The world is currently experiencing the best of times is modern dentistry, both in the professional and business aspects of it. Dentists have had plenty of opportunities to enjoy more fulfillment and profitability.
Given the range of dental services and treatments and the volume of research to support advanced training, dentists have never been more capable of treating the most complex disabilities and aesthetic issues. At this point in time, modern dentistry is no longer just about extracting or replacing a tooth, it changes and transforms lives.
The Best of Times for Modern Dentistry
Since technology and materials emerged in the late 1980s, as delivered by the Baby Boom Generation, dentistry has evolved immensely and turned into the major industry that it is now. Research and development received plenty of support from the community.
As dentistry became more profitable, materials and treatments evolved exponentially. In just a span of three decades, we have created advanced diagnostics and 3D imaging, laser-assisted procedures, porcelain veneers, quick teeth straightening solutions, titanium implants and a long list of high-quality treatments.
As a measure to prevent dental caries, fluoridation of community water was implemented and is now considered one the biggest achievements of our time. The dental community is hopeful that in the next few years, dental caries will no longer be a major public health concern.
New and Future Challenges
While dental treatment and financing options are abundant in developed nations, developing countries have very few opportunities to access high-quality dental services. Social class and financial capability still pretty much determine the status of a person’s oral health.
For example, countries that don’t have public access to fluoridated water report that tooth decay remains a common problem among low-income families. The challenge now for the dental community is one that outspreads on a public health scale.
Professionals who have access to modern dental technologies should increase their involvement in the community and reach out to the masses. Dental practices now struggle to gain competitive advantage. There has been a steady increase of supply of dental professionals but the demand for dental services has been proportionally decreasing.
However, these challenges are only minor compared to the excitement and fulfillment that the dental community is experiencing. Modern dentistry has not only increased the length of people’s lives, it has also improved the quality of our lives.