Dentistry is one of the most progressive health care fields that has seen a lot of technological advancements in the last few years. In just a couple decades, dentistry has made a very big leap from using basic instruments and tools to now using modern machinery and computers. While traditional instruments are still used, technological advancements have helped to make standard procedures more comfortable, efficient, and effective.
Nowadays with the latest inventions, patients can now get faster and more accurate solutions to the current dental issues they are facing. Here are some of the top diagnostic and therapeutic dental technologies that have transformed the practice of dentistry.
Digital X-rays are less harmful, contain less radiation, and are much faster compared to the traditional X-rays. They provide a way of dental professionals capturing dental images and transforming them easier on a computer’s screen. When an X-ray is done to a patient, the image appears on the computer’s screen in just seconds for the dentist to assess it.
Laser Cavity Detector
Nowadays, lasers are used for a wide range of dentistry procedures. For instance, laser cavity detector technology has become more efficient and eliminates discomfort to almost zero percent. For instance, Dr. Orvin Leis in Alexandria, MN is dentist who is realizing profound improvements with DIAGNOdent, an advanced laser cavity detector that can help pinpoint cavities that are invisible to the eye.
Apart from detecting cavities, some of the other procedures where lasers are used include reducing tooth sensitivity, whitening, and getting rid of tumors. Since all forms of bacteria are eliminated when lasers are used, there is normally no risk of any complications or further problems.
Intraoral cameras are used by dentists and even patients to see if there are any any tooth defects. These intraoral cameras provide precise and clear images which are up to 40 times larger than the actual size of even the hardest places to see inside a patient’s mouth.
Dentists can conduct thorough check ups of patient’s mouth and also asses their oral needs using them. Also, as the dentist shows the patient these images, they can proceed to educate them on their oral needs.
Dental implants are very useful when it comes to restoring smiles to patients with missing teeth. Dental implants are often a screw replacement for a patient’s root portion of the missing teeth. When dental implants are used to replace patients missing teeth, it gives them the feeling and look they had when they had their natural teeth.
The Wand is a small hand held computerized tool that looks like a pen, designed to administer anesthesia to dental patients in a more gradual manner. With this tool, injections become more comfortable, easier, and less painful to dental patients. The Wand is also much easier for dental professionals to use.
Even with these new technological advancements, more and more are still being developed. It is therefore very important for dental professionals to catch up with the rest of the world. In the next decade, the changes will be so dramatic and it will be a really exciting time for dental professionals. With these new and coming advanced dental technologies, patients are promised of a more efficient and comfortable dental visits.
The aim of modern spinal surgery is to maximize the functionality of the patient’s spine and speed up the recovery time. As the medical field has evolved more and more to emphasize reducing the amount of trauma that the body experiences during surgery, the use of minimally invasive techniques and technologies have become at the forefront of the medical community.
Minimally-invasive surgery has evolved with the use of robot-guided systems. Today, robotic spinal fusion surgery has become a staple among orthopedic surgeons. And moving forward, robotic spine surgery will shape the future of minimally-invasive procedures.
Robot-Guided Spinal Surgery
Robots are the new technologies guiding surgeons in the operating room as they treat various types of spinal injuries. Robotic spinal fusion surgery is a development that offers benefits to both doctors and patients alike. They offer improved safety to both complex and minimally invasive spinal surgeries.
When placing implants, doctors previously placed screws in the spinal columns of patients using x-rays and freehand judgment to decide on where to put them. These methods had their drawbacks as the X-rays were a constant source of radiation for the patients and doctors and the freehand method did not promise great measures of accuracy. The risk that doctors took involved permanently paralyzing their patients.
The use of robotic spinal surgery has promised a greater degree of accuracy in spinal surgeries, resulting in a higher success rate. Doctors use the Mazor Robotics‘ Renaissance System (the name of the robot) to have greater control over where screws are placed as the robot provides the doctor with a guidance system of where they should go. This new development from Mazor Robotics has increased the accuracy of spinal fusion surgery to a degree of 1mm.
In addition to cases that demand disc replacement surgery and related operations, robotic spinal fusion surgery is one of several surgeries that surgeons can perform safely using the Mazor robot and reduce the amount of radiation that patients are exposed to while reducing the risks of complications and recovery time.
How It Works
The only robotic system being used in the United States to implant screws during spinal surgery is the Mazor Robotics Renaissance System. This system enables doctors to use CT scan images that are taken prior to the surgery to build a well thought-out plan of how the surgery will be performed. The CT image is then uploaded into a planning system with a 3D display that allows the surgeon to walk him or herself through the entire surgery before it has even began.
When the surgery starts, the surgeon is responsible for all of the physical work. The Mazor Robotics system is minimally-invasive spine surgery technology that is only used to guide the surgeon’s actions, based on the accurate planning that went on before the surgery. The robot itself is small, about the size of a 500ml soda can with a small appendage attached. The robot’s mobility allows it to turn and place its arm right on the spot where the surgeon wants to place the implant.
The precise guidance that the Mazor Robot provides helps surgeons to place implants safely, especially when working with small incisions that make the surgery as minimally invasive as possible. The system is also equipped with SpineAssist, a platform that enables surgeons to conduct robotic spine surgery with great precision and accuracy.
The Mazor Robotics system has also experienced great success in other robot-guided spinal surgeries. Before the use of this robot, spinal surgeons were forced to expose a large area of the spine in order to effectively fuse separate segments of the spine that had become misaligned. Minimally-invasive robotic spine surgeries for spinal fusion are preferred as there is less damage to the surrounding tools however doctors require complex viewing tools such x-rays to make up for the lack of visibility.
In a study that reviewed 635 different surgeries that involved spinal implants they found a 98.3% accuracy in the placements where robot-guidance was used. Radiation doses have also dropped by 56% since the use of Mazor robotics gained widespread use.