A lot of people hate going to the dentist. There are a lot of reasons for this: some people are afraid of the procedures, while others just find the process boring. Obviously, dentists want to avoid this because putting off regular visits can be harmful to your oral health and many dentists resolve to make their patients’ experience as pleasant as possible. Dentists are trained to be gentle and patient and to help empathize with possible fears and many strive to make their offices a pleasing place to visit. As the 21st century progresses, dentists are also aided by progressing technology.
There are many new advances in dental technology meant to improve the average patient-experience. Dental technology has come a long way over the last decade and now procedures like root canals and crown replacements are easier and faster than ever. Invisalign technology is an improvement over traditional braces and clunky dentures are being replaced by dental implants. But not all the advances in dental technology are procedural, some are simply focused on giving patient’s the best experience possible.
There are several new technologies aimed at creating the most positive and pleasant dental experience for patients. Technological advances are focusing as much on patient experience as much as technique, because it is the overall experience that matters. Patients need to be comfortable going to the dentist to get the best care possible. If you avoid the dentist because of fear or boredom, then it can have dire consequences for your oral health, so instead dentists are aiming to make sure patients have the best care and the best experience possible.
Below is a list of some of the new technologies that are helping to transform patient care and experience:
Molar Media Mount
One of the complaints that patient’s have about going to the dentist is that it’s boring, especially the longer procedures. Sitting in a chair, barely able to move for a couple hours isn’t most people’s idea of a good time. Generally you are unable to read a book and most of the time you can’t even carry on a conversation, because you’re mouth is otherwise occupied.
The molar media mount is a new technology that dentists can attach to their dental light and it allows patients to prop up their tablet and watch a movie or listen to an audio book while the dentist works. This allows the patient to be entertained, yet remain still so that the dentist can work. The noise of the tablet is not any more distracting than a television or radio in the background may be, but more entertaining for the patient since they are the one making the choice.
For dentists looking at ways to keep their patients happy and entertained during long procedures, the molar media mount may be a logical and affordable choice. The technology is relatively inexpensive and unobstrusive since it relies on the patient to provide their own technology, but in today’s tech-dependant society most people have a tablet and would be happy to have a source of entertainment during a long, often boring procedure.
The Canary System
Both dentists and patients can tell you that cavities are unpleasant. They are painful and can cause long-term damage to your teeth if they are not caught early. Yet, it is often hard to detect them in the early stages. Dental x-rays are the most accurate way of detecting tooth damage and decay, but they are most effective once the damage has set in. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way of detecting damage early? Thanks to advances in technology, there is: The Canary System.
What is the Canary System? It is a laser-beam powered camera that scans your teeth and is able to get detailed images. These images allow dentists to pick up on the signs of early tooth damage and decay. This procedure is painless and quick, because the images can be uploaded to a computer while the patient is still in the chair, meaning that once a dentist detects early can decay he can make an immediate decision about care and treatment.
The Canary System doesn’t focus on patient entertainment, but on patient convenience. It speeds up the detection and identification process, cutting down on the length of the dental visit. Plus, early detection is important to preserving oral health and can prevent further damage and expensive and time-consuming procedures down the road, showing that there are both long and short term benefits of the technology.
While adults may dread going to the dentist, they are generally easier to reason with than children. Many children fear going to the dentist, because they think it’ll be painful and boring. This leads to tears and fights and frustrated parents and makes for an unpleasant experience for everyone involved. However, there are new technologies available that aim to make the experience as enjoyable for young patients as possible. One of these techniques is digital-theming.
What is digital theming? It is a name for a type of technology that allows dentists to make their offices more child-friendly. Digital theming is entirely customaziable and options range from digital wall murals to digital hook-up stations that can be equipped with gaming systems to entertain children while they wait for their procedures. This technology transforms an ordinary dentist’s office to a play-land that children will want to visit over and over, cutting down on the tears and arguments that usually accompany a trip to the dentists office.
Options for Everyone
These are just some of the ways in which technology is transforming the every-day dental experience. These tools, and others like them, are aimed at creating a more pleasant and relaxing experience for patients, both young and old, in the hopes of eliminating that feeling of dread that often accompanies a trip to the dentist.
Oral care is so important and one of the best things we can do for our teeth is to make sure that we get regular care, which means regular trips to the dentist. Thanks to new technology, those trips just became a little more enjoyable, so now we can have a fun experience and healthy teeth all at once.
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