Keeping up with the latest technology in your line of business can lead to a priceless advantage in the field. If you own your own practice, or you’re still working your way up the totem pole, being knowledgeable and competent in your craft is an invaluable skill. One you should never be content without. Dentistry is a constantly changing field, and each year there are new advances to absorb into our already cluttered minds. Make room for technology!
Technology is a big part of medicine, and its role has only become more prominent over the past decade. The field is constantly evolving, and if you’re struggling to keep up with the changes, then you might want to take a minute to read this article. Here is a look at some of the newest and most efficient tech tools available on the market today.
The VELscope is a new type of device that will revolutionize early diagnosis of abnormal mucosal cells in the mouth. It’s a light that works by simply shining into the patient’s mouth. It’s non-abrasive, and completely pain free. The technology behind it is quite impressive. It uses a special kind of light called a “blue light” to stimulate epithelial cells and stroma in the lining of the patient’s mouth. The tissues become fluorescent, and allow changes in the tissues to become more easily visible. However, it’s important to remember that a biopsy will always be the best way to accurately diagnose.
If you’re truly interested in your patient’s overall well-being, you may want to consider switching your old X-ray machine for digital X-ray technology. This type of X-ray is considerably faster and produces far less radiation than a standard machine (up to ninety percent less). It’s also quite cost efficient, and will make it possible for you to gain revenue back more quickly after purchasing the setup. You will also have the capability to zoom in on your X-ray images for more accurate diagnosis. Even the tiniest hairline crack in a tooth won’t be able to hide from the all seeing eye of a digital X-ray.
This is a great new way to reverse and/or detect that nasty beast, tooth decay. It’s fast and simple, and most of all… it’s completely painless to the patient! It works by blasting ozone (O3), which is a naturally occurring gas, into areas of the mouth affected by the development of tooth decay. The O3 molecules actually break down the bacteria that causes tooth decay and completely dissolves it if caught in the early stages of infection. This technology can give new life to millions of smiles with no damage and no pain inflicted.
Bondings and Fillings
If you own your own practice, you’re definitely in the business of bondings and fillings. You should keep yourself up to date on the latest developments in filling materials for chipped tooth and filling repairs. The most frequently used material as of late for bonding is a resin that shows more shine and lasts quite a bit longer than materials that have been used in the past. There are more colors available now, as well. This will make it easier to match the color of the patient’s teeth more adequately. As with bonding material, most dentists now use porcelain fillings that match the color of the tooth. The natural blend of the material is far superior to earlier methods.
This is a newer technology that does use radiation, but not in quite the same way as traditional imaging machines. The beam is different. It’s a cone beam that is then turned into a three dimensional figure on the doctor’s screen. It’s a very sophisticated computer software program that processes all the information collected from the use of the cone beam. Hundreds of slices of information are all drawn together to form the image on the screen. With this technology the dental professional will have the ability to search every piece of the patient’s scans to find anything abnormal more quickly and more efficiently.
This type of technology is so new that it’s still in the production phase. It hasn’t even been made available yet, but “yet” is the key word there. 3-D printing has been successful and helpful in many other industries like weapons and system productions for a few years now. The many different applications for dentistry could be made real very easily. CAD/CAM systems are already implemented into the field, so it won’t be long before the imaging can be transferred to a physical object. When you are able to physically manipulate the image placed before you, there will always be more accurate results produced.
This instrument is actually a camera for your mouth! Intraoral cameras will assist you in your practice by producing clearly defined images of areas in your patient’s mouth that you may not be able to see very clearly from the angles you are able to see with your eyes. The doctor will also have the ability to bring the patient into their world, as the patient will be able to see everything that is happening while it is happening. This may add to the comfort level of your patient, and that’s always a positive addition.
The DIAGNOdent is similar in function to the VELscope. The instrument uses a high wavelength of light to fluoresce any foreign or damaging substance or bacteria. This device also offers one more little bell to ring true. It produces a simple sound variation when structural changes are detected in the patient’s mouth, so that the patient can hear what the doctor is seeing. This simple function of the DIAGNOdent allows the dentist to spend more time focused on the patient in the chair, as opposed to directing sole attention to operating the instrument. Improved patient communication will always be helpful in calming and soothing a nervous patient.