Advances in dental technology mean that the industry is likely to take quite a dramatic turn in the next ten years, all to the benefit of the patients and practices.
These predictions are exactly that, but they’re based on ongoing trends and forecasts for the years to come. It’s not just advances in technology however, but the advancement of current procedures, working smarter and efficiently – especially with records and treatments.
Here, we share 5 predictions of what dentistry will look like in 2030:
- EAER – known as Electrically Assisted Enhanced Remineralisation, this treatment involves an electrical pulse that penetrates the tooth. This allows the implementation of remineralisation without the need of needles, making this critical for younger children and those with needle phobias.
- 3D printing – the replacement of teeth using an anti-bacterial plastic will prevent some tooth decay and allow for a pain-free alternative to existing methods. 3D printing is highly cost-effective and, in some respects, can be completed within the surgeries, pending costs and technology at the time.
- Advanced AI – AI is rapidly growing in all sectors and dentistry isn’t the exception. With the right software, AI can identify potential problems from radiographs that could be overlooked or unnoticed with current technology.
- Larger private market – with patient charges increasing, some dentists are being persuaded to go private, meaning that they can set their own prices – potentially to the benefit of those on lower incomes. Still, it will depend on NHS funding.
- An increase in preventative applications – from the results of applications of sealants and fluoride for children, it’s clear these preventative methods improve tooth health. Costs are likely to remain the same, but awareness of the long-term benefits will convince patients to invest in these treatments, thus saving on costs in the future.