Technology has affected our lives in many different ways with the aim to make things like paying, travelling and working easier and more efficient. One industry that is being affected by these tech advancements is dentistry!
Did you know that there are scientists growing human teeth in a lab? That there are scientists developing painless procedures that will stimulate your tooth to repair itself if you have cavities? 3D printers that are creating models that ameliorate the issues of accuracy and time associated with hand made models?
I have been researching the relationship between technology and dentistry over the past few weeks and have been working on putting together a feature for my YouTube channel – exploring some of the incredible innovations currently taking place in laboratories across London.
Innovations within the field are awarded in two categories at the annual Dentistry Awards which highlight some interesting new products such as one of the winners last year, Vatech. Vatech UK won the award for their imaging system, the Pax-i3D Smart which produces both 2D and 3D images via a CT scan to dentists vastly improving their work.
When you sit in a dentist’s chair many, including myself, have a feeling of utter dread! That was maybe a bit strong – I get nervous, ok? I find it very hard to relax and have maybe even cried on occasion. The future of the dentist’s chair seems to be in the stages of a revolution of its own seeking to calm patients down via television screens to act as distractions but also to make the chair itself appear more aesthetically pleasing. Such as the sleek, futuristic chair designed by Valerio Tonel below.
There is so much innovation happening across many aspects in the dental industry so keep your eyes peeled for my video highlighting some of the most exciting!
*I do not own the featured image. Source: Valerio Tonel