In Focus: Advances in Dental Medicine

Though the pandemic has significantly impacted how dental practices operate, dentists have been able to navigate these unprecedented times due in part to technological advances. In the new normal, patients can expect to receive not only quality care but experience greater comfort and convenience as well.

Whether you are a newly minted dentist or looking to expand an existing practice, it is wise to consult with an attorney who can help you achieve your objectives in the dental space. In the meantime, let’s take a look at how the practice of dentistry continues to evolve.

Patient-Centered Dental Care

Today, dentistry has become more patient-focused as advances in technology allow dentists to make more accurate diagnoses and provide quicker, more efficient services, such as same-day crowns, implant-supported dentures, and tooth alignment. Moreover, improvements in technology along with greater knowledge of oral health allow dentists to provide preventative rather than solely providing restorative care.

Advanced Diagnostic Tools

There are many tools for preventative care. For example, dentists can now detect cavities with lasers that are able to identify a weakness or a cavity in the tooth. This type of technology allows dentists to monitor teeth with each visit and take action early on.

Two recent innovations in dentistry are computer-assisted design (CAD) and computer-assisted manufacture (CAM) technologies. With these technologies, a crown can be created and applied in one day, rather than sending it to a dental laboratory. Another exciting development is 3D digital imaging, which allows dentists to detect issues with the teeth, tissue, muscle, bone, and nerves.

This technology also allows dentists to make more accurate diagnoses, which can save patients time and money in the long run. In addition, digital dental x-rays enable dentists to detect cavities and other abnormalities, such as cysts, abscesses, and tumors. Digital imaging is also leading to improvements in treatments such as root canal, oral surgery, and dental implants.

A Better Dental Environment

Along with advances in technology and improved diagnostic care, dental professionals are paying more attention to creating satisfying patient experiences. Given that many patients still have fears about seeing a dentist, it is crucial to create a welcoming environment that emphasizes comfort and care.

Why This Matters

The unprecedented challenges facing the dental profession make it imperative to utilize all the resources at your disposal to deliver quality care. Currently, patient volumes have yet to return to pre-pandemic levels, so dentists will need to be nimble and explore growth opportunities whether by forming associations or relying on a dental services organization to reduce administrative overhead. By working with an experienced attorney, you will be able to grow your dental practice and continue providing quality care to your patients.