Technical advances in dental practice are making dentistry better with lower costs, easier access, no injections, and no drills. Tooth pain is a problem that many people have experienced at any time of day, including the middle of the night. What if there was a way for someone with tooth pain to use their smartphone and a smart toothbrush to scan their teeth for images that will be analyzed by artificial intelligence? Then, what if those images scans were automatically uploaded and sent to your dentist who then contacts you for an appointment? Then, you go to your appointment the same day and the dentist removes the tooth decay with a laser using a procedure that is absolutely painless.
If a crown is required for the cracked tooth, the dentist can do a 3-D ultrasound, send that ultrasound scan to a device that mixes up something with stem cells to fill the cavity, and then send the ultrasound to another machine that will 3-D print a cap for the tooth. This is a very real example of dentistry in the future, and it shows how procedures that take several visits theses will be completed in only a few hours in the near future.
The possibilities for the digital future of medicine and dentistry are endless and they include things like data analysis, revolutionary treatment options, electronic record-keeping, and new diagnostic tools. All these innovative technologies will give people everywhere greater access to better dental care and a more affordable way to have a healthy smile.
There is so much potential for dentistry as more digital advances for this field become available, and these advances ensure doctors will have the information they need to tailor treatments to each individuals’ personal genetics. There will also be innovative prevention treatments in the future of dentistry including things like toothbrushes with cameras that can track the parts of your mouth that need more brushing, apps that are programmed to keep you entertained for the right amount of time you should be brushing your teeth, pressure sensors to let you know if you’re brushing your teeth too hard, sensors to detect disease and other issues, biomaterials that fill cavities in a way that actually allows the cavity to heal itself, and a device that can detect oral cancer earlier. Dentistry in the future looks bright thanks to innovative technology.