How has COVID-19 Affected CT-Scanning for Dental?

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It has been nearly a year since we visited dental practices, GPs, and hospitals without a thought. As dental challenges arose, those that could afford treatment booked an appointment with the appropriate professional and were soon on their way to eradicating discomfort and accessing treatment pathways. We comfortably attended CT-scans or imaging for our diagnosis, or to enable a component such as a dental retainer or hip replacement joint to be made.

Pre-COVID-19, the manufacturing and testing of critical components used across the dental and medical industries had become second nature.

In part manufacturing and its analysis, the nation had begun to take twenty-first-century sophistication for granted.

It has been over a year since we visited dental practices, GPs, and hospitals without a thought.

Previously, when dental issues arose, those that could afford it booked with the appropriate professional and were able to access treatment pathways. We attended CT-scans or imaging for our diagnosis, or to enable a component such as a dental retainer or hip replacement to be made.

Pre-COVID-19, the manufacturing and testing of critical components used across the dental and medical industries had become second nature. 

In part manufacturing and its analysis, the nation had begun to take twenty-first-century sophistication for granted. 

During the pandemic, many dentists and medical professionals alike closed their practices to all non-essential care, in a bid to keep their staff and clients safe. 

Few professions present the infection risk profile of dentistry. With the virus transmissible through micro-droplets of saliva, spittle whipping up in instruments, and lighter particles aerosolizing in the air, you can understand why dentists prioritize patients with either the highest need or those that require simple, less risky procedures. While dental suction and a rubber dam can reduce the risk by up to 80%, it does not entirely remove it. Besides the extensive sourcing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), dentists have become experts in suitable, safe ventilation.

While seeing fewer patients imposed by air change limitations, some dentists claim to be working more hours than ever, sourcing equipment, ventilating and cleaning practice spaces, and implementing and adhering to government-led policy. Many dentists have invested in disinfectant foggers and air filters that help remove viruses from the air. Others use electrolyzed saline — hypochlorous acid — that is 200-times more effective than bleach yet safe enough to wash an apple. 

Outside of the pandemic, many larger practices could see upwards of 150 patients per day covering various treatments, from checkups to root canals to implants. With the restrictions the pandemic necessitated, dentists are pulling out more teeth than ever before, driven by a patient’s desire for instant pain relief, a lack of funds, or both. Many patients no longer have the money for extensive restorative procedures, and some are ignoring symptoms until they become unmanageable–an untreated fracture can quickly become an emergency root canal.

It is likely that the dental and medical industry will take several years to economically recover and for dental professionals to catch up with the patient backlog. It’s guaranteed that people will eventually seek timely dental and medical care again. Dentists will be inundated with patients that have postponed addressing their dental challenges through the pandemic.

There will be a consequential need for dental impressions and the manufacturing and testing of associated components used across the industry. More than twelve months of increased extraction rates will see a rise in manufacturing volumes and product inspection that supports an uplift in people requiring dentures, implants, or crowns. The coming post-pandemic years could see a more significant need than ever before for advanced 3D-CT X-ray scanning via automated inspection.

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