Dental software: how much do you really know?
Long gone are the days when you go to the dentist, lie back in the chair, and desperately hope that the dentist in the frightening mask isn’t going to move to their left and pick up the biggest drill that you have ever seen! Dental software has definitely moved on from the sort of primitive tools that were used twenty years ago, so much so that you almost would not recognise some of the clever technology that they are able to use absolutely every day in order to help diagnose and treat their patients. So many people who are frightened of the dentist would probably find their fears easier to deal with once they saw how non-invasive so many of the tools are nowadays – but for many people, they just do not have any idea at all what is going on in the world of dental software. How much do you really know? We spoke to Dr Paige Woods, who owns her own dental practice, who gave us some sneak peeks into this brave new world:
It may not seem like it, but one of the most revolutionary areas of dental software is actually in teeth whitening. In the old days, if you wanted pearly white teeth then you would have to go through a pretty intense ordeal to get them, including bleach and a whole lot of guess work on the part of the dentist themselves. As Dr Paige Woods explained, however, that sort of treatment plan is long gone. She is now able to calculate exactly the amount of whitening solution – which is a lot tamer than just plain bleach – that a patient will require in order to achieve the specific type of whiteness that they want, and then give the patient a careful treatment plan that will enable them to get it. This isn’t just randomised guesswork any more.
Tooth decay analysis
Have you ever seen the CompuDent and Single Tooth Anesthesia System? You may have seen it without even realising what you were looking at, and as most dentists like Dr Paige Woods call it the Dental Wand (more about this painless treatment), you may have even had it used on you without you even realising! The Dental Wand is a super non invasive way for a dentist like Dr Paige Woods to examine the inside of your teeth just by moving this clear technology over them. No x-rays, no harmful radiation, no waiting weeks for your results to get back in: this is able to analyse the composition of your teeth in seconds, and given an immediate reading to your dentist to help them decide what kind of treatment plan, if any, you require.
Sleep apnea treatment
This condition affects more people than you may realise, and apart from making a few lifestyle changes, there really is not much that a doctor can prescribe to help with this sleep condition that could end up being incredibly dangerous. Dentists such as Dr Paige Woods however do have an alternative, which include a variety of different sleep apnea appliances that enable the patient to breath much better all the way through the night. Completely non-invasive and not requiring anything like surgery at all, these oral appliances are custom made and uniquely created for each patient so that they fit perfectly, and this dental technology has revolutionised the lifespan of people suffering from this condition.
These are just three examples of the way that dental technology and software is changing, often just underneath our noses, without us really thinking too deeply about what is changing. A big thanks to Dr Paige Woods for talking us through these exciting developments.