Things are changing in the dental world and Toronto dentist Cameron Clokie has the inside scoop on what is making waves in the industry. According to Cameron Clokie, blockchain technology is starting to become an influential part of the dental world. Blockchain technology is a special type of data that is open source and accessible to the public. You might have heard about Bitcoin in conjunction with the word blockchain. In essence, blockchain is a type of public record that is unchangeable. It can be configured to contain a specific type of data and can be transferred from user to user, creating an uninterrupted chain of information.
For the startup company Dentacoin, they intend to create a revolutionary new way for dentists to gain their patients feedbacks. Cameron Clokie wouldn’t be the first dentist to note that feedback is difficult to gain from their patients and most dentists need this kind of patient information so they can improve their practices. In the competitive world of dentistry, feedback is one of the most valuable things out there. Dentacoin is capitalizing on this by utilizing blockchain technology to allow customers to upload their feedback onto the blockchain in exchange for a Dentacoin, which represents a type of currency that would allow for a patient to pay for dental services with it. This allows for dentists to incentivize their patients and receive the feedback they desperately need..
In addition to blockchain technology, 3D printing is also becoming an exciting new part of the dental industry. Thanks to the ability to scan a patients teeth and create 3D printed replicas of their jaws, a dentist no longer needs to worry about using molds, an invasive, uncomfortable and frustrating method to gain teeth profiles. A 3D printed tooth model is exact, meaning that the dentist is able to get every accurately scanned, giving them the ability to create things such as high quality braces and even dentures from these 3D scans.
Dr. Clokie says that Lasers are also playing a new role in the updated dental tech. Traditionally, finding signs of decay took a lot of work, either through the use of X-rays or the dental drill. These methods weren’t very accurate in terms of decay prediction. However, a laser scan of a patients mouth is quick, painless and can accurately predict tooth decay with an accuracy of upwards to 93%. These numbers are both stunning and exciting when you consider how much time and energy can be saved in the tooth inspection process by using a cheap and easy to utilize laser system. X-Rays come in at a very distant second in terms of accuracy with prediction being correct only 27% of the time.
Overall, dentistry is changing and for the better. The medical industry might not be the fastest to adapt to new technology, but these breakthroughs in the dental world are going to help a lot of people, and more importantly blaze the trail for even more technological advancements. Who knows, maybe in ten years the dental drill will be a thing of the past? For more on Cameron, be sure to follow him on social media: https://twitter.com/CameronClokie