Trends in Dental Office Equipment

March 28, 2023

New and Emerging Trends in Dental Office Equipment

Dentistry has made tremendous strides within the last decade through innovative technologies. Replacing outdated equipment with modern equipment is a surefire way to make a good first impression on patients and result in repeat business as new technologies have the power to boost efficiency, improve patient outcomes, and enhance the quality of dentists’ work.

Keep reading to learn about advanced technologies and equipment in dentistry which have proven to yield success.

3D Printing

Three dimensional (3D) printing has become more common (and affordable!) within dental offices over recent years. 3D printing is an advanced manufacturing technique that uses computer-aided 3D object designs.

In dentistry, 3D printers are accurate orthodontic models, bridge and crown models, patterns for casting and pressing, and more. With their added ability to create small objects with intricate details, 3D printers have been highly successful for dentists.

3D printers offer the precision and accuracy needed for dental applications, ensuring reliability and high quality results. If you’re looking to improve patient care and streamline your workflow, 3D printing technologies are a worthy investment.

lasers in dentistry has provided many benefits


Lasers are focused light beams used by dentists in order to alter or remove tissue in small amounts. Common procedures that use lasers include: gum surgery, cavity treatment, reshaping the gums, whitening teeth, and more.

Utilizing lasers in dentistry has provided many benefits, which is why dentists continue to choose lasers for their procedures. Not only do lasers ensure that procedures go more smoothly, but they also increase patient comfort and reduce the likelihood of infection and damage to gums (which result in a shorter recovery time).

Lasers provide a unique advantage in dentistry, whether the procedure is relatively simple, cosmetic or complex.

Digital X-Rays

While traditional photographic X-ray films are popular amongst dentistry practices, recent advances in technology produced a more efficient (and safe) tool for X-ray photography – known as digital dental radiographs.

Digital dental radiographs are X-ray sensors that are computer enhanced images of the mouth’s structure (interior or exterior). Whether you need bitewing and periapical images or MCT and CBCT images – digital X-rays can provide it.

Digital images are preferred over traditional X-ray films for a variety of reasons. Listed below are just a few (of the many) reasons to invest in digital X-rays rather than traditional X-rays.

- Easier to manipulate
- Detects small problems (like decay in teeth, gums, or bones)
- Remains high-quality (even when sent over to another professional)
- Increases safety (radiation is 50-80 percent less)
- Eco-friendly (doesn’t require chemical processing for disposal)

These benefits will not only lead to a faster and accurate diagnosis, but it will also improve the patient’s experience.

Conclusion - Trends in Dental Office Equipment

Dentistry has significantly advanced over the years with new innovative technology and equipment – which will require certain accommodations from your contractor. Building out a dental office is a meticulous process, requiring a team of knowledgeable professionals to efficiently and effectively get the job done.

In order to efficiently plan out a space, it’s crucial for your contractor to know the type of equipment that will be within the space as most pieces of dental equipment require their own plumbing hookups or have special power supply requirements.

Diversified Construction specializes in building and remodeling commercial properties, with over 60 years of business experience in the Twin Cities. Contact us today at 952-929-7233 if you’re looking to start a new project.