In 2019, technology is changing how the dental industry operates. Many of the year’s trends are dictated by advances in technology that benefit patients as well as dentists. Improving dental practice in this way helps streamline the day-to-day office experience and allows the dentist and their assistants to work more efficiently.
Most dental offices already use automated technology to schedule patient appointments and later, send them their bill. Many people are now more aware of how important oral hygiene is and are scheduling regular appointments with dentists like never before. Technology is making it easier for dental offices to bill each patient, using preset rates and customized payment plans made possible by some of today’s most advanced technology.
Yet automation is taking over other office tasks as well. In 2019 and beyond, automated data mining and even artificial intelligence will be used on a daily basis. This will not only speed up the process of treating patients but it will also aid dentists in making more precise diagnoses.
OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE
Dental offices now have access to updated open-source software used to construct devices that many patients need. Customized devices can be created using the software, which allows dentists to produce exactly what their patients need. In addition, the quality of these devices is greatly improved. They make more durable prosthetics such as dentures and implants.
Measuring patients for dentures used to be a time consuming and uncomfortable process. Digital imaging has made the process easier and pain-free. Scanners are used to almost instantly acquire the information needed to successfully treat a patient. The highest quality images are quickly rendered using digital imaging. As a result, patients have the prosthetics they need much sooner than they would have before today’s technology.
Even the tools that dentists use are now more advanced. Digital tools will enable dentists to perform certain procedures without causing pain to the patient. Much of this can be credited to laser technology, which eliminates the need to use anesthesia. For many patients, this gives them a whole new outlook on visiting the dentist and helps ease their fears.
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