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Tech in Dentistry: Something to Smile About 🙂

by | May 8, 2017

What comes to mind when you think of the dentist’s office? Perhaps it’s the buzzing sound of drills or the sweet taste of mint.

Usually, high-tech software isn’t the first thing that pops into your head, however, maybe it should be.
The growing popularity of custom orthodontic software has skyrocketed in the field of dentistry in recent years. As technology continues to improve and become more accessible, the number of dental practices implementing custom technology is growing, and for good reason.
The use of dental technology enhances dentist’s accuracy and precision, making their complex profession more manageable.
Below we take a look at some of the new innovations changing the face of dentistry as we know it.

Shade Matching

Filling a cavity, mending a chipped tooth, or having a tooth replaced are not typically thought of as pleasant experiences. In the past, shade matching was left up to the dentist’s opinion when comparing various shade samples. The wrong shade selection could cause a mismatched smile and some very unhappy patients. However, with innovations in dental technologies, there is now software that can mathematically determine and map a tooth’s shade.
Information about the exact shade profile is then shared with the dental lab ensuring a perfect match every time.

3D Modelling & Images

Dental procedures can be complex and unsettling for certain patients. Now with dental 3d modeling software, incredibly accurate 3D images can be created seamlessly allowing patients to see realistic digital representations of their teeth, mouth, and gums. Through these high-resolution 3D images, dentists are aided in making diagnoses, planning treatment methods and more. Additionally, these 3D images can take the place of impressions in the dental or orthodontic office.
When a 3D picture isn’t enough, a 3D printer can create models with pinpointed accuracy.
Instead of dealing with messy plaster and moulds, dental practices can submit a 3D blueprint for easy printing right in their office.
This allows patients to hold 3D representations right in the palm of their hand, faster than ever before.

Dental Imaging

With the growth of smartphones and technology, we are all accustomed to high-quality digital images.
With dental imaging software, patients can see clear and accurate pictures of their teeth and gums with concise notes and treatment options. Programs can be made easy to use and intuitive for those who are less technologically inclined. With certain products, images can be emailed to patients directly for further review. Dental imaging can also be used as a way to simulate the results of a dental procedure.
In Cosmetic dentistry, digital imaging can be used to show the desired effects of bonding, whitening, or implants.

Scopic has helped dental entrepreneurs develop software applications enabling them to stay on top of the latest developments in the industry, from dental imaging to shade matching.
Dentistry and technology’s relationship only continues to deepen, creating better visits to the dentist and more seamless patient care.

Cara Chatellier

Marketing Specialist, Scopic Software

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