2022 Dental Technology Wishlist

What dental tech would be on your wish list if money was no object?

By Genni Burkhart

In dentistry, the right technology can boost practice production and make treating patients more manageable. As a result, effective dental practices can leverage dental technology and the steep investment it often requires to provide patients with highly personalized, advanced dental care.

In addition to the superior care that technology allows dentists to provide, a digital revolution in dentistry is underway. Therefore, we've put together a dental technology holiday wish list that aims to improve patient experience, outcomes, and production while boosting practice growth and profits.

1. 3Shape Smile Design®

Allow your patients to "see" how transformative a smile makeover can be. For example, with the TRIOS Smile Design, patients can visualize treatment results with their photos to achieve desired results with their dental team. 3Shape also mentions that when a patient's family and friends compliment the case, it strengthens its acceptance rate.

2. Intraoral Scanners

Does your practice take impressions for dentures and other dental implants? In that case, an intraoral scanner could be transformative, making the process easier, more accurate, and less time-consuming for you and your patients.

Traditional mold impressions are one of the most unpleasant (yet necessary) procedures in a dental office. Similar to the 3Shape technology, intraoral scanners allow the patient and dentists a detailed rendering of results before the procedure. With a handheld intraoral device, dentists can quickly scan their patient's mouths to create a replica. This scan can make a 3D digital model to design dentures and crowns.

3. AIRFLOW® Prophylaxis Master

AIRFLOW® is the latest EMS innovation for Guided Biofilm Therapy, providing a unique solution for oral health prevention and maintenance. Biofilm, stains, and young calculus are easily removed supra and subgingivally, reducing the need for hand and power instruments. Scaling is done minimally invasively, irrigation temperature is regulated, and a wireless foot pedal controls the treatment.

4. Dental Software Innovation

Dental software can integrate into existing systems from online patient forms, appointment reminders, online reputation management, patient bookings, phone integrations, and dental office messaging systems for greater cost-effectiveness and ease of use. In addition to reducing busy work and overhead, dental software also automates mundane tasks, giving your patients a more enjoyable experience.

5. Robotics

Headquartered in Miami, Florida, Neocis is the developer and manufacturer of Yomi®, a robotic device for dental surgery aimed at transforming dental surgery using advanced technology. With marketing clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Yomi® works with dental surgeons' capabilities to overcome surgical and treatment challenges and improve overall patient care.

In addition to delivering crucial information to assist with personalized surgical planning, Yomi® robotic haptics also guide the dentist's hand throughout the implant procedure, allowing clinicians to make dynamic adjustments based on their expertise.

6. Chairside CAD

Receiving its fourth Best of Class Technology Award from Cellerant Consulting Group in 2022, ChairsideCAD is a complete open-architecture CAD software platform for single-visit dentistry.

ChairsideCAD's workflow is highly automated, intuitive, and optimized for practice use. Experts can use free design sequences for greater flexibility when new to CAD/CAM, while novices can benefit from wizard-guided workflows.

7. Dental AI (artificial intelligence)

There's a growing trend among dentists to use software to capture insights that enable better clinical decisions. These practices will continue to evolve with AI, allowing clinicians to decide which treatment modalities are most appropriate.

AI has the potential to assist your practice in many ways – from improving the quality of care to enhancing the patient experience to helping you attract new patients and increase revenue.

8. Go Paperless and Digital

A dentist's ability to properly maintain comprehensive and accurate patient records is imperative. Despite this, dental clinics face a significant administrative burden regarding paperwork.

Clinical examinations, diagnosis, procedures, prognosis, and medical history are part of a patient's dental records. Therefore, dental practices must maintain and safeguard a tremendous amount of sensitive, personally identifiable information. That's why one of the most significant benefits of taking your practice digital is the lack of paper! It's also a highly productive way to manage your office and will provide your staff with increased workflow and time management.

It is also possible to record patient monitoring digitally, and patient records can be HIPAA-compliant and acceptable to Dental Boards in case of an investigation.

The Benefits of a Tech Wish List

Due to increasing competition and patient expectations, dental clinics can no longer ignore the digital revolution. Creating a dental tech wish list can help you focus on your priorities. For example, are you more concerned with productivity and time management or with providing advanced services to attract new patients?

Whatever your dental goals, there's technology to help you reach them. With planning and imagination, integrating dental technologies into your practice is within reach.


Author: With over 12 years as a published journalist, editor, and writer Genni Burkhart's career has spanned politics, healthcare, law, business finance, technology, and news. She resides on the western shores of the idyllic Puget Sound where she works as the Editor in Chief for the Incisor at DOCS Education out of Seattle, WA.

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