10 Nov New and Improved Dental Technology in 2021
The acceleration of technology continues to amass momentum at jaw-dropping speed. It is fascinating to note that this growth is not only rapid, but actually exponential year over year, meaning that, as time goes by, the rate at which technological innovators one-up their achievements will continue to increase. This reality was predicted impressively over 50 years ago by engineer and businessman Gordon Moore, in a principle now known as Moore’s Law. While the effects of Moore’s Law may be controversial in realms such as big tech and internet privacy, there is one in which it is unequivocally beneficial: the realm of dentistry.
As dental technology evolves and improves, clinicians become increasingly empowered in all areas of their work, from diagnosis and treatment to case acceptance and patient satisfaction. Read on to learn more about just a few of the emergent or improved dental technologies that are helping to push the industry forward.
While this may at first sound like a science fiction premise, the applications of virtual reality in dentistry are quite practical. For example, VR is being used more and more to provide distractions for patients that create a more favorable experience. When patients don a VR or AR (augmented reality) headset, their focus on the dental procedure at hand is diminished to a degree far greater than can be achieved with music or a mounted television. A study conducted by Cedars-Sinai has suggested that VR can reduce the level of pain perceived by the patient, thereby increasing trust in the clinician, reducing future dental anxiety and fostering better care.
Robotics in Implant Dentistry
While in many cases robotics can contribute to the trend of automation that threatens to replace human labor, clinicians should not fear such an outcome for themselves. Robotics do not replace the human element in procedures like dental implants as they are not performed by robots. Rather, robots are able to assist clinicians by providing guidance and increasing precision. This means that they can reduce any existing margin of error and provide an elevated level of treatment.
Cone Beam Computed Tomography
While cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) itself is not new, it has benefited quite extensively from the effects of Moore’s Law. What was already a promising and effective imaging technology 10 years ago has progressed remarkably since then, with better image quality, more and larger field of view options and greater versatility than were thought possible even a decade ago. CBCT benefits clinicians in countless ways, from the improved diagnoses and treatment planning as a result of its pristine imaging to increased case acceptance resulting from more easily understood 3D image renderings. This leads to more consistent, predictable outcomes and enhanced practice revenue.
These are but a few of the many recent innovations in dental technology, which says quite a bit about the potential for supplemented and improved treatment in the field. If you would like to learn more about CBCT technology and how it can be integrated successfully into your practice, call us today at 855-PREXION or find a representative in your area.