Innovative practices and equipment keep on emerging, especially in the dental industry. Technology has been very beneficial to both dentists and patients. New innovations improved the dental industry by creating dental tools and equipment, improving traditional dental procedures, and keeping track of patients’ records and needs.
This 2019, here are some of the newest trends and developments in the dental industry today:
3D Printing Technology has been going on since the late 1980s. But it was only in the 20th century that the trend received international recognition and extensive media coverage. 3D Printing technology is now being utilized by many dentists to accurately create and recreate dental tools, prostheses, and dental implants. The speed of these 3D printers varies from 40 to 150mm/s. It’s much faster compared to the usual process conducted by dental technicians, which can last for 3-4 months.
Aside from the aforementioned products 3D printers can produce, it can also create night guards, aligners, crowns, surgical guides, and mouth models. The 3D printer saves time and resources. But more than that, it reduces the probability of patient complications since it can recreate an exact model of most dental needs.
Natural Dental Products
Natural dental products are made of natural ingredients such as aloe vera for healing, sea salt for whitening, and strawberries for taste. These are all good for our body and the environment. Natural dental products are made with organic ingredients that are applicable to children and adults with sensitive teeth. Moreover, manufacturing and disposal of such are very sustainable since it does not hurt the environment because of less man-made chemicals, thus, pollutants. Some of the best-selling natural dental products on the market are oil pulling solutions, fluoride-free toothpaste, and charcoal toothbrushes.
Traditional oral surgery uses anesthesia to lessen the pain of dental surgeries, regardless of the patient’s pain tolerance. With the advent of the laser in dental surgery, little to no anesthesia can now be applied to a patient. Pain and morbidity are reduced because of lasers cauterize tissues to seal off blood vessels. Instead of using ligatures to prevent the blood from flowing through a cut, dentists can now resort to lasers.
Automated Patient Tracking and Management
Aside from new dental procedures and tools, management software has also enhanced the monitoring of patients. Now, dentists can easily track their patient’s record through advanced and interactive software available on desktop and smartphones. This management software can organize files of patients to keep in touch with them even when the doctor is out. Scheduling an appointment, billing, imaging, charting, merchant and card processing, and tracking insurance plans and treatment plans—management software does it all with ease.
Last on our list is Telemedicine. It’s quite popular now due to several mobile applications offering this service online. Telemedicine allows you to consult a doctor even if you are not physically available for an examination. So, even if you are in a remote area, you can seek medical attention from a doctor either via phone call or mobile application. If you have access to the Internet, you can use Rakuboss.com as a platform for finding medical advice or consultation from various dental experts.