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Title: Applications of computer technology in dentistry.
Authors: Soh, G. 
Keng, S.B. 
Issue Date: Sep-1990
Citation: Soh, G.,Keng, S.B. (1990-09). Applications of computer technology in dentistry.. Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore 19 (5) : 720-723. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Technological advances in industrial manufacturing have contributed to improvement in productivity and quality of dental care. However, computer technology has also been exploited but not to the same extent as other forms of technology. This paper examines computer applications that have been utilised by various groups of dental professionals in the provision of dental care and in dental education. The benefits derived from existing applications and future possibilities are seen in the following fields. In practice management, besides the usual collecting, sorting and searching of data, productivity and efficiency are greatly increased through computer appointments, recall and practice analysis programmes. In patient education, the use of computer graphics has enabled simulation of cosmetic changes to be presented to the patient with before and after possibilities. Dental education and communications have moved forward with the introduction of Computer Assisted Instruction programmes, and bibliographic databases including electronic transmission of Continuing Dental Education which are now easily available. In the field of Diagnostics and Treatment planning, the advent of CAD-CAM has made possible the use of cutting devices which mills a 3-dimensional model of the designed restoration from solid blocks of gold. Computer applications has also been used in forensic dentistry where identification systems describe tooth conditions and other oral characteristics besides automated screening and matching of antemortem databases.
Source Title: Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore
ISSN: 03044602
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