Dental treatment in this country is not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but we do have the latest technologies and some of the most qualified dentists in the world. As we now take a look at some of the technological breakthroughs that might change dental care forever, it provides a clearer idea regarding what to expect at the dentist’s office a few years down the line.
Ultrasound has the potential to replace X-rays and eliminate radiation exposure forever. Not that ultrasounds can replace X-rays yet, though, because safer as the imaging technology might be, the clarity of the images is still not high enough for most situations.
Surgical robots are not a new thing anymore and while their adoption in dentistry has been approved by the FDA already, a lot of patients are not yet comfortable with a full on robotic surgery. What they fail to understand is that a robotic surgery is still not actually done by the robot, but the dentist himself/herself; only the process becomes more precise as robotics eliminates a lot of the human error factor.
Virtual Reality (VR)
Despite coming into the scene with huge promises and actual potential, virtual reality is mostly limited to video games and even those games are not fairing too well, due to a lack of quality and the limitations of the current technology. So, does it practically have the potential to make any severe dents in oral healthcare? The answer would be a big yes!
While VR may not be as applicable in a real operation, it can provide infinite practice to emerging student dentists, until a time comes when it almost becomes muscle memory. Even experienced dentists can experiment and further hone their skills with VR, without repercussions. The educational potential of VR is simply out of the world.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
The final entry on this list is Artificial Intelligence, and it may have the greatest potential in emerging healthcare across everything we just discussed. Imagine a scenario where artificial intelligence constantly updates and learns in sync with everything that is going on in healthcare, guiding a dentist in the detection of potential oral health problems from a diagnostic X-ray report alone. It would be able to detect and predict patterns, similar to what AI already does in business, making sure adequate steps can be taken to keep the patient as healthy as possible.
While the technologies on this list might be still a bit further away from coming into full effect, Elite Dentistry of Simi Valley, California, understands that skills and technology must work together in this time and age to deliver the best possible consultations, procedures and aftercare to every patient. Therefore, they rely on a complete state-of-the-art technology based approach to oral healthcare, which keeps getting updated as the science behind dentistry continues to progress towards an even better future. If any of these technologies that we just discussed becomes feasible for practical use anytime soon, it will be interesting indeed.