Future Of Dentistry
Many people avoid dental treatment because of bad treatment experiences they have had earlier in there lives. As a result, some people may not have gone to a dental clinic for 15 to 20 years or more.
I think what people should know is that — dentistry as a whole has literally transformed in the last 10 to 15 years. The most notable and important changes have been in the science and technology and the modern equipments that we use in our clinics now a days as compared to what we did 15 years back. Cutting edge research in dentistry and high-tech gadgetry has dramatically changed the way of dental treatment in this century. “Dental offices are using these new technologies as they help in making dental care safer, more efficient and less fearful for the dental patient.” Says Dr. Amit Goswami.
The most notable and important changes in dental science has been used for the reduction of pain, improvement of root canal therapy, replacement of teeth with dental implants, and the revolution in cosmetic dentistry, specifically porcelain veneers and the white(tooth colored) resin fillings. Now we can do dental extreme makeovers and full mouth rehabilitation with ease and much faster as compared to earlier times.
Many dentists have these equipments in their offices now, says Dr. Amit Goswami from Delhi Dental Center – New Delhi -India. He lists some other advances that are on their way into new dental clinics.
– INTRA ORAL CAMERA — is a miniaturized camera that allows patients to view the inside of their own mouths live on a LCD screen mounted on dental chair. It’s a wonderful device and patients love it. It’s a wonderful way to educate the patient because they can see what problems they have with their own eyes.”
– LASERS — Already used for some soft tissue procedures such as removing lesions, and for tooth whitening purposes, many dentists feel they will be used soon to zap tooth decay, precluding the need for tooth restorations or fillings.
– DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHY – “This technology involves a tiny intra oral sensor that replaces conventional X-ray film and is wired directly to a computer screen. When placed in patients mouth it generates a digital image for diagnosis, in a same manner as X-rays does, but with much less radiation dose.” says Dr. Amit. It’s much faster and easier than X-ray too.
– KINETIC CAVITY PREPRATION – This is also known as” air-abrasive technology,” in this procedure tiny aluminum particles are carried by a stream of air, spraying away decay without the sound and vibration of a dental drill.
– BONDING AND ADHESIVES — These materials allow tooth and veneers, for example, a better fit, resulting in minimal drilling, greater strength, tighter seals, and more natural color blending with the tooth. Now we have several types of adhesives specifically designed for special functions, all adhesives and bonding agents now have several generations of them in use.
– ENDODONTIC EQUIPMENTS – In this range so much of advancements have been in pace that we perform root caal treatment with so much of ease these days. Now we have endomotor, endodotic microscope to visualize things better.
– DENTAL IMPLANTS – They are in use in dentistry since last 30 to 40 years , but now so many new designs and techniques have come up that they are been used in almost so many cases that earlier we haven’t even thought about that.
– DENTAL SOFTWARE – Now we have patient education software to educate a patient about his dental health and treatment procedures too. We have practice management software’s, dental animations etc. Computers and new computer-driven technology do not depersonalize the relationship between doctor and patient. “Quite the contrary,” says Dr. Amit — “They allow more effective scheduling, — they allow more personalized follow-up for treatment, — they consolidate information; and they educate the patient. But the big plus is that they allow the dentist to provide better treatment. They are going to revolutionize dentistry and the sooner the better.”
Modern methods and technology have greatly improved most dental treatment and may provide a pleasant surprise for those who have avoided dental care for many years.