International Journal of Oral Health Sciences

: 2018  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 2-

Changing facets of dentistry

BH Dhanyakumar 
 Professor, Department of Prosthodontics Crown & Bridge, Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Davangere, Karnataka, India

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Dr. B H Dhanyakumar
Department of Prosthodontics, Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Davangere, Karnataka

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Dhanyakumar B H. Changing facets of dentistry.Int J Oral Health Sci 2018;8:2-2

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Digital dentistry may be defined in a broad scope as any dental technology or device that incorporates digital or computer-controlled components in contrast to that of mechanical or electrical alone. This broad definition can range from the most commonly thought area of digital dentistry – computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing – to those that may not even be recognized, such as computer-controlled delivery of nitrous oxide.[1]

They have improved the speed and/or quality of practices in several areas such as diagnostic and treatment planning in various disciplines including two-dimensional (2D) or 3D radiography/photography methods and programs used for maxillofacial surgery, implant dentistry, orthodontics, prosthodontics, restorative dentistry, esthetic dentistry, and oral pathology as well as other services such as computer-assisted manufacturing systems (such as CEREC), digital impressions, smart expert systems facilitating treatment planning, software for mechanical simulation of force distributions through oral tissues or dental biomaterials (e.g., finite element method), software for teaching dentistry materials (such as 3D anatomy learning software or 3D surgical procedures simulation programs), digital archiving of patient records and convenient/rapid sharing of them over the internet, digital bibliographic assistance in dental research, or other utilities.

Future advances and changes will see continued decrease in cost, improved software diagnostic capabilities to automatically take measurements and propose implant positions, algorithms that automatically look for asymmetries and pathology to alert the radiologist for further examination, and rapid treatment planning for surgeries.[2]


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