dental. Because we use new technologies, your experience at Wayzata Dental will be unlike any other dental visit you’ve had before. Schedule your appointment today to visit us and receive the best dental treatment of your life!