Smart dental Technology: is it here to stay?

Smart dental Technology: is it here to stay?

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It is almost hard to believe these days just how intrusive new smart technologies have started to become, but in many ways it is hard to imagine our lives without them. Some of us wake up in the mornings to specially heated homes depending on what our smart home meters have told our heating to do, and some of us wear smart devices that start to count our steps as soon as we take a step out of bed. Others will have dietary recommendations based on their smart fridges, and others will drive smart cars that automatically suggest different routes depending on the level of traffic. Some people clock in to their workplace using a smart reader that analyses their fingerprints or their capillaries! It’s amazing just how much we have started to rely on smart devices, but that doesn’t always mean that they are here to stay.


There are plenty of different technologies, after all, that were considered to be the absolute bees’ knees, and were heralded as a way to change the world – and then they sunk into obscurity when they were replaced, and it didn’t take long. One of the problems with smart technology is that the research behind them is always progressing, creating new ideas and new technologies within months that immediately override the former when it comes to their abilities. Technologies that were once smart simply become technology . . . and then out of date technology that no one really wants. But what about when a piece of smart technology is used within an area that is slightly more serious than the home? What about the smart technologies that are used within the medical field, for example? Are they here to stay?

We spoke to an expert dentist from San Diego, Dr Paige Woods, who runs her own dental practice, and also uses a large amount of the new technologies within her dental work. This may surprise a fair number of people because in their minds, the dentist has not really changed in the last twenty years. It may surprise people to know, therefore, that in many ways dentistry has developed hugely in just the last five years, ever expanding its knowledge and creating new ways for dentists such as Dr Paige Woods to be able to diagnose and treat their patients in a much better way. Some of these technologies could easily be described as smart, but in her mind they are definitely here to stay.

Take the Dental Wand, for example. A small piece of technology that can be easily be held in one hand, it may look pretty unassuming but for Dr Paige Woods and many other dentists it has been an absolutely key part of the way that they help their patients for a few years now. Looking like a normal stick, the dentist who is using it just gently passes it over each tooth of the patient – and while they do that, the technology is assessing whether or not each tooth has any decay within it. Hooked up to a computer, it is able to throw out readings of the composition of absolutely every tooth, without any invasive prodding and poking, or even having to cut or scrape into the tooth in order to discover whether it contains any decay or not.

This is, for Dr Paige Woods and many other dentists within her profession, the future of dental technology, and it’s smart. In their minds it is here to stay – unless there are any future developments that make it even easier for them to help their patients.

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