Many dentistry industry players wonder what new dental techniques or technological advancements are in 2018. There is no doubt that 2018 promises a myriad of transformative technological advancements. These technologies range from diagnostic tools, treatment methods, prevention options, to administrative solutions. They include:
A few years back, many dental clinics refrained from adopting 3D printing technologies because the machines were large and pricey. The cost per print was also cost-ineffective, and printing materials were not always readily available. But this year that seems to shift. The 3D printer manufacturers seem to have the dentist consumer in mind. The printers are now smaller than before and customized for dentistry. Dentists can now use printers to create orthodontic devices and automate dental lab processes such as stone models, surgical guides, and night-guards. It is just a matter of time before clinic can produce partial or complete dentures in-office.
For dentists to keep up with the busy life schedules and unique patient demands, they need help. These include convenient solutions for booking dental appointments, checking in patients, scheduling procedures, monitoring the patient’s progress, tracking and placing orders for dental supplies, and keeping track of patient billing. In 2018, dentists will have plenty of automated software from which to select. In fact, some of these applications are quite intuitive and can operate without staff being present. For instance, they can facilitate patient bookings, monitor available chair time, fill the schedule weeks, schedule the patients and their respective procedures, detect cancellations, bill the patients and even tabulate the profits each appointment generated.
Sleep breathing screening
Thanks to a recent policy by the American Dental Association (ADA), dentists will focus more on screening and treating patients with sleep breathing disorders such as apnea, than they did in previous years. Traditionally, it was cumbersome for a dentist to integrate sleep into his or her dental practice. That is because for it to work, several companies that offered education, home-sleep testing, sleep appliances and medical billings had to collaborate. But currently, some companies offer a one-stop solution, which dentists can use to integrate sleep disorder screening and treatment.
Increased use of bioactive restorative materials
2018 will witness a significant spike in the use of bioactive materials for corrective procedures. The materials are an excellent solution for patients with smile imperfections, small gaps in the teeth, an overbite, underbite or crooked teeth. Orthodontic Treatment, for instance, has gained much tract and acceptance because it eliminates the challenges associated with wearing metal braces. Such restorative materials are not only useful, but they offer long-term solutions as well.
Fully embracing digital
Every dental clinic worth its name should adopt digital equipment like scanners, digital X-rays, or electronic health records. The equipment not only make workflow manageable, but they guarantee that the patients get quality service. In 2018, dental clinics will feature sophisticated digital technologies such as the 3D image digital X-rays and dental lasers. The digital radiography makes it possible to locate dental issues even before they manifest on the surface. The laser dentistry, on its part, is exceptionally useful for treating advanced gum disease and periodontitis.