Technological Advancements in Dentistry

Dentistry has come a long way in its history and with the fast-paced lifestyle of many Americans today and the reality that many children and adults are afraid of the dentist, dental technology has continued to evolve and improve. Technology in dentistry has made the patient's dental visit more comfortable and efficient. New dental technology seems to come out each year so as to give dentist a way to better and more accurate diagnose dental issues as give the patient a better dental experience.

If you're wondering what king of new dental technology is about to roll out or which has already been adopted, you're in luck. Here is a small list of the latest dental technology:

Digital Dentistry and 3D Printing

With 3D printers becoming smaller and more sophisticated, they are increasing becoming a part of every dental office. Current 3D printers can produce custom, same-day crowns and implant abutments. New 3D printers will be capable of yielding night guards, bridge models, surgical guides and stone models.

Enhanced Visualization Tools

Issues of the mouth are often hard to see, even by a dentist. Magnification tools are important to any dentist. However, there isn't a single tool that features multiple magnifications, until now. There is now a visualization tool called OmniOptic by Orascoptic, which gives dentists the ability to change between 2.5 and 5.5 times magnification.

The same company has also come out with Spark, a cordless headlight that can be worn with eyewear or loupes.

Failed Implant and Prosthesis Repair

Dental implants, crowns and dentures can break and fail over time. Usually, these require that the appliance be replaced. With the Locator F-Tx Fixed Attachment System by Zest Dental Solutions can fix failing dental prosthesis saving the patient money and time.

Improved Digital Impressions

Good impressions come from good models and scans which come from great, accurate scans. With the RIO 3 intraoral scanner, dentists can get color or black and white images all with being wireless and cart of pod set up. This scanner not only provides detailed photos with precise coloring and shade measurements but is also enhances the patients' dental office experience.

Digital cameras also have undergone improvements and now feature preset modes, take vibrant, clear, detailed photos, are user-friendly and are resistant to water and chemicals.

Advanced Lasers

Lasers have become an accurate and safe way to conduct tight dental procedures in the mouth. Lasers have been used to eliminate oral cancer cells to perform precise incisions. With the first dual-wavelength soft tissue diode laser in production, it will be a matter of time before lasers will be able to perform more dental procedures including crown lengthening, exposing unerupted teeth, recover implants and cut out and drain teeth abscesses.

Bluetooth Toothbrushes

As if electronic toothbrushes weren't enough, "smart" electronic toothbrushes that run on Bluetooth. These toothbrushes include a location sensor, scrubbing sensor, pressure sensor, a mouth map and customized coaching for better dental health care.

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Technological Advancement in Health Communication in Less Developed Countries

Direct communication in health care can take place via forms of social media such as Skype, zoom and video conferencing. Traditional forms of communication such as telephone, notes and letters can continue to be used for information sharing between health providers and patients. For example, doctors and patients can text and send messages to one another. It is imperative that social media messaging be used to reduce the time taken to obtain knowledge on patient condition and general wellbeing.

The use of social media communication tools should not make indirect communication obsolete. In instances of technology resistance and lack of access to social media, health providers will be required to communicate face to face with patients and their relatives. Sometimes it may be easier and faster to communicate with patients via other media such as third parties. Doctors and patients can communicate via third parties such as nurses, personal caregivers, family and relatives of patients who may be unable to communicate. In other instances, it may be advantageous for family or caregivers to inform patients of their condition. A spouse or parent may be empathetic in conveying negative news to patients.

As a small island developing nation, Trinidad and Tobago faces serious health challenges that can be minimized by appropriate investment in social media technology. The major challenges include shortage of ambulances, bed shortages, and acute shortage of highly specialized medical knowledge and practice. Three additional acute problems are hospital overcrowding, limited availability of biomedical technology and drug shortages. These problems are exacerbated by traffic congestion that results from poor road infrastructure. Health and infrastructural challenges often combine to impact the quality of healthcare for patients with limited access to health facilities negatively.

This paper proposes that the quality of patient care for less critically ill patients can be enhanced by the adoption of social media tools that will enable doctors and other health providers to see and hear their patients in remote sites such as specialized care facilities and patient residences. The main intention of social media usage is to reduce overcrowding, improve access to healthcare, promote effective pain management and reduce patient death or mortality. Many patients can be released from hospital and be cared for at convalescent and private homes where providers can monitor and evaluate their progress via Skype, video conferencing, zoom or other appropriate technology.

The state can promote technological advancement and innovation to make social media tools widely accessible, highly reliable and very efficient. Investment in innovation should lead to the introduction of local media technology that can enhance the phenomenon of multiple users at the same time. For instance, doctors, pharmacists, nurses and other health providers should be able to interface simultaneously in order to ensure patients receive the best care. The doctor will maintain the primary provider role but should be able to take advice from other providers who may spend more communication time with patients. Finally after health providers have attained a position of consensus on the way forward, patients and …