With the growing demand for software and robotics to replace dentists in the healthcare field, a major dentists group, the Dental Technology Association, recently released a report analyzing the potential impact of a shift in dental software and robotic technologies on the dental profession.
According to the DTA, a shift to the use of software and the robotics that accompany it, will bring in many benefits, including lower costs and reduced staffing requirements, while allowing for more effective use of dental technology.
While the DCTA notes that the technology and robotics may be different for some occupations, it states that the overall goal of the technology is to allow dentists to do more with less.
With software and robots, dentists can perform more complex tasks with less staff time, the report states.
“In addition to the technology benefits, dentist technology and software will make dentists more effective in their practice,” the DTO said.
“As dental technology is integrated into more dentistry practice settings, it will allow for more efficient use of time, reducing dental wear and reducing dental infections.”
The DTA’s report also says that there will be a decrease in staff turnover due to the adoption of software-based technologies.
As the use and adoption of dental software increases, it is projected that the DDA will increase its membership and revenue by approximately 30 percent.
Dental software will also be more cost-effective, and it is expected that there would be an increase in dental care revenue due to more dentists being trained in the use, usage, and maintenance of dental tools.
The report states that dental software will allow dental professionals to do their job better.
“The DTA believes that dental technology will allow more dental professionals, especially those who have never worked in a dental office, to be more effective with more time, and will result in more efficient and effective use and maintenance by dentists,” the report says.
“Dental software and software integration will also lead to a reduction in staff attrition due to a decrease of staff turnover.”
However, it does warn that there is a possibility that the software and robot adoption may cause dental practices to shift to a new model, which could lead to dental costs going up.
According the DGA, there is also a potential for dental software to cause dentists and dentists training to be replaced.
“While software and technology may be more expensive for some dentists, it may not be prohibitively expensive for all dentists.
As dental software adoption increases, dentistry will be able to adapt and find more cost effective ways to increase the efficiency of dental practice,” DGA President Scott Taylor said.
With the introduction of new technology and robotic tools, dentologists will be faced with a new challenge, which is to be able find more efficient ways to keep dental health, safety, and security at the forefront.
Dentists should be prepared to be in a position to adapt as they evolve to the changes that are expected to occur.