There’s no doubt about it we are living in an amazing age of technology that changes with mind-boggling speed, and any industry hoping to survive without staying up on the very latest has a slim-to-nothing chance. There’s so much high-tech empowerment to be found among the latest dental devices and tools, that they will be clear advantages to the practices using them. Some are awesome time-savers, others produce superior results and the bottom line is that most provide an unprecedented level of comfort for patients. It’s clear that practices integrating the latest technology are the ones most likely to retain patients and draw new ones. Here are some of the ones that will make your business shine:
Software Integrates With Dental
With new capabilities from implementation of WI-FI to featured controls directed by software, there’s much to add to any practice. One manufacturer has produced an all-in-one dental chair that offers sophisticated support with unparalleled comfort and luxury from its ergonomic design, temperature control and impressive range of leg angles. This chair utilizes built-in software that actually conforms to exact comfort specifics of each user, even remembering the patient’s height and angle settings for optimum comfort. Additionally, these settings can be combined with different procedural angle requirements of the hygienist or dentist for extremely smooth and luxurious operation. This advanced chair is designed to change alongside technological advancements, and offers new convenience and comfort for elderly and differently-abled dental patients. This chair is designed with an internal water system that even allows state-mandated health and safety compliance, with reporting via a USB drive. Malfunctions are communicated from the chair to the manufacturer, where their technician remotely diagnoses the issue for rapid to immediate repairs.
Keeping New Tech Affordable
While adding such highly advanced state-of-the-art equipment may at first seem cost-prohibitive, the practices known for using such a level of technical proficiency will be the ones that ultimately prevail. The cost of adding the more advanced tools to a practice will need to be absorbed, and can be covered by price increases – which may require certain dental finance, as being out-of-pocket expenses for patients. Other means of recouping would be to increase patient volume and to offer new methods of patient treatment financing.
Lasers for Cavity Control
There have been a growing number of practices moving to the use of diode lasers for pre-filling cleanup, in preparing cavities. Lasers have made these common procedures much less painful, while more accurately attacking less of the healthy tooth. New laser-enabled technology now enables dentists to find small cavities, and even extremely tiny pre-cavity holes in the teeth and address them before they become more problematic. The healthy part of the tooth will be unaffected by the laser, while decaying spots will become more illuminated. So far, the prepared cavities will still need the keen eye and deft instrument-wielding of the dentist for repair, these diodes will save a lot of time for patients to be in the chair.
3D in Dentistry
The benefits that 3D brings to dentistry are quite remarkable, with the dentist’s 3D virtually-reconstructed view of each patient’s teeth right on a computer screen. Here, design for any restoration is aided by software for the most ideal size and fit. Among the improvements will be crowns, bridges and dentures. Dentists who enhance patient financing options clearly stand to help many more patients for whom these procedures were previously beyond budget. With new materials like zirconium oxide, these restorations will all be three times stronger, thinner and a better fit. Additionally, 3D scanning and printing have revolutionized everything to do with crowns, dentures and custom pieces, for superior fit, comfort and performance.