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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.

     

    The Internet of Things

    The Internet of Things

    The “Internet of Things” is a catch-all term for non-computer “things” that are connected to the internet—think the refrigerator that can order groceries, or the Dash buttons that Amazon makes far too easy to buy. The idea behind it is that, eventually, all of our “things” will all be connected to each other and to information centers around the world.

    Now, imagine Internet-connected teeth.

    It may sound weird, but it’s already started. And if the consumer market is in any indication, that is only the beginning. Imagine dental technicians putting sensors into their crown build-up, including the placement during their CAD process. Or, imagine milling materials that conduct power to a “smart tooth” that can provide information on everything from patient activity levels, to bruxism, to brushing habits and more. A smart tooth could order new floss when tartar levels get too high, or even auto-schedule a dentist appointment when the tooth detects something is off in the oral cavity. For dental technicians, the tooth could even signal when it’s seated in a proper spot as determined in the design phase, making sure that remakes and pressure-related cracks are things of the past. Internet-connected teeth may sound bizarre, but they could have plenty of possibilities for dental labs. 

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

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