Dentistry heading for ‘innovation age’ thanks to technology transfer, says Sagentia
According to the science-led product development consulting company, technology transfer could help dentistry strike a more effective balance between innovation and cost-efficiency. There is much scope to integrate new technologies with existing dental devices or adapt equipment that is becoming mainstream elsewhere for use in dentistry applications.
For instance, combining advanced imaging techniques with digital records will provide a living picture of individual patients’ dental health. As additive manufacturing technology becomes more affordable, in-house 3D printing of orthodontic devices and restorative implants will become feasible. And, looking further ahead, current developments in salivary analysis could unlock a new generation of point of care diagnostic devices for dentists.
Nevertheless, determining the priorities for new product development and ensuring economic viability remains a challenge for manufacturers supplying the dental industry.
Rob Morgan, vice president of medical at Sagentia, explains, “Globally, there is a tendency for dentistry to be isolated from other aspects of healthcare, and dental clinics generally have to shoulder new technology investments in their entirety. Even relatively large dental groups struggle to make a business case for expensive new kit unless it will quickly deliver tangible commercial benefits. However, there is an ongoing need to improve practice efficiency and patient outcomes, and dentists know that technology holds many of the answers.”