Imagine going to the dentist 40 or 50 years from now? How do you picture your experience being like. Will people fear dentists in the future like we still do now? I imagine technology will one day create an evolution in this field the likes of which we have never seen before. For one I think people won’t even remember what a root canal is like by that time as nanotechnology will help us do away with that all together. I not only see dental experts creating fake teeth that look very real out of molecules but also making new nerve endings that have been damaged by serious gum disease. Nanotechnology will one day make our visits.
Now these things won’t be available to us for a while but there are also some very exciting technologies coming out in the field of dentistry now as researchers at the Clarkson Advanced materials Center Have found a way to use nanotech to help protect almost any teeth from catching the cavity bug. They are doing this by polishing teeth with silica that is made from nonoparticles and the reason why this new polishing technology protects teeth from cavity is that this material is 90,000 times smaller then a tiny grain of sand. This kind of find smoothness makes it almost impossible for the bad bacteria in our mouth to hang onto the teeth long enough to form plaque. Now I understand that silica particles have been used to polish our teeth but the reason why this is unprecedent is that they have never been used at the molecular level.
This technology should be available within the next 5 to 10 years so anyone that has problem or could have problems with their teeth in the future could have a lot of hope coming their way soon. Now as to when this kind of technology will be made affordable so that it can be mass marketed no one knows yet and that will depend on many factors such as when will they make the process of creating nanoparticles cheaper. Our government can speed up the process by allocating funds into mass creating nanoparticles at a cheaper rate.
Nanotechnology can also be used to create dental diagnostic material at a cheaper rate that will not only cost cheaper but will be made out of materials that will be much strong than what we have today and will last without breaking down. The future of dentistry has never been brighter.
Think small folks.