Dentistry and Dental Technology, what’s the difference?
11 Jan 21
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Dentistry is a field continually developing to suits patient needs better. Through digital advancements, bio-printing and innovative prevention techniques, the future of dentistry is continuously evolving.
In the USA, the ongoing development of diagnostic tools will soon allow patients to avoid exposure to harmful radiation from X-rays. The invention of an electric toothbrush sized scanner which uses lasers to scan teeth in three seconds, and the S-Ray ultrasonic 3D mapping probe, both provide a cheaper and safer way to detect cracks, damage, and disease.
As new advancements begin to replace traditional analogue technology, so does the dental interest in 3D and bioprinting techniques. In America, researchers have successfully printed and built a jawbone from human cells, which could lead to new possibilities for people diagnosed with oral cancers. A research team from the Netherlands are at the forefront of developing 3D printed teeth containing chemicals that could help to prevent tooth decay and improve oral health.
Although the importance of brushing your teeth is at the core of modern-day oral hygiene, innovations focused on the prevention of diseases, bad breath and cavities are going one step further. Many toothbrush manufacturers are now marketing brushes with timers that sync to your phone via an app, cameras, and sensors that track and warn users which areas are being brushed too hard or not enough.
With all the advancements being made in dental care, the future of dentistry looks very different from the familiar practise we see today.
At the University of Bolton, you'll get to study in the £4.8 million Queen's Specialist building, working in purpose-built dental laboratories and dental processing rooms, where our dedicated and experienced team of staff develop students to be ready for the workplace.
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