by Internet Medical Society
With the new technological advances in all fields of industry, we can see significant changes in medicine and dentistry as well. We hear about various innovative techniques and procedures nearly every day now, all of which can make a great difference to patients with dental problems ranging from caries to teeth loss. Here are some of the latest dental innovations that are leading the industry to a brighter future.
A common problem with patients is the fear of pain when undergoing dental procedures. Even when they opt for anesthesia, they still have to endure the pain of the needle sting, and the very view of the syringe can cause anxiety and increased heart rate. Another problem is that half your face can go numb, for hours. Luckily, somebody out there came up with a wonderful solution, the Wand Anesthesia System. Basically, not seeing the syringe means less stress, and the anesthesia is directed only to the tooth that needs to be treated. It’s computer-controlled, so freezing is released slowly in the mouth, near the tooth that’s getting treated. This type of anesthesia is favored by patients, since it’s less scary and there is no numbness in half of their face after the procedure, which can be the case with a traditional syringe-applied anesthesia.
For the patients that have suffered teeth loss, but lack the bone or are not good candidates for dental implants, All-on-4 dental implants offer the perfect solution. With this new type of procedure, even if a patient has no teeth, they can have a perfect smile one to three days. The old-style dentures can remain in the past, and the quality of life of many patients can be improved drastically, since this procedure allows a full arch of teeth to be placed on just four dental implants. This works for both, lower and upper jaw, the teeth are permanent and don’t have to be taken out like with dentures, plus they are personalized for each patient. It’s simple to clean them, they are durable, they feel like the natural teeth and they look great. It takes about three appointments for the procedure to be done, so anybody can have their brand new teeth in a matter of days.
Dentists often come across a problem with patients who cannot open their mouths any wider, but the dental problem they have can’t be seen properly. Dental mirrors can only help to some extent, but the patient often has to move their head, or the dentist has to bend over the patient in an awkward position. This problem can be solved by the use of an intra-oral camera. Not only does this type of camera allow the dentist to have a clear picture of any spot inside a patient’s mouth, but it also allows them to show these pictures to the patients, explaining what the problem is and exactly how they will treat it. There are various types of intra-oral cameras to choose from, but they all provide the dentist with a better assessment of their patients’ dental needs.
If we have a smartphone and a smart fridge, why wouldn’t we have a smart toothbrush, too? It might sound trivial, strange and even funny to talk about using sensors for tooth brushing. Some might even wonder if we even need these toothbrushes and how they work. Well, they are connected via Bluetooth to an app on your phone or tablet, with their sensors mapping the inside of your mouth in 3D and then telling you if you’re brushing too hard or not hard enough. The toothbrush and the app let you know which teeth you’ve brushed enough and which ones you should brush more, as well as if you’re applying too much pressure on your teeth in the process.
With all this cutting-edge technology providing assistance in all aspects of our everyday lives, it’s no wonder that the same is happening in the dental industry. Using the innovations at our disposal can change our approach to oral health and improve it significantly.