It’s no secret that dental technology has improved in leaps and bounds over the past few centuries, dramatically changing the landscape of both our oral health and prosthetic restoration options. We’ve come a long way from trying to replace our own teeth with improvised dentures made out of animal bones and trying to treat an area of decay with a makeshift stone drill and a small dollop of tar. While these archaic techniques once served a purpose, the need for improved restorations is long overdue.
Fortunately, science has risen to the challenge, paving the way for brand-new techniques and devices. While it can sometimes seem as though we’ve finally reached the limitations of what it can do for us, dental researchers and innovators never cease to amaze us with their new technology and methods of treating a wide variety of oral health concerns. Indeed, some of the more incredible discoveries have occurred even in the past decade, opening the doors to a myriad of fresh and exciting techniques and tools for maintaining a healthy smile.
From advanced methods of performing routine diagnostic tests, to custom-fitted restorations crafted through the aid of artificial intelligence (AI) and 3D printing, there’s no shortage of ways dental healthcare providers are transforming the way we care for our teeth. And with these four incredible and highly beneficial inventions now made commonplace and used in dental clinics around the world, having a winning smile no longer has to be an impossible goal reserved for just the noble elites and royalty among us.