What Does the Future of Dentistry Look Like?

Future of Dentistry

Advancements in technology are constantly evolving, revolutionizing the medical profession and dentistry.  Who would have thought that a trip to the dentist could one day involve augmented reality, 3D printed prosthetics, and smart devices? 

For some people, visiting the dentist can be an anxious time, a study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, discovered that dental anxiety is thought to affect 36% of the population, with a further 12% suffering from extreme dental fear.  This often results in poor dental health as people will avoid attending their appointments, something we hope will be reduced as our attitudes towards dentistry and oral health could be subject to change, with the help of these new technologies and approaches.

Intra Oral Cameras

This new technology provides an alternative to the traditional hand held dentist mirror, known as the Intra Oral Camera. The camera, with its liquid lens technology, similar to the human eye, provides clear images that the doctor can then share with the patient – helping to explain their oral health and ways to improve it.

3D Design & Prosthetics

The waiting time for your new crown, bridge, aligners or retainers could be greatly reduced with the use of CAD (computer aided design), CAM (computer aided manufacture) and 3D printing. Traditional Dental labs make prosthetics manually by hand, and sometimes they need adjusting, which extends your wait even more. With the advancements in 3D printing technology, one day soon, every dental office will have their own in house printer producing your prosthetic in a matter of hours!

Wouldn’t it be amazing if in years to come, the need for dentures, tooth implants and root canals could one day be eradicated? Regenerative Dentistry explores the possibility of self healing teeth and biological therapy for damaged teeth with the use of stem cells to encourage the growth of the main component of our teeth, dentin.  An article in Newsweek talks of the incredible research conducted by Harvard University and the University of Nottingham, read more about it here.

CRISPR – Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats

A technology currently being researched, explores the possibility of being able to halt oral cancer genes, fix genetic abnormalities, and explores the possibility of altering the functioning bacteria that causes plaque formation.  Even at this very early stage, CRISPR technology is showing monumental promise in the field of dentistry.

Smart Toothbrushes

The evolution of a manual toothbrush, to an electric toothbrush, was a groundbreaking development. Now with the introduction of smart toothbrushes, keeping on top of your oral hygiene couldn’t be easier! Smart toothbrushes contain sensors that connect to a companion phone app that measures the time you spend brushing, the pressure that you are applying and pointers on how you can brush more thoroughly. Some are even equipped to detect plaque and cavities.

Get in Touch

At Dublin Corners Dental our goals are to provide the best care possible to all of our patients.  This is why we make a point of getting to know each of our patients and to care for them as we would want to be cared for. We strive to ease any and all anxiety our patients may be experiencing when they initially visit, ensuring their care is our top priority.  At Dublin Corners Dental, you can be confident that the treatments we provide are the very best. 

Contact us today to book your appointment!

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