Ground-breaking technological advances are revolutionising dentistry, delivering cutting-edge patient care and fuelling growth at an unprecedented pace. We all fear going to a dentist despite the fact that oral health is important. But thanks to technology, times have changed. Pressure brought on by the pandemic and the changing preferences of patients have helped dentists deliver the best. Here are some of the best innovations that are changing people’s outlook towards dentistry.
AI is changing the way we look at dentistry. It has reduced the time it took for a procedure, costs and errors. AI has been providing a system that has enough intelligence to perform, validate, evaluate, predict and analyse tasks with marginal accuracy in a predefined environment. This technology has the potential to support the dental profession for radiographic interpretations, diagnosis of orofacial pain and analysis of facial growth in orthodontia among others. AI’s ability to provide second opinions and as an enforcer of consistency is evident. Integration of practice and patient data with diagnostic and treatment outcome data will eventually establish new standards of care and operating efficiencies as far as AI in dentistry is concerned.
As dentistry requires precision and accuracy in a confined space, robotics helps dental surgeons meet those demands and get the best aesthetic results. Robotic-assisted dental technologies enable minimally invasive procedures and helps dentists perform flapless techniques, thus avoiding unnecessary incisions and streamlining the recovery process for patients. Robotic systems that are currently being used offer precise guidance during surgery through haptic robotic technology. They prevent drill deviation or over-drilling past pre-planned depths and ensure the surgeon avoids critical anatomy such as nerves or sinus cavities. Robotics is helping dentists achieve successful outcomes in intricate cases that might be challenging or impossible to navigate by hand. With the help of robotics, dentists can achieve unprecedented success at procedures and lower the risk of failed implants.
Tooth regeneration is a stem cell based regenerative medicine procedure for missing and damaged teeth and has been considered a promising treatment option since a long time, especially for patients with advanced dental disease. It’s all about regrowing teeth using the patient’s own autologous stem cells. In the future, the procedure could replace all missing and damaged natural teeth. Regenerative dentistry has the potential to save many lives. Developing new therapies for tooth regeneration has been a key focus of research in the field. In addition to regenerative procedures, this technology can also improve the appearance of the mouth.
The ability to guide stem cells to regenerate teeth is believed to be one of the most exciting applications for regenerative dentistry. The technique is considered a breakthrough for the future of dental treatments. The global tooth regeneration market is expected to have a market of $6 billion by 2027.
Thanks to new technology, the global dental market is expected to see a surge, from $29.63 billion in 2021 to $45.68 billion in 2028, with the Asia Pacific region leading the pack. In India, the dental service market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.34% till 2030. Factors such an ageing population, and rise in disposable incomes, periodontal disease and private health insurance have led to an increase in oral care expenditure of various countries, which has been driving the growth. Even the global dental insurance market, which generated a revenue of $169.8 billion in 2020, is estimated to grow at a rate of 8% till 2027; In India, it is projected to cross $3.6 billion by 2027. For new tech in dentistry, the road is long. The transformation that it is bringing, is here to stay.
Dr. Shantanu Jaradi, Founder & CEO – Dentzz Dental
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