Improving the Patient's Quality of LifeBy Juan Carlos Borgatta | Mon, 01/31/2022 - 12:58
The last year and a half has revolutionized all industries, especially the health sector, which has strengthened its service and its digitalization and innovation processes.
In the case of dentistry, this period was a hard blow in which specialists focused on improving treatments to make them more efficient, painless and personalized. Treatments related to oral health are expensive and are generally not included in universal health coverage.
In most countries, dental treatments account for an average of 5 percent of total healthcare expenditure and 20 percent of out-of-pocket patient costs. With all these adjustments, the good news for patients is that they will see greater convenience and higher safety standards than ever before.
Today, the growth of technology in dental clinics across the country applies significantly to protocols or digital flows. This means that from the beginning of their treatment, Mexican patients have access to different technological approaches that combine in their favor.
The vision of diagnostics and treatments has also changed thanks to technology. Everything from surgeries to prosthetics and robotic systems for the timely detection of diseases are being digitalized. These changes make it easier to obtain a diagnosis but also imply that the industry must have more training for its medical staff.
With these advances, the systems for aligning teeth have improved with Smart Braces and Invisible Aligners, adapting to the patient's lifestyle. How can dental treatments improve life quality? The answer can vary but includes appointments for follow-up care being spaced out, reducing travel time and hours spent in the dental clinic, which translates into more free time for the patient. Other benefits are that treatments have become less painful and less time-consuming compared to previous, traditional methods.
The current scenario is one in which access to dental services has been severely limited and the time needed to recover will be significant. There continues to be uncertainty about what services are available to patients. Some segments of the population are also unwilling or unable to access oral health services.
Borgatta is a Mexican company that for more than four decades has been driving the digital transformation of the dental health industry in the country by proposing tools and products to companies that want to offer their patients more predictable and safer treatments and, in turn, improve the profitability of their clinics.