The Advancement In Modern Dental Hygiene Operations

The gaming industry is probably one of the most progressive industries when it comes to new technology. Perhaps most people are into games and gadgetry that some technological advancement in other fields of industry is overlooked. But the good thing is that the medical field has not been overlooked and the dental hygiene operatory has seen a lot of improvements over the decade. These technological advancements in dental equipment and operations have maximized diagnostics and enhanced preventive processes to maintain good oral hygiene.

Dental procedures have now become more convenient since dental hygienists are provided with effective and efficient new tools of the trade. The optimization of diagnostic tools such as digital radiography, oral cancer screening tools, and intra-oral cameras have made dental procedures easier. The results are quicker and patients do not have to wait for several hours to know the next step.

Here is a comparative view of how dental procedures were done before and how it is done now:

1) Digital radiography – The conventional method involved as higher risk due to the use of radiation and chemicals. Today’s new technology still involves radiation and the use of chemicals but to a minimized level yet with quicker and clearer assessment of the problem.

2) Intra-oral cameras – In the past, dentists just rely on what they can see and most of the times neglect areas in the mouth that are too remote for visibility. Now that intra-oral cameras are available, it has become a great tool for documentation and the best resource for dental education for both patients and dentistry students.

3) Caries (tooth decay) diagnostic and detection tools – The old method used quantitative light fluorescence while today’s tools use laser technology which is less invasive.

4) Quick teeth whitening procedures and remineralization therapies – Teeth whitening was not popular nor was it offered as in dental clinics. Dental hygienists can now offer teeth whitening and remineralization of the teeth using fluoride, calcium, and phosphate. These procedures are also additional revenue for dental hygienists.

5) Dental chair system – If cars are equipped with GPS, then modern dental chairs include flat screen monitors, ergonomic chair design, and computer aided charting technologies. There are several other additions to the dental chair system which even verge on wireless solutions.

6) Dental surgical loupes – Dentists can now see with greater clarity due to magnification for precise diagnosis. They can even customize the frame, colors, and lens placement of their dental loupes.

These are just a few of the advancement in dental procedures today. We may not know what else could be available in a few months. Yet for sure computer-aided procedures will stay and integration of comfort is fast becoming the next big thing in dentistry. Who would not prefer a spa-like dental clinic anyway?