As technology advances, so does the level of care that your dentist can provide you. Tech can supplement your dentist’s extensive knowledge, helping them with diagnosis and treatment. Many aspects of digital dentistry are still emerging. Even so, it is interesting to explore the tech you may see at your dental office soon.
There may be changes to what tech is the most popular or useful before Dr. Sharma can implement it. But here are some of the most interesting tech bits currently taking digital dentistry by storm.
3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing
The use of 3D printing in dentistry is already expanding, and it is likely to continue. 3D printing is especially useful for making retainers, aligners, molds, crowns, implants, bridges, veneers, and more. It is also useful for surgical guides, models, presurgical guides, and indirect bonding trays. 3D printing allows for a high degree of personalization for each patient, along with improved efficiency.
Cone-beam Computed Tomography
Cone-beam computed tomography can generate 3D images. Dentists can then use this for numerous tasks, including:
- Diagnosing caries
- Diagnosing dental trauma
- Diagnosing endodontic conditions
- Planning implants
- Evaluating the face and jaws
- Visualizing abnormal teeth
- Assessing cleft palates
Dentists currently use 3D tech, but this new type of imaging provides extra detail. Specifically, a single scan can show facial bones, nerve pathways, dentition, and soft tissues. This is better for dental records and diagnosis.
Intraoral scanners are an advanced way of making digital impressions. Dentists can then use those impressions to create inlays, onlays, crowns, aligners, fixed partial dentures, implant surgical guides, and occlusal devices. Dentists currently use other methods, but intraoral scanners may improve the patient experience, thanks to their speed and comfort.
When most people visit the dentist, they must constantly be reminded to open their mouths wider. Intraoral cameras can minimize this issue somewhat, making it easier for your dentist to see every area of your mouth. There are already several intraoral cameras on the market. Of course, while they are great for checking your teeth, your dentist will still have to reach inside your mouth with his tools to clean or treat your teeth.
Soon, your dentist may start suggesting smart toothbrushes. There are already some of these on the market. They are designed to ensure that you brush your teeth properly. Many rely on sensors and can let you know if you are applying too much pressure or if you are missing areas of the mouth.
However, expect any suggestion to come with caveats. Some dentists are concerned that smart toothbrushes may encourage people to practice poor brushing techniques. Your brushing technique is more important than any of the information the smart toothbrush provides. If you need a refresher on proper technique, Dr. Sharma and his team are happy to provide it.
Technology continues to advance every area of our lives, including dentistry. Soon, you may start seeing new tech pieces, enhancing your visit with our dentist in Chicago, IL. Tech can help with everything from your comfort to diagnosis and treatment.