|Year : 2016 | Volume
| Issue : 5 | Page : 482-483
Digital dentistry: The way ahead
Praveen Bhasker Kudva
President, Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor and Head, Department of Periodontology and Implantology, Jaipur Dental College, MVG University, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
|Date of Web Publication||17-Oct-2017|
Praveen Bhasker Kudva
President, Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor and Head, Department of Periodontology and Implantology, Jaipur Dental College, MVG University, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Kudva PB. Digital dentistry: The way ahead. J Indian Soc Periodontol 2016;20:482-3
Dentistry has evolved in the past 25 years primarily attributed to advances in science and technology and biomaterials. The age of digitization has ushered digital dentistry which helps in integrating new technologies and maximizing treatment outcomes.
Digitization improves efficiency and reduces time. The need of the hour is incorporating digitization into our practice. Initially, we could start with digitizing patients' records, storing radiographs and clinical photographs. Ease of storage and quick viewing, reduced time improves efficiency.
The second most utilization of digitization could be for better patient management. Live videos, three-dimensional animations, voice-activated software, and online consultations can help in developing a better rapport with patients as well as educate and motivate them.
The advent of digital radiography and advanced diagnostics such as computed tomography and Dentascans has increased effectiveness and accuracy and can be very useful in implantology and assessing pathological abnormalities.
The other advances in digital dentistry are computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing technology which helps in intraoral imaging and better oral rehabilitation. Another application of digital dentistry is lasers. Multiple applications across various disciplines in dentistry and low cost factor have integrated lasers into day-to-day practice.
Let us practice dentistry by incorporating digitization for better patient care saving valuable time and energy.
My term as ISP President has been satisfying with numerous scientific events in India and abroad. This year, we had five professional enrichment programs; Sameeksha in Udaipur, Integrate at Pune and Varanasi, Undergraduate Conference with ISP as knowledge partner at Belgaum, Parichay at Vadodara and Mahe, Colloquium at Chandigarh, Indore, and Chennai, TOT program at Chennai and Muradnagar, ISP-IDA PEP programs at Bhubaneswar and Delhi, and interdisciplinary program with the Indian Orthodontic Society at Meerut. We also had ISP delegation participating in NSPOI conference at Pokhara-Nepal and MSP conference at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ISP this year successfully conducted the national essay competition, world oral health day, and oral hygiene day.
The national postgraduate convention was held successfully at Bhubaneswar and shortly we would meet for the grand finale of the year - the National Conference at Nagpur. I sincerely thank all the convenors, organizers, and participants for the success of various programs.
I thank ISP secretary Dr. Balaji for handling the various ISP events and also managing the ISP head office. I would specially congratulate the editor Dr. Ashish Nichani for taking JISP to greater heights as exhibited by an excellent SCImago journal rank value. I appreciate the efforts of Dr. Vikas Jindal, Dr. Sangeeta Dhir, and Dr. Balaji in successfully submitting the ISP – DCI Dental Health Card to the Government of India to propagate dental and periodontal health-care awareness.
It has been an honor to serve you all as President of the society and thank you for your valuable support and encouragement. I wish all members of the ISP good luck in their future endeavors. I assure you of my continuous support to ISP.
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