Are you worried about the future of dentistry? Don't be! Automation is changing the dental industry rapidly, and it's an exciting time to be a part of it. While the digitalization of dentistry is not yet complete, there are some minor changes that have already been implemented, such as automated patient scheduling and automated tool cleaning. But don't worry - you'll still get to enjoy the practical elements of dental technology. So what can you expect from automation in dentistry? Well, some of the most difficult tasks to automate are those that require judgment and a human eye.
Anesthesia has been automated for some years now, but the industry got rid of it out of fear of losing jobs. There may be elements of automated dentistry, but you will still enjoy the practical elements of dental technology. To get an idea of what automation in dentistry will look like, think about which parts of the dentist's work are repetitive (these will be automated) and which require judgment and a human eye (these will be automated much later). For example, fully automating treatment planning so mid-level providers can enter all results and the computer automatically generates the optimal treatment plan, with the ability to add modifications for insurance and patient preferences.
But with so many dentists complaining about back pain in the neck, why don't they have flat beds to move with automation and hover the mouse over the patient? This could be a great way to reduce strain on dentists while still providing quality care. At the end of the day, no one knows for sure what automation will bring to dentistry. But one thing is certain - it's an exciting time to be a part of this industry!.