How Technology is Changing Dentistry & Dental Care?
The potential for precise diagnosis and treatment continues to grow as dentists gain access to more high-quality digital information. Data including the patient’s age, genome, and medical and dental health history will make it possible for dental professionals to analyze vulnerability to different types of oral disease. And this is just the frontier of possibility? Read on to find out all about how technology is changing dental care and other things your local dentist might not know.
The Potential of Smart Toothbrushes
Is that pesky tooth throbbing again, keeping you up at night? Could it be serious? Your smart toothbrush could help give you an answer. It is plugged into a Smartphone and scans your teeth. The images are uploaded and analyzed by artificial intelligence in the cloud, which might find a crack or a cavity in your painful tooth. The preliminary analysis and scans are sent to a dentist, who then contacts you to schedule an appointment.
Removing Cavities by Laser
Normally, it takes several visits to get a cavity filled. Technology has the potential to reduce the entire process to one hour. When you go to your local dentist’s office, he or she eliminates the decay that caused the cavity using a laser. This way, the procedure is pain-free. If the tooth is cracked and a big part of it needs removing, you’ll need a crown. A 3-D ultrasound of problematic teeth is done and the image is sent to two different devices – a 3-D printer and a filling maker.
The filling maker mixes a restoration substance to fill the cavity using your own stem cells, not the acrylic of days of yore or, what’s worse, mercury. This substance helps restore dentin, the bony tissue under the tooth enamel.
The printer manufactures a cap, which your local dentist can put in without adjusting because of how precise production is.
Presently, many dentists use soft tissue laser for small surgeries. This process will be performed by computers in the near future. Digitally controlled mirrors will replace dental drills to perform minor gum surgery. The new biomaterials currently being created can help cavities heal to avoid costly, painful root canals. It has become possible to detect early-stage oral cancer by using special lights that can find tissue changes invisible to the naked eye.
A lot of companies are developing sensors that will be able to detect a number of diseases based on saliva or mouth tissue samples. According to experts, these sensors might be able to detect bad breath, monitor your heart rate, and establish blood alcohol levels. A pH sensor might be able to detect acidic saliva, which is a major cause of dental problems.
Smartphone scanning will be inexpensive and done from home, which goes a great deal toward making good dental care accessible to everyone, even people living in isolated areas. At the very least, you won’t need to go to the local dentist to get a fast diagnosis of basic dental problems.