Digital Technology: An easy trend to predict is the expanded use of digital technology. What is not so easy to predict is how that technology will be used. For example, in 2004 everybody expected use of the Internet to grow but very few people predicted Facebook.
In dentistry, digital records, digital radiographs and digital photography already predominate. The next big change, already underway, will be digital impressions. Future technologies will include diagnostics and artificial intelligence.
Diagnostics: Digital high tech diagnosis is one of the most exciting trends in both dentistry and medicine, a trend that will revolutionize what it means to be a health care professional. We are very close to the sci-fi Tricorder used by Dr. McCoy in Star Trek. That is a device that will scan a person and detect physiologic changes that indicate disease.
Cloud-based diagnostics using a type of artificial intelligence will be used to analyze all kinds of scanned physiologic data including radiographs and photos. These diagnostic services will be able to detect minute physiological changes and compare them to a vast data base to determine if the change is pathological. The skills of a master diagnostician, that is the ability to detect physiological changes and compare these to remembered diseases, will be replaced by a computer. Continue reading
To understand what dentists should look for in 2015, we asked a number of experts about their opinions on this year’s trends. This is what Zachary Kulsrud, managing editor of Dental Economics, had to say:
When asked to write this blog post, I knew I was not the ideal person to answer this question: “Where is dentistry going in 2015?” That question would be best answered by a CEO of a major dental manufacturer, a key opinion leader in the prime of his/her career, or an prophet from ancient Greek mythology … you take your choice. However, as someone who works in dental media, I can answer that question from a different angle. Each day – and I do mean every day – my colleagues and I look at what dental professionals are reading. More truthfully, we look at what they are clicking. With each mouse click on one of our stories, our audience tells us what they know, what they don’t know, and whether or not we’re doing our jobs. Continue reading
As part of our series on upcoming dental trends for 2015, we reached out to Dr. Michael Cohen, founder of the Seattle Study Club®, for his thoughts. Here is what he shared with us:
- Laboratories will try to expand their services to become full-service providers for general practitioners in their communities. The labs will provide assistance in planning cases, providing the parts, offering their own team service providers (surgeons) and fabricating restorations.
- Corporate dentistry will continue to attract more graduates who are in debt and are unable to purchase practices right out of school or residency.
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To understand what dentists should look for in 2015, we asked a number of experts about their opinions on this year’s trends. This is what Dr. Edward Shellard had to say:
- From a restorative dentistry perspective, I see a rise in chairside milling. Thanks to the popularity of CAD/CAM systems, I think doctors are beginning to realize the benefits of performing restorations within the practice—not just for their patients, but for their bottom line.
- Intraoral scanning will also become bigger in 2015. While there may be certain cases where taking traditional impressions is necessary, you can’t argue that 3D intraoral scanning is more comfortable for patients and more convenient for practices and labs. Along those same lines, I think we will see a merger of 3D intraoral data sets with CBCT date for implant planning and placement. Continue reading