The Digital Revolution in Dental Practices Digital technologies began making inroads into dental practices between the 1980s and 1990s. During this period, digital radiography, CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and manufacturing), and electronic medical records were adopted.     

Panoramic radiography provided an overview of the teeth, while digital intraoral radiography, available since 1994, allowed for detailed images to be instantly viewed on digital screens. In the early 21st century, computerization and digitization became widespread. Advanced technologies such as intraoral scanners enabled the creation of precise 3D models of the oral cavity, marking significant advancements. Teledentistry also began to emerge. Additionally, the digitization of patient data facilitates rapid transmission of information to laboratories or other practitioners, enhancing collaboration. Technology Revolutionizes Dental Practice The advent of digital technologies in dental practices has led to unprecedented advancements. For instance, CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) allows for precise visualization of the entire dental structure (teeth, roots, bones, oral structures) without the need for a visit to the radiology office.

The intraoral camera has become an essential tool, both for diagnosis and treatment. It enables practitioners to communicate more effectively with patients, explaining pathologies and appropriate treatments while revolutionizing impression taking, which is now digital. 

These innovations significantly improve patient care and treatment outcomes. Recently, computer-assisted dental surgery has emerged. By combining intraoral scanners with CBCT data, it is possible to create 3D models of the oral cavity, providing real-time information on the position, angle, and depth of instruments used during surgical or implant procedures.