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    8 emerging technologies that will change the dental laboratory

    These innovations are already in other industries—and they’re coming to dentistry soon, bringing changes that will have huge implications.

    It doesn’t take much imagination to see how new technologies impact the dental world. It’s usually just a question of how. While some innovations are iterative in nature—think software updates, or slight tweaks geared toward improved or faster usability—some new solutions are so big that the promise for drastic change is felt immediately. Consider the first intraoral scanner; the accuracy and results may have left something to be desired, but the potential was obvious.

    An image of artificial intelligenceOne of the remarkable things about dental technology is how much it borrows from other industries—CAD/CAM came from the manufacturing sector, and it just took some software tweaks to improve the accuracy. Material revolutions have been helped by breakthroughs in the health care sector, using regenerative materials originally developed for other uses in the body. Technologies that were invented without a thought to dentistry have been pulled over and changed dentistry and the dental laboratory forever.

    The dental perspective: 6 coming technologies on the clinician side that are changing dentistry

    With that in mind, here are some consumer and medical technologies currently on the market that have the capacity to shape the dental world for years to come. Some of these technologies have started to come into materials and equipment dental technicians use every day, while others are years away—but all of them may change what dentistry is.

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    Ryan Hamm
    Ryan Hamm is the Editorial Director for Dental Products Report and Digital Esthetics.

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