Greenwood stays up to date with the latest techniques.
Post by Angela Williams, dental hygienist with Greenwood Dental
There are so many new and exciting changes in dentistry at the moment. Teeth can be straightened with invisible aligners, which is one of the services we offer here with Invisalign. There are new ways of making procedures virtually pain free, and pain management techniques are becoming better and more sophisticated all the time. You can get lasers for tooth whitening, materials that put calcium back into teeth such as Tooth Mousse from Recaldent, that was developed right here in Australia at Melbourne University, and has a lot of scientific data behind it to demonstrate its effectiveness.
We have computer technology providing telehealth/teledentistry services—digital technologies to deliver health care, consultations and education, which is really going to take off once the National Broadband Network is built—in fact, all the trials around teledentistry are assuming that the National Broadband Network is on its way. We live in a changing world.
Another thing that is changing in the profession is a lot of corporate groups are buying up practices. That’s a big change, because many practices are owned by corporates and as time goes by instead of being a cottage industry, it’s turning into a big corporate concern, with all the advantages and disadvantages of that. Different people have strong opinions about that.
But interestingly, it makes no difference to the quality of care. We were mindful of it when this practice was bought by a corporate group called Dental Partners, which was started in Queensland back in 2007 and now has practices all over the country. But we’ve had no negative issues like that. We have found the ownership structure effects the dentist more, because they no longer have to run the business on the weekends or at night. And the fact that it gives us access to being part of a larger group is good.