Virtual and augmented reality in Digital Dentistry

Digital dentistry has emerged as a revolutionary force in contemporary oral care, and in this process of transformation, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) stand out as cutting-edge technologies. These tools are not only reshaping the dental treatment experience, but they are also raising the standards of accuracy and efficiency for both patients and dentists.

Benefits for Patients:

  • Reduction of anxiety and fear: Virtual reality has the power to transport patients to relaxing environments, such as serene beaches or quiet forests, while receiving dental treatment. This ability has proven to be an invaluable resource in reducing anxiety and fear, two common emotions among dental patients.
  • Distraction during treatment: Both VR and augmented reality can be used to distract patients during dental procedures, thus creating a more pleasant and less intimidating experience.
  • Information and education: AR can offer patients 3D visualizations of their teeth and gums, as well as simulations of the proposed treatment. This educational approach helps patients better understand their dental condition and make informed decisions about their own oral health.

Benefits for professionals:

Greater precision and efficiency: Virtual reality and augmented reality serve as guidelines during dental procedures, improving the accuracy and efficiency of the work of dentists.

Improved treatment planning: AR facilitates the creation of 3D models of the patient’s mouth, allowing dentists to plan treatments with unprecedented precision.

Better communication with patients: VR and AR tools can show patients the expected results of treatment, facilitating more effective communication and the management of expectations.

Studies:

In the case of children, about 36.5% of whom attend dental treatments report having anxiety. For them, RV has proven to be an innovative and effective technology in the management of dental anxiety in children during dental procedures, in addition, its use reduces the perception of pain during them.

Market Prospects:

It is projected that the global digital dentistry market will reach $5.4 billion by 2025, thus highlighting the growth and continuous adoption of innovative technologies, the integration of virtual and augmented reality is not only transforming the way dental patient care is provided, but it is also improving the experience in the same professionals, which augurs a promising future.

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