2015 is the year of technology in dentistry. While 2013 and 2014 have been large powers in contributing 3D technologies which have impacted dentistry tremendously and other forms of digital laboratory technology, 2015 will be all about improving this technology and implementing it widespread. It may not be the year for creating new technologies, but it will definitely become more commonplace in all dentistry practices around the world.
No longer is technology simply a tool used for marketing in dental practices, today it’s an essential element to providing your patients with the highest quality of care. When your patients are exposed to more technologically advanced products to enhance their overall experience and oral results it makes a great difference in your practice’s success.
For the patients, digital x-rays mean less radiation, and for the dental professionals, digital x-rays mean better resolution to perform more enhanced diagnostics. Dental intraoral X-ray sensors have been shown to be just as diagnostic as film radiographs. While they’re equated in diagnostics, they also offer clinicians a whole lot more when it comes to diagnostics and the ways the images can be used.
With infinitely better resolution, reduced radiation to the patient, and the ability to zoom into specific parts of the image and use filters for enhanced diagnostics. They also grant your practice the ability to archive radiographs with no loss of image quality, as well as the ability to send a perfect digital copy to insurance companies or referral partners. Digital dental X-ray systems are a better solution for both the patient and the doctor.
One of the fastest growing dental technologies is the dental cone beam aka cone beam, 3D imaging, or CBCT (cone beam computer tomography). Whatever you prefer to call it this imaging system is capable of creating detailed 3D models of a patient’s entire oral anatomy. This new dental technology is slowly immersing becoming a standard for dental treatment planning. The latest cone beam systems work with very low radiation doses, contrary to recent articles claiming otherwise. These cone beam systems work with small fields of view to capture data from just the desired area of the person’s anatomy.
Guided Surgery (Implant Surgical Guide Systems)
When dental practices apply guided surgery methods to meet the needs of their patients restoratively they’re actively providing optimal function and aesthetics at the same time. With today’s technology in dentistry it’s not necessary to refer the patient out you can simply do the implant yourself. While it may seem complex, using a surgical guide system can make the entire process a lot simpler.
These systems use the 3D imaging technology to see the patient’s anatomy and plan the ideal implant placement, angulation, and rotation and based upon this information provide the clinician with a 3D printed drill guide that makes it very clear where the implant is supposed to be placed. This system makes the process not only easier for the dentists but also immensely faster which allows them to be more efficient and the success of the implant cases are far more predictable.
Dental Technology Showcase 2015
The Dental Technology Showcase (DTS) is held every year for dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, and lab owners to update and refresh their knowledge and skills with other dentists and learn the best new additions to bring back for their own practices. The event offers of course vast networking opportunities for those involved in the dentistry industry and it’s an especially great place to access the latest innovations in the industry as well.
This year the showcase will take place on the 17th and 18th of April in Birmingham. The trade exhibition will host over 80 leading dental suppliers and manufacturers, 1000s of dental professionals, and of course the latest products, materials, and technologies available. Experts will show off and demonstrate any additional information, or guidance needed helping you to select the appropriate product and technology to take home for your practice.