Change is key to progress in any industry, and the evolution of technology in dentistry is definitely something to keep an eye on.
As the old expression goes, the only constant is change. As I type this, the days are getting longer and the holiday season is receding into life’s rearview mirror. Such is the way things go.
However, by no means is this meant to be an article that curmudgeonly yearns for the “good old days.” Nope. By now, you probably know me well enough to know that. Unlike Heath Ledger’s Joker in “The Dark Knight,” I may not be an “agent of chaos” (depending on my mood) but I am, for sure, an “agent of change.” That’s why I’m always trying to find ways to make the whole idea of dentistry faster, easier and more predictable.
Like Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, the evolution of technology happens in a state of punctuated equilibrium. Basically, it means that there are times of sudden and pronounced changes followed by times of gradual change (or no change at all). For the past year or so, it seems we’ve entered one of those gradual phases where we are seeing improvements in our technologies, but nothing ground-breaking at this point
However, let’s take a look at some areas that I am currently excited about, using, and/or generally looking forward to continued evolution.