Technology makes our lives easier in so many ways – your dental appointments included. At Clifton Hill Dental, our dentists keep an eye out for the latest developments in dental technology to consistently improve the quality, efficiency and comfort of the dentistry we provide.
Here are some examples of how we invest in technology for the benefit of our patients.
Remember the days of old film x-rays that cut the tender tissue inside the mouth and were difficult to sit through? And if a film came out incorrectly, it often meant another trip to the clinic to retake the x-ray. With digital dental x-rays, we get instant results on our treatment room monitors for immediate evaluation by one of our dentists.
As an added benefit, digital dental x-rays reduce the amount of radiation patients are exposed to by up to 80 per cent.
We store your digital x-rays in your digital chart for quick and easy comparisons from one visit to the next.
Digital impressions provide a welcome alternative to sticky impression paste. Not only do digital impressions eliminate the need for holding an impression tray in the mouth for several minutes while it set, but they also reduce imperfections and distortions caused by old fashioned impressions.
We simply scan the teeth and upload the information to our software for use both in the clinic and to forward to our local dental lab for the creation of dental veneers, crowns, bridges and oral appliances.
Old school endodontic files were trying to manage and resulted in occasional failures due to perforating the root shell of the tooth or failing to remove all of the diseased tissue from inside the tooth. Fortunately, like the rest of the world, dentistry makes constant advancements, and rotary endodontics has improved the results and efficiency of root canal treatment.
Small flexible tips and rotary handpieces quickly remove diseased tissue from the root and polish the inside of the canal, removing the infection.
Today’s root canals are not to be feared as they feel similar to having a standard filling. We always ensure patient comfort with adequate anaesthetic application.
If you have ever tried to look at your own teeth, especially the posterior (back) teeth, you know what a challenge it can be. An intraoral camera makes it possible for patients to see exactly what their dentists see with high-resolution chairside monitors.
Intraoral cameras are small handheld devices that non-invasively capture images of specific areas of the mouth – even individual teeth.
We store the images in your digital chart to quickly compare, making it possible to track changes to your oral health.