How technology from other industries can transform dentistry

December 07, 2017

There is a long history of technology migration between dentistry and other branches of medicine. In this article, we review recent technology advances in dentistry and predict the new advances which are set to be driven through technology transfer from other industries.


Competition in the dental market and the desire to improve patient care requires dentists to adopt differentiated, patient-centric approaches and to selectively adopt new technology as it emerges. To gain adoption, new technology must pass robust economic tests considered either at the level of the sole practitioner or the dental group. The technology must offer distinct advantages by enabling faster procedural workflow, better outcomes or an improved patient experience.

We predict next-generation dentistry will continue to see new innovations in digital dentistry, the ability to manufacture on site and the ability to image using non-ionizing radiation. The dental office of tomorrow will rely more heavily on connected devices, and patients will use this technology to exert more control over their dental care. Biomaterials science and product design advances will continue to provide incremental innovation, but dental product manufacturers must be prepared to adopt non-core technologies in order to deliver more than incremental innovation. To stay ahead of the competition, we suggest looking to other branches of medicine and other industries for those new technologies.