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Dental technology has hugely advanced over recent years; and in an industry where 80% of UK adults are visiting the dentist regularly, it’s clear that this is a prominent industry with great career prospects.
It's amazing to think about how much progress has been made in such a short space of time. Today, we have access to an incredible array of dental technologies that make it possible to achieve levels of oral health that were once thought impossible. From simple dental items like the traditional toothbrush to the new smart electric brush, and complex technologies like artificial intelligence, digital dental X-rays, and CAD/CAM dentistry, there is no doubt that dental technology has revolutionised the historical nature of the dental industry.
Let’s explore some of the most important dental technologies that are available today; find out how a BSc (Hons) Dental Technology degree at the University of Bolton can help prepare you for a career at the heart of an evolving industry that directly helps put smiles on people’s faces.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
When we think of the increase of robots taking over the roles of humans in the workplace, AI will probably be at the forefront of your mind.
Historically, a major challenge in the dental industry has been the inconsistency of patient diagnoses across different dentists. This is where machine-learning comes into its element. By creating AI models that train using years of professional dental experience, it can:
- Create more consistency and alignment between dentists and X-rays
- Increase case acceptance and boost patient trust – AI helps to increase the quality of patient care
- Support patient diagnosis – although AI isn’t smarter than a dentist, its ability to encode dentist-level understanding into the deep-learning models means that it can hold much more data than any human is capable of
- Support the dental hiring and training process – the integration of AI in the industry is giving candidates something to be excited about when applying for a job in the industry; making the sector a much more attractive one to enter
With the developments in AI and its integration in modern dental technologies, gaining a job in dental technology has never been so competitive. By studying a dental technology degree in our supportive learning environment under the direct supervision of our experienced lecturers, we will ensure that we give you the industry-required skills to become employment-ready in your dream career.
Digital Dental X-Rays
Another exciting piece of dental technology that is changing the face of dentistry is digital dental X-rays. Used to evaluate a patient's teeth, jaw, and underlying bone structure, these are now essential diagnostic tools. This is because, with traditional 2D X-rays, it can be difficult for dentists to get an accurate picture of a patient's mouth, which can make the diagnosis and treatment planning process more challenging. Digital X-rays solve this problem by providing detailed, 3D images of a patient's mouth that can be viewed from any angle.
This enhanced level of accuracy is particularly useful for implant placement and other complex dental procedures. As a result, digital x-rays are quickly becoming standard process in many dental offices around the world.
CAD/CAM Dentistry Systems
Finally, we have Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) dentistry systems. These systems use CAD and CAM technologies to create custom dental prosthetics like crowns, bridges, and implants. The CAD portion of the system is used to create a digital model of the desired prosthetic while the CAM portion is used to mill or 3D print the prosthetic, according to the specifications set by the CAD software.
What's great about CAD/CAM systems is that they allow dental laboratories to create custom prosthetics very quickly and easily. This convenience factor is one reason why CAD/CAM systems are becoming increasingly popular.
Technologies such as CAD/CAM dentistry systems are prime examples of what would never have been possible before the advancement of dental technologies. At Bolton University, we ensure that we give our students the best possible education that is relevant to the current practice in their chosen industry. That’s why, as part of our dental technology course, we have core modules including the techniques for fixed and removable prosthodontics, as well as orthodontics. Ensuring that by the time you finish your studies, you have the knowledge to successfully fulfil your career ambitions.
Study in our £4.8 million Centre for Dental Sciences at Bolton University
If you’ve looked into studying for a dental technology degree, you’ll probably be aware that we are one of only four UK universities that are currently offering a dental technology course!
At Bolton University, we want to ensure that we stand out. That’s why, situated inside our Queen’s building, we have invested in our state-of-the-art Centre for Dental Sciences; including purpose-built dental laboratories, dental processing rooms, and our commercially sponsored digital dental laboratory. Not only will these facilities allow you to gain the practical experience you need to get a head start in the industry, but we also go one step further. Our dedicated Careers and Employability Team is here to help you gain valuable work placements; helping you boost your skills and gain industry contacts that you can use to help you secure a graduate job. The aim of our dental technology course is to develop students to become employment-ready so they can pursue a successful career.
If you think the University of Bolton is the right place to pursue your ambitions towards becoming qualified as a Dental Care Professional, then read more about our General Dental Council-approved course and find out how to apply by clicking here.
You can also speak to our award-winning Student Services Team and find out anything you would like to know about studying at the University of Bolton by contacting us at email@example.com or calling us on 01204 903807.
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