5 Major Technological Advances In Dental Equipment Every Dentist Should Know
Published
 - January 6th, 2023

With technological advances in dental equipment racing forward at a breathtaking pace, it’s not always easy to keep up with the latest products on the market. Likewise, we don’t often take a moment to appreciate just how far we’ve come in improving the patient experience. 

This blog is an attempt to change that. 

Below are 5 major technological advances in dental equipment that every dentist should know about. And if you’re already familiar with everything here, consider it an opportunity to reflect upon the sea of change that has taken place and the exciting places where dentistry is heading in the future. 

DIGITAL X-RAYS

Digital x-rays are often categorized as a new branch of digital technology known as “digital dentistry” that is sweeping over the industry (and the dental equipment that goes with it). It also typically refers to dental implants and 3D printers.

Digital x-rays are a major technological advance in dental equipment. By using a digital sensor to capture an image of the teeth and gums, digital x-rays produce clear digital images that can be viewed immediately on a computer screen. They also use less radiation than traditional x-rays (a bonus for the health of your patients as they limit exposure). 

Additionally, digital x-rays can be easily stored and retrieved, making them more convenient for dentists who want to improve their diagnosis and treatment planning for patients.

CONE BEAM CT SCANNERS

Cone beam CT scanners are a type of x-ray machine that produce three-dimensional images of the teeth and jaws. This technology is particularly helpful for dentists who need to plan complex dental procedures, such as implants or jaw surgery. 

Likewise, the images these machines produce can be used to diagnose problems and monitor progress over time, providing invaluable information for dentists.

CAD/CAM SYSTEMS

CAD/CAM systems are computer-aided design and manufacturing systems used to create custom dental prosthetics, such as crowns, bridges, and implants. 

These systems allow dentists to create custom dental prosthetics by using computer-generated images. CAD/CAM systems are more accurate than traditional methods of creating dental prosthetics and assist dentists who want to provide their patients with high-quality, custom-made dental products and prosthetics that are more lifelike and natural-looking.

Additionally, CAD/CAM technology can help to save time by eliminating the need for manual labor and reducing the overall cost of dental treatment.

3-D PRINTING

3D printing is a relatively new technology that is being used more and more in the dental industry. 3D printers are now used to create custom dental prosthetics, such as crowns, bridges, and implants. 

This technology is more accurate than traditional methods of creating dental prosthetics and can help to reduce the time and cost of treatment.

DENTAL IMPLANTS

Dental implants are one of the most popular options for tooth replacement today. A dental implant is a small titanium post that is placed into the jawbone to serve as a new root for a missing tooth. Once the implant has healed in place, it can then be used to support a dental crown, bridge, or denture. 

Dental implants offer a number of benefits over other tooth replacement options, including being more natural looking and feeling and more durable

THE CHANGES AHEAD

As a dentist, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest advances in dental equipment. By familiarizing yourself with the technology that is available, you can provide your patients with the best possible care. 

Do you have any questions about these technological advances? Let us know in the comments below. Be sure to check back next week when we explore how artificial intelligence is changing the face of dentistry.

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