Modern Technologies within Dental Hygiene Procedures
Modern technology has brought in a lot of improvements in many areas of our life, and one of them that has benefited from this is the medical field to include also the dental hygiene field. These improvements can be easily recognized in the dental equipment through which many difficult surgical interventions can be performed. More than this, the technological advancements have optimized the way a diagnosis is set increasing as such the preventive measures that are required for a better maintenance of the oral hygiene.
The procedures that are run within this medical field have become more convenient in handling them due to the efficient new tools that have been introduced in this area. Dentists are given now the possibility to make use of advanced screening tools to detect oral cancer, digital radiography, along with mini-cameras that can make the intra-oral procedures easier to perform. As a result the processes required by dental hygiene operations do not take long hours to be conducted and thus the patient is faster intervened upon.
Let’s compare the past and the present of these dental procedures to have a better understanding of these benefits:
* Digital radiography in the present – its benefits go for eliminating the use of radiation and chemicals that were involved within conventional methods. They still are present within this new technology only that they happen to a minimal level while the procedure is faster and thus the patient is exposed only for a few seconds to this type of procedure.
* Mini cameras for intra-oral use – bring the benefits of having a deeper view inside a patient mouth as compared to the past procedure when only the dentist was the one to look inside missing as such many important areas in patient’s mouth. More than this, the students nowadays can have the chance to make use of this tool for their documentation as a better way to educate themselves in dentistry procedures and various cases.
* Tools for tooth decay and detection – bring in the use of laser as compared to the conventional way of using quantitative light fluorescence.
* Whitening procedures and re-mineralization therapy – while all these weren’t that popular in the past, nowadays patients can benefit from teeth whitening and re-mineralization of their teeth with the use of calcium, fluoride, and phosphate. These procedures have become an extra source of income for those practicing dental hygiene.
* Dental chair system – is improved with flat screen monitor, ergonomic design of the chair and charting created by computer.
* Dental surgical loupes – are improved in the present days with a greater clarity for setting a better diagnosis.
The improvements described above are merely a few introduced by the modern technology, but they are by far the most important ones. God knows what we will see it coming in the future, since there is always room for more.