As we have already stepped into 2024, a year of new opportunities and doors to open, the dental market is also set to undergo a noticeable and pretty advanced transformation. As the dental market has always been a dynamic industry, constantly evolving to meet the ever-changing needs and expectations of its patients, in recent years, we have witnessed remarkable advancements that have revolutionised oral healthcare.
You will all forget about traditional appointments with just consultations or treatments to be done. Dentists will need to adjust to use more technological advancements or create personalised treatment planning, to enjoy their results even more than ever before.
1. Novelties, predictions and dental trends for 2024
When we think about the New Year, we can be sure something innovative will be introduced and will start revolutionising a particular market or branch. On that note, let’s look at dental market trends, as this is what we specialise in. What will dentists be prone to in 2024? What kind of advancements will they need to implement in their clinics, in terms of treating new and existing patients?
Amongst a vast number of dental trends and predictions, we will focus on 5 most important ones that will turn the dental market a bit upside down:
Except for traditional dental treatments, which people will always contact you about, more and more potential and existing patients are looking for cosmetic procedures like:
- teeth whitening,
- dental bonding,
- smile makeovers and orthodontics, to enhance their smiles even more.
As you cannot miss this growing demand for aesthetic treatments, you need to stay up to date with the most innovative techniques, like digital smile design, materials to use and different ways to make patients’ smiles as beautiful as possible.
This type of technology allows dentists to:
- use more sophisticated software to analyse X-rays and digital scans, with greater precision than before.
- detect issues, such as tooth decay or misalignments much earlier, resulting in timely intervention and improved outcomes.
Happy patients, happy dentists in the end!
Personalized Treatment Planning (PTP)
PTP will also be on the rise in recent trends in dentistry. Using advanced imaging techniques and computer simulations, you can tailor treatment plans according to the patient's needs, taking into account their oral health history, facial structure, bite alignment, gum health, lifestyle choices and personal preferences.
Introduced during COVID-19 time and practised more afterwards, it has been considered a mainstream for 2024. Thanks to virtual consultations and remote monitoring systems, patients can access their dentists and get dental advice from anywhere and at any time, without impacting quality care. That minimises time spent in waiting rooms! Who doesn’t want that!
Robotic dental surgeries are becoming more common, as they offer precise movements and minimise human error during complex procedures, such as implant placements or root canal treatments. Robots equipped with highly advanced precision tools will assist dentists during complex procedures like periodontal surgeries, by providing real-time feedback during surgeries. Amazing right?!
2. Ever-lasting technological advancements revolutionising the work of dentists in 2024
Thinking that this fast-paced digital age will pass dentists by and move to completely different areas, is nothing else but just wrong thinking.
Over the years, we have witnessed significant advancements in dental technology and these innovations are set to continue shaping the future of oral healthcare. Let’s have look at a few most common and useful technological advancements for dentists:
Like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), create realistic simulated environments or overlaying digital information onto real-world settings, enhancing patient education efforts, as well as training opportunities for aspiring dentists. Imagine being able to visualise your patients’ new smile before undergoing any treatment. Nothing better than looking at a new you! Also, they help patients feel more confident and provide a realistic preview, making your job slightly easier in that respect.
AI is no different to the dental market trends and numerous dental procedures performed. Machine learning algorithms can analyse radiographs, intraoral scans and 3D images, enabling accurate and automated detection of dental conditions such as cavities, fractures and tumours. What is more, with the help of AI, you as dentists can establish a Personalised Treatment Plan for each patient, using algorithms based on the patient's medical history, genetics and lifestyle.
With the help of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and advanced imaging techniques, such as cone beam computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound, dentists can now accurately analyse images and create personalised treatment plans for their patients. This not only improves efficiency, but also ensures better outcomes for those seeking cosmetic dental procedures.
3D printing has already started transforming the dental market. In 2024, you can anticipate using it more to create customised implants, fabricate orthodontic aligners or prosthetics on-demand. What is more, this technology uses biocompatible materials (certified to be used in mouth), it is integrated in digital workflows, can provide patients with digital dentures, wax-ups, implants and many more. There are many types on the market, you can choose from, for instance the Einstein Pro XL, FilaPrintM, NextDen 5100 or Phrozen. However, that is a discussion for another article.
3. The Pivotal Role of Technology in Shaping the Industry's Future
As we dive deeper into the future landscape of the dental market trends for 2024, it becomes evident that technology will play a pivotal role in reshaping the industry. From image analysis and teledentistry, to robotic surgeries, immersive technologies, AI and 3D printing – these advancements are to enhance the work of dentists and indicate which direction the dental market trends have been heading. That is making oral healthcare more efficient, accessible and personalised for your patients.
Spend some time on choosing the best options your patients will love from day one, will enquire more or even bring their friends. Also remember, that all in all, technology will not replace good customer service itself. Personalised conversations with receptionists or yourselves, will always be precious and desired by patients.
Thus, the best balance is: novelty and technology + InDesk virtual receptionists = success of happy patients and business growth!