Dentistry, like medicine, has seen a monumental growth in technology these past few decades and our profession and our patients are much better off as a result. Our patients have embraced technology in their business and personal use and expect no less from the dental profession. Those general dentists and dental specialists who incorporate new technological advances in their daily clinical practice will experience renewed enthusiasm, better clinical outcomes, and enhanced patient satisfaction.
This text includes much of the new technologies, which may already have been incorporated by many practitioners into their practice, and was not meant to be all inclusive. We hope the reader finds this issue useful and informative and that it stimulates many to pursue these technological advancements in their clinical practice.
We are certain that in the next decade will bring newer technologies such as chair-side DNA salivary diagnoses of systemic diseases, robotic-guided oral surgery and dentistry, stem cell regenerative procedures, etc, that will further change the clinical practice of dentistry and oral surgery.
The editors are also keenly aware that many technological advances are viewed as controversial and that there will be those who fear it, talk against it, and even mock it; failure is not fatal but a failure to change one’s views or procedures might be.