With technology advancing as quickly as it does, industries and fields across the world are adapting to keep up. The majority of dentists and dental practices now have sites like AffordableDentalSolutions.com, but some have started embracing things like automation and 3D technology.
University Malaya Faculty of Dentistry Deputy Dean, Associate Professor Dr. Firdaus Hariri made a statement on the matter, saying that technology is very useful for the dentistry industry, though its influence is quite new, and quite costly.
He notes that digital technology, unlike sites like AffordableDentalSolutions.com and online presence, is costly, which is why the industry is slow on the uptake. Dr. Firdaus states that these costs would likely go to the patient.
Dr. Firdhaus, who also operates as a consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon in the University Malaya Medical Centre (UUMC) and the faculty’s Oral and Maxillofacial Clinical Sciences Department, states that IR4.0 is quite new, but is very much a welcome improvement. Among its many benefits, he says, it has eased the discomfort of patients, while also cutting down on the occupational health and safety hazards dentists have to deal with.
He notes how dentists only need to use a scanner, no bigger than a pen, to get an image of the teeth, which can be used to make a model, which, in turn, can be used to produce dental guides, dentures, or crowns, a process that would’ve taken several months in the past.
Dr. Firdhaus notes that IR4.0 can do a lot for the teaching of new dentists, which is why it must be integrated into the curriculum. He admits that it, alongside software and robotics, need to be mastered by the dentistry field or they risk being left behind by the march of technology.
He does concede that while IR4.0 is necessary, it has rendered some skills, and the people who rely on those skills for their jobs, redundant, like technicians In charge of creating dental models.
Disruptive technology, Dr. Firdhaus notes, reduces the need for human presence in every process, but dentistry students still need the basic principle and skills to be able to practice safely and effectively.