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The digital age is really upon us--and this is also changing the way we take care of our teeth.
We can see technology permeating every facet of our lives. Banks and restaurants have started to innovate by releasing apps that make transactions easier and faster, with just a click of a button. We have started to rely less on pen and paper and more on tablets, laptops, and smartphones. Manual filing in offices and personal back-up of files have become streamlined thanks to new softwares and the ability to store information on the cloud.
So what's stopping us from digitizing and innovating one of the most important aspects of our health, which is dental health?
What is digital dentistry?
Digital dentistry is much like any other field or process made better by technology. It's dentistry that utilizes technologies, machines, equipment, and devices by incorporating digital or computer-controlled components to carry out dental procedures.
While dentists are usually equipped with the tools and knowledge that they need to take care of our teeth, innovations in dentistry enable dentists to have access to immediate and more detailed information to deliver the most accurate and efficient results for increased patient satisfaction.
Digital dentistry started to become the favored option of treatment in many countries like Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, and Thailand as early as 2006, but the fast-paced world has started to demand more digitized dentistry in the recent years.
Advantages of digital dentistry
From something as simple as dental scheduling to more complicated procedures and prosthodontics, digitizing the dental process makes things quicker, more accurate, and even less painful.
Thanks to computer-assisted design and computer-assisted manufacture or CAD/CAM, dental restorations such as crowns, veneers, bridges, inlays, and onlays can be fabricated so much quicker to the convenience of both the patient and the dentist. This technology allows even the most extensive case to be completed on the same day, which would otherwise require two or more visits to complete.
Remember the days when you'd be more anxious and scared of dental implants because of the possibilities of infection, too much pain, wrong bite, or even improper positioning of the implant? All of those scary scenarios are lessened by Cone Beam CT and guided surgery, a form of computerized tomography that provides dentists with a quick 3D image of a patient’s oral or maxillofacial anatomy and makes implant placement easier and more predictable, which helps ensure greater treatment success.
Add digital X-rays, which are much more comfortable and emit significantly less radiation than traditional X-rays. Digital radiographs allow dentists to magnify images for greater diagnostic accuracy, ensuring more timely and appropriate treatments.
Probably one of the biggest breakthroughs in digital dentistry is the use of dental lasers, a technology that simplifies procedures that were once complex and sometimes required patients to undergo painful healing periods. With dental lasers, patients are less likely to require sutures for some procedures, anesthesia may not be needed anymore to manage pain, infections are less likely because the lasers already sterilize the gums, healing times are shorter because of less damage to the gums, and there will be less pain and less bleeding in dental surgeries.
So Why GAOC?
Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC) is one of the leading chains of dental centers in Southeast Asia that offers digital dentistry at par with some of the world's best. This is also why Dr. Steve Mark Gan's GAOC is the favored and trusted brand of celebrities, personalities, and even doctors. Countless of celebrities and socialites attest to the quality of service at GAOC, and how it changed the way of going to the dentist and taking care of our teeth.
All of GAOC's 10 branches around the country offer only the best in digital dentistry, and all of their dentists and staff undergo specialized trainings and seminars abroad. And because of digital dentistry, they are able to improve their practice and provide the patients with more efficient and aesthetically pleasing output with an altogether more comfortable and convenient patient experience.