Doomadgee State School will now receive some healthy new smiles all thanks to a collaborative initiative with North West Hospital and Health Service (NWHHS) and Gidgee Healing. An oral health group from the former organization will partake in a six-week program at the institution, providing dental check-ups, medication, and insights on how to maintain the “Deadly Smile.”
NWHHS Senior Dentist Dr. Rachael Seadon notes the expedition will be their first to utilize tele-dental technology. She has further revealed the team will have a multidisciplinary make-up, constituting a dental therapist, an oral health specialist, and pediatric dentist. A site at the Doomadgee State School will be designated to harbor the signature Gidgee Healing Dental van wherein the NWHHS members will provide the requisite services. She’s also mentioned of the undertaking’s main goal: to see children in the Doomadgee community receiving eminent dental care; under continual supervision by an accomplished dentist at Mount Isa Hospital, through a novel tele-dental implement.
The new tool features a minute intra-oral camera capable of comprehensively scanning the teeth and mouth. It does so while recording a video which is then dispatched to the Mount Isa dentist for assessments. Dr. Seadon asserts that even though teledentistry is currently in the pilot phase, it can significantly enhance access to dental consultation services in remote regions.
With novel advancements in Artificial Intelligence being devised by the minute, it’s evident that robots may soon have the capability of conducting operations on patients by themselves.
But even as we anticipate this situation, China has recently overseen a robot dentist installing two dental implants on a woman. Written accounts from South China Morning Post are claiming it could be the first fully automated dental implant surgery. It is salient to note however that human doctors oversaw the entire process but did not actively partake in it. The operation, which was conducted in the township of Xi’an, had initially been brought to light by the state-sponsored Science and Technology Daily. The post revealed the bot was adhering to a set of pre-programmed commands in fixing the oral implants in place. Specialists mentioned of how the undertaking was accurate (an error margin of 0.2-0.3 mm), and it most importantly conformed to standards outlined by the field’s regulatory bodies.
Some dental specialists cited by the Science and Technology Daily assert that robots can now safely handle operations within narrow spaces like oral cavities, with more efficiency and accuracy.
It undoubtedly seems as if the dentistry field is pioneering the use of robotics in the health sector since the feat is becoming increasingly prevalent in root canal surgeries, orthodontic procedures, and student training too.
Cosmetic dentistry undertakings including teeth straightening, whitening, and bonding have become more prevalent in recent times. So, presented below are few insights to consider before plunging oneself in the procedures.
Success starts with a blueprint
Dentistry professor Edmond Hewlett asserts that a blueprint is needed to not only unravel what is most attractive to an individual but also what suits him/her best. He cites a veneer case study, noting that other than models, computer simulations, and photographs, a comprehensive interview with the patient is needed to ascertain what will please him/her emotionally.
Comprehending logistics and advantages of various treatments
Whitening is one of the most prevalent cosmetic dentistry procedures. But many partake in it without knowing that its maintenance is quite demanding and can be a dire expense. Consumption of coffee,
cigarettes, and red wine after treatment can easily get one back to square one.
Porcelain veneers from acclaimed manufacturers, on the other hand, are now being dubbed as the crème de la crème of cosmetic dentistry, as their offering a more conservative, a more aesthetic and a long-lasting yield.
Enquire about cost of treatments
Cosmetic dentistry undertakings are priced according to the extent of which a tooth/oral region will be modified. The expenses will also vary dramatically depending on whether one is being catered for via a take-home system or an in-office approach.
The dentistry domain has in recent times overseen novel advancements, one of them being the primary prefabricated zirconia crowns. These have particularly paved the way for improved and more aesthetic restorations amongst parents and children alike. The technology caters to all primary teeth: molars, cuspids, plus incisors; and the application of the crowns entails milling or injection molding.
The Zirconia material, which serves as the crown make-up in totality, has been noted for many advantageous attributes over its counterparts. Firstly, it offers the flexural strength that greatly surpasses that of a natural tooth, and can also withstand wear at a similar rate. Additionally, prefabricated zirconia crowns can have their configurations altered upon subjection to high temperature and pressure, therefore, a trial and error approach can be used in tailoring one to suit a specific patient.
Steps for preparation and cementation
The process first begins with the subject receiving a dose of anesthesia, and then the portion to be treated is isolated via an Isodry system. What follows is the delivery of copious levels of water and tapered diamond burr via a high-speed hand-piece to reduce occlusion at the area of operation. Sub-gingival preparation is then conducted through a similar approach, but with a finer burr. The aforementioned procedures ensure the crown fits passively without any impediments.
The conventional means of identifying symptoms of gum disease entails painful probing with sharp implements. The approach is undoubtedly time-consuming and may in some incidences result in injury. But most importantly, it has left patients dreading the experience, while dental hygienists and specialists fear they may fail to unravel salient signs as they take precaution on the undertaking.
Dr. Arezou Goshtasbi, a dentist, overseeing an oral hygiene course at Concorde Career College, points out that dental probing is a key component in dental exams and requisite to identify gum disease which can plague oral tissue and eventually lead to tooth loss. He, however, castigates the common method of ascertaining periodontal disease which involves the use of hook-shaped tools to measure pocket depth – the spaces in between the teeth and the gum which deepen with an oral ailment.
Now, a study expedition published in the Journal of Dental Research has addressed the concern by coming up with a non-invasive methodology of partaking in the activity. It involves the gargling of squid ink: a melanin nanoparticle-filled liquid that soaks up a lot of light. The residue squid ink expands upon subjection to laser light to in turn yield pressure variations in the gum pockets which are easily recognizable via photo-acoustic ultrasound. Assessments of the sound waves then enable the creation of a detailed 3D representation of the subject area in a significantly lesser time when compared with the
Anyone bound to undergo a major dental undertaking or reconstructive surgery will attest that it’s quite difficult to visualize what they’ll look like afterward beforehand. Conventional methodologies employed in catering to this concern include casts and wax molds, but these now appear to be outdated, and furthermore, their applicability is somewhat limited to a few dental expeditions.
A Swiss startup has however addressed the concern by employing augmented reality to provide patients with a virtual view of the smile they could have. Kapanu, a subsidiary of ETH Zurich technical university, initially developed an augmented reality model to cater generally to the medical domain, but they opted to channel their efforts on dentistry with the first prototype.
It functions by relaying image sets of good teeth on a user’s 3D scan of the mouth cavity. An array of options tweaking the appearance are available, an example being changes on the shape and configuration of the teeth. A patient will then alter the settings to choose the preview that suits him/her best, after which the representation will be sent to the manufacturer for production of replacement teeth or to a specialist involved in an oral undertaking.
The feat was pitched at the International Dental Show in Cologne last winter, wherein it raised eyebrows amongst acclaimed firms in this corner of the health world.
Smile, you’re in augmented reality dentistry