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CITATION: Tagra H, Batra P. Dentistry 4.0: A Whole New Paradigm. Discoveries Reports, 2021; 4: e19. DOI: 10.15190/drep.2021.4 Submitted: January 30, 2021; Revised: March 29, 2021; Accepted: March 31, 2021; Published: March 31, 2021;

Dentistry 4.0: A Whole New Paradigm

Himanshu Tagra (1), Panchali Batra (2,*)

(1) HCL Technologies Ltd, New Delhi, India
(2) Department of Orthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India

* Corresponding author: Dr. Panchali Batra, Professor, Department of Orthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India; Phone: +91-9999908022; E-mail: panchali.batra@gmail.com

Abstract

Industry 4.0 and, more recently, Healthcare 4.0, are completely changing the way of working in the service and production sector. Similar to Industry 4.0, Healthcare 4.0 is based on Internet of Things, Cloud and Fog Computing, and Big Data technologies, and has revolutionized the health care. However, this evolution has not had any profound impact on dental care. In this manuscript, we are focusing on the concept of Dentistry 4.0, which is based on Industry 4.0 technologies and will change the way traditional dental care is rendered. It will lead to an enormous saving in the dental sector, as it will move from reactionary to pre-emptive treatment and will transform the conventional hospital centric approach. This shift from curative to preventive approach will happen due to predictive diagnosis through virtual monitoring and use of latest technologies based on concepts of Industry 4.0. This manuscript envisions the use of sensors or nanoparticles embedded intraorally or in dental appliances, such as toothbrush, floss, mouth cleansers, orthodontic brackets, tooth varnishes, etc. which will share intelligent information (like brushing frequency, pattern, movement of teeth, change in pH etc.) with clinicians. Dentistry 4.0 will lead to the concept of “talking teeth” which through various signals (such as pH changes, biomarkers, etc.) and intelligent analysis will drastically improve oral health-related quality of life. In serious and co-morbid cases, these innovations will reduce the chances of complications.

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