Through the years, several medical researches and scientific advances have been introduced to improve dental care. The accumulated researches, studies, and experiences by dental practitioners from the past have all helped to improve the current dental care and treatment we now have. Thanks to the dental practitioners who have contributed to the studies and researches done which have surely made dental care what it is now.
According to the website of National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, some of the medical researches within the last couple of years include the study about the Isolation Techniques Used When Performing Root Canal Treatment. To facilitate this study, eligible dentists were provided with questionnaires. These questionnaires assessed the dentists’ use of various isolation techniques when performing root canal treatment and identified factors associated with use or non-use of rubber dams when performing root canal treatment. A rubber dam is a thin sheet usually latex or nitrile which is used to isolate the operative site from the rest of the mouth.
Another study conducted in 2014 was the Cracked Tooth Registry Study. The website http://www.nationaldentalpbrn.org/ states that “the primary objective of this study is to identify patient-, tooth-, and crack-level characteristics associated with initial tooth symptom status, and to determine over a four-year follow-up period the associations of these multi-level factors with changes (tooth “failure”) that may occur in an initially symptomatic or asymptomatic cracked tooth. Changes in the study tooth over time—outcomes that define the development of tooth “failure”– include crack progression, sign/symptom development, need for restorative dentistry, endodontic therapy or tooth extraction, development of periradicular lucency and loss of pulp vitality.”
There’s also the one called Management of Dentin Hypersensitivity study. This study was initiated with the objective of gaining better understanding of different treatments used to manage dentin hypersensitivity among dentists by characterizing their methods in identifying dentin hypersensitivity, their selected treatments, and the pain outcomes as reported by their patients. Dentin sensitivity is a dental pain which is sharp in character and short in duration arising from exposed dentin surfaces in response to stimuli. Dentin is one of the major components of a tooth.
Lastly, there’s one called Decision Aids for the Management of Suspicious Occlusal Caries Lesions (SOCL). “The primary objective of the study is to quantify the difference in proportion of SOCLs treated operatively when a diagnostic device is used compared to when one is not used, and to quantify the difference in proportion of SOCLs treated operatively that extend into dentin when a diagnostic device is used compared to when one is not used.”
Aside from the mentioned studies, researchers in the dental care field are also looking into developing studies that are specific to dental practitioners’ interests. There are studies for dental practitioners who specialize on particular dental care field like pediatric dentists, orthodontists, endodontists, periodontists, and prosthodontists among them.
There’s also Dental Informatics Research. According to the University of Pittsburgh’s website, Dental Informatics Research is the application of computer and information science to improve dental practice, research, education, and management. Dental imaging and image processing, computer-based dental records, clinical decision support, and teledentistry are some of the examples of research topics in dental informatics. These technological advancements will make dental care and treatment more accurate. Results of tests will be faster and more reliable. Thus, this will give patients more chances of getting their oral situations handled and treated more quickly.
Annual meetings and conventions by our dental practitioners have helped the medical research to accomplish the past research outcomes and will definitely help in future researches as well. Through the help of modern technology, dental informatics research, and software programmers, these medical studies will surely improve the future of dental care and will benefit the patients especially those who have situations that were specifically researched on.
Kudos to the dental practitioners, researchers, and programmers!