Today, the dental industry has seen a significant increase in the number of people with oral health problems. Oral health is a major concern for many people since it impacts one’s ability to eat and speak. This has led to an increase in the demand for dental care.
At the same time, dental care is quickly changing with more and more people choosing to have dental treatments. The use of technology in dental care has increased in recent years, enabling welcome features like invisible braces (that lower the threshold of correcting one’s teeth), as well as more effective treatments (that lower the total time spent doing dental surgeries, while increasing the outcome).
Companies like Philips are using AI to help improve the quality of their patients’ health. They have partnered up with IBM Watson to develop a new AI assistant – Watson Dental Assistant – that can provide doctors with information about patient’s records, as well as offer suggestions for treatments and educate patients on how to better maintain their oral health.
In addition, there are many other trends in dental care such as mobile dentistry and remote dentistry where patients can receive treatment from anywhere via video chat instead of having to come into the office for appointments.
With the advances in technology, there is a lot of information on how personal care can be better by choice. Dentists are now using 3D printing and robotics to create more efficient dental care and also help patients avoid major health issues down the road.
How Technology is Reinventing Dentist’s Jobs and Tools Today
Technology has made some dentist jobs easier. Dentists don’t have to do the physical work anymore when they can just use scanners, computers and other equipment to do it instead.
The introduction of these tools has resulted in a major shift in how dentistry is practiced today. However, the new technology also presents challenges for dentists and dental students because there are some things that automated tools can’t handle yet. For example, human dentists will still be needed in order to give patients a personal touch and deal with complex problems like gum disease that cannot be detected by automated systems.
In conclusion, technology is reinventing the dentist’s toolbox today – from scanners and computers to digital assistants like Siri and Cortana. But live dentists will still be needed for many years ahead, until sophisticated enough technology can perform the job as well as they do.
Where we got our conclusions:
- “Companies like Philips are using AI to help improve the quality of their patients’ health”: Philips Healthcare – Four Applications of AI in Dental Care, Dutch developer of health technology
- “… new technology also presents challenges for dentists and dental students because there are some things that automated tools can’t handle yet”: Greverud Tannlegesenter – Tannlege i Kolbotn, Norwegian dental clinic
- “Dentists are now using 3D printing and robotics to create more efficient dental care”: Dental Tribune International – 3D printing, International news and education distributor