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Dentistry is a field ripe with innovations. Every year, new inventions and ideas come out that change the face of modern dentistry forever. One of the biggest innovations that is sweeping the industry is the use of robots and 3D printing. These two pieces of technology have made leaps and bounds and enabled dentists to do things that were not necessarily possible before, and they have also made several aspects of dentistry much more convenient for the dentists themselves. Here are a few of the ways in which robots and 3D printing have forever changed the face of dentistry for the better:
Increase in Precision and Accuracy
Dentists have always tried to be as precise as possible in their work, but like all humans, they can at times be flawed. Fortunately, with new advances in robotic technology, drilling, especially for the use of dental implants, should be several times easier and much more accurate. While there are still steps that the dentist will need to take ahead of time to ensure accuracy, like mapping out the tooth digitally so the robot knows where to go, the computer will be able to do most of the work as the dentist guides the robotic drill from behind the scenes--drilling the hole and placing the implant in a timely and efficient manner with a very small margin for error, thus greatly decreasing the time needed for recovery.]
Reduced Wait Times For Specialty Products
If you need a crown, dentures, or other items that require molding, you usually have to wait a while before you are able to get the item in your mouth. 3D printing changes all of that. Instead of waiting weeks at a time and having to schedule repeat visits for your crown, you can now receive the crown the same day in the dentist's office in 10 minutes or less. Although only about 10% of dentists in the profession currently use 3D printers, there is no denying that these are major innovations that get patients' problems fixed sooner and often send them home with a solution the same day; meaning that the odds of these printers being used more and more in the dental industry are fairly high.
Training For Dentists No Longer Requires Real Patients
No longer do students in dentistry school need to test out their procedures and training on other humans. Rather, there are robots with lifelike personalities that are able to function as stand-in humans for this very purpose. These robots are designed to act in ways that real humans would during a typical dental procedure, thus preparing the future dentists for just about anything. Indeed, dentistry students are able to learn how to safely work on a patient who sneezes, coughs, or even moves around during the procedure. In some cases, the robots can even react to "pain" if the drill or other dental tools get too close to a nerve. All of these simulated reactions provide dentists-in-training with the knowledge and skills they will need when they encounter such scenarios in the real world.
Robotics and 3D printing have always been intriguing technologies since they were first introduced to the world, and they have continued to offer benefits in a wide variety of ways. The dental industry is just one of the many industries in which these technologies has had a positive impact. As more innovations and advances continue to be made, it will be interesting to see the ways in which dentistry continues to shift and grow, making changes to better the industry in the modern world.