Technology is developing rapidly in the dental field. Much of it is designed to make your experience more comfortable, and many of the new dental gadgets that we have in the practice allow us to provide dental treatments faster, and with a higher level of precision and information than was previously possible. No other practice in the North-West and New England has our combination of such advanced equipment.
Cone Beam 3-D X-ray
We have recently invested in a Cone Beam Computed Tomography X-ray machine which effectively takes 3 Dimensional Images of the skull, including the teeth, TMJ and airway. It has fantastic software that allows you to effectively turn the skull upside down and back to front, as well as zooming in on pathology, root fractures, unusual anatomy and take a virtual tour down your own airway!
The CBCT has helped us develop an "Airway Centred" approach to orthodontics as well as general dentistry, which in the long term reduces the risk of sleep apnoea. It has aslo allowed us to find nasal blockages, and the exact position of impacted teeth.
Multi Wave Laser Therapy
In late 2016 we purchased from Italy a "Low Level Laser" which uses 2 different synchronised Lasers. This gives a powerful combination of pain relief and healing power for muscles, skin, bones and nerves. We are still finding more uses - but for some people it has been very effective in treating sinusitis, and has been shown to shorten orthodontic treatment times.
The Dental Microscope is an invaluable tool helping us to see detail never previously possible. It can pick up micro-fractures that were previously invisible, actually see inside root canals, and enlarge small details to help diagnose any of your current or future dental problems. It also gives much greater precision in preparing teeth for restorations and placing orthodontic brackets.
Intra Oral Camera
The Intraoral Camera is an imaging device that we use as a diagnostic tool and also as a means of explaining complex treatments. It consists of a small camera that can record both video and still images. The camera carries its own light, so that difficult to reach parts of the mouth can be bathed in light and are easily seen on the large screen.
You can enjoy a video tour of your mouth, and see still photos of areas of interest. It can help you to see and understand any problem areas such as cracks or decay. The images can become part of your permanent record, and you will be able to see the results of your treatments as they are completed.
Take Home Sleep Testing
We recently invested in a Medibyte Sleep Testing appliance. This small machine can test not only for Sleep Apnoea, but can indicate cardio-vascular problems with Oxygen levels, pulse rate, arousals, snoring levels and unwanted muscle movements.
Soft-Tissue Laser Dentistry
We have two soft-tissue lasers in the practice so that we can perform minor soft tissue procedures without the need for surgery and stitches. Treatment is performed with only a local anaesthetic, or sometimes only with topical anaesthetic paste or spray, and can be done quickly, and with little or no bleeding.
Amongst the treatments we perform using the laser are:
- Fixing tongue tie on people of all ages, from newborns to adults.
- Relieving large fraenum (muscle) attachments inside the lips: these can otherwise cause gaps to develop in between teeth or pull the gums away from a tooth, causing exposure of the root.
- Speed up the healing of soft tissue lesions such as ulcers
- Reduce inflammation and soreness
- Help to sterilise infected root canals
- Minor trimming to improve gum margins for aesthetics or crown margins
Low Dose, Digital X-Rays
Dental x-rays allow us to see details inside the teeth and gums and under old fillings and crowns which otherwise would not be visible to the naked eye. They can show unusual roots, extra or missing teeth and pathology. They are a critical part of the diagnostic process in both general dentistry and orthodontics.
Digital x-ray imaging:
- X-ray images appear almost immediately
- Images are stored digitally, so no deterioration takes place
- Images are projected onto a large screen making it easier to see tiny details
- No chemicals are used in processing- this is great for staff health and the environment
- The dose delivered by digital dental x-rays is only around 10% of that required for film-based images
- The radiation from one OPG x-ray (which shows all your teeth at once) is equivalent to being outside for a few days or 1 plane flight to London. X-rays occur naturally in the environment (originating from radiation from stars such as the sun).
We are pleased to be able to offer low dose digital radiography in our practice.