Why do we invest in the latest dental technology? Two reasons—patient comfort and brilliant outcomes.
By staying up to date with the latest dental technology in our practice, we are able to work faster and achieve predictable results. This is much more convenient for patients as they spend less time in the dental surgery. If we can complete a procedure in one visit thanks to the latest scanner or laser, then that piece of technology is a good investment. We think it’s important that we don’t waste our patients’ time so, whenever possible, multiple visits are avoided. Unfortunately, some procedures require return visits to achieve the most successful outcomes.
Embracing dental technology makes the workflow in the practice more efficient and a lot smoother. Using visual aids, such as cameras and digital technology, allows us to clearly explain a range of procedures to our patients. When we can communicate any problems clearly then the patient can make an informed decision about their treatment. There is no need to solely rely on the dentist’s word that a job needs to be done. Greater understanding invariably leads to better outcomes.
An amazing piece of dental technology that has been a real asset to our practice is the CEREC machine. After a scan of the mouth is taken, the CEREC mills porcelain crowns, fillings, onlays and inlays. These restorations are custom-designed to fit each individual case and the time saving is fantastic. Previously, we had to take an impression, send it to the lab and wait two weeks for the crown to be manufactured and posted back. With the CEREC, the entire process can be completed in an hour and a half.
Our soft tissue laser is used to clean and trim gums. This laser is a vast improvement to a scalpel. It can tidy up gums while decreasing bleeding that happens with most dental work. Patients have less discomfort post-operatively, heal faster and are very happy with the results.
We use digital videography and have a digital sensor that senses X-rays. This allows us to minimise radiation as much as possible while retaining control over the quality of images. This system gives us the opportunity to pick up any problems—or anything that might be developing—a lot earlier.
One of our newest pieces of dental technology is an imaging fluorescence device called SOPROLIFE. This is a high-tech camera that detects decay at its earliest stages. The images give us an indication of how advanced is the decay, which we then treat with ozone. A second image is taken to confirm that everything has been disinfected before we place a filling. Ensuring there is very minimal or no bacteria in the cavity before we place a filling leads to better outcomes and decreases sensitivity.
Effective, dental technology gives our patients peace of mind and confidence that they are being treated for a condition they understand. It decreases the patient’s time in the chair, is less invasive and a lot less painful. Dental technology is one of the best investment’s a practice can make—it’s win, win, win!