It is a no-brainer that technology is impacting the field of dentistry in so many positive ways. One of the big game-changers is digital technology. This kind of technology is critical to enhancing patient experience and outcomes because it has a number of worthy applications in the dentistry profession. Here is a look at some of the ways in which tech-savvy dentists are using digital systems to improve service delivery to their patients.
Digital check-in systems
In the past, patients needed to check-in with the receptionist at the dental clinic before seeing the dentist. Usually, the receptionist would welcome the patients to the clinic and provide them with a paper form to complete. The patient would then return the completed form to the receptionist and take a seat in the waiting bay, waiting to see the dentist.
With the advent of digital check-in systems, people who go to the dental office no longer have to first go to the reception. On arrival at the office, a patient simply checks-in on a tablet or other digital device by entering and submitting the required personal information to let staff know that they want to be seen. This helps reduce the amount of time taken by staff to perform data entry, meaning patients don't have to wait long to see a dentist.
Many of today's dentists are turning to digital technology to minimise patient exposure to radiation produced by traditional x-rays. With the advent of digital radiography, dentists can now take instant dental images while significantly reducing the patient exposure to the radiation associated with conventional x-rays.
Another type of digital imaging systems that has changed dental practice for the better is intra-oral digital cameras. These cameras have zooming capabilities and create accurate images of a patient's dentition and the supporting structure of the teeth. This helps the dentist carry out a proper diagnosis of the teeth, making it easier to identify any tooth defects. Intra-oral cameras can also be used to help patients improve their oral hygiene practice, e.g. by revealing which areas of the mouth are neglected when brushing or flossing teeth.
As dental technology continues to improve, there is no doubt that more progressive digital systems will be used in the field of dentistry in the days to come. This means everyone should expect better days with regards to the quality of dental service that will be offered in the future.