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Technologies

We use many technologies to ensure your comfort, health and convenience.
We love our dental chairs in our dental rooms and so will you… they are the latest technology in engineering, the softest seats as well as great colours!
Our autoclaves, compressors and suctions are state of the art, ensuring your health and safety.
Read below to understand the convenience of crowns made to fit your tooth while you wait and the
advantages of some of the other technologies that we use.

Lasers

We use a variety of lasers in our practice.
Our Waterlase is state of the art technology, used for many different applications.
This is a soft and hard tissue laser so it can be used to treat teeth and bone as well as the gums and other “soft” parts of the mouth.
The laser is used in surgery because the wounds bleed less, don’t need stitching, are more comfortable after surgery and also heal faster. This is important for example when treating tongue ties babies.
Diode lasers are used for soft tissue. Our dentists and hygienists use this to treat gums to achieve disinfection and superior healing.

3D X-rays

We use a state of the art X-ray system called a cone beam imaging to see your mouth and jaws in 3D. This allows us the visualise issues more readily than a two dimensional X-ray that is conventional. This is used for a variety of reasons including identifying infections, locating nerves around wisdom teeth, implant dentistry and orthodontics.
All our X-rays are digital because this reduces the radiation levels of which we are very cautious about for you.

CEREC

This is used to restore teeth that don’t have much tooth remaining because they the missing part of the tooth has decayed or broken. This is called CAD CAM technology which is an acronym for computer aided design and computer aided manufacture. A camera takes images of your tooth which allows us to make a restoration using the computer software that is then milled from a ceramic block in a milling machine. The advantage of this process is that the treatment is very conservative for your tooth, can be completed in the one visit.
For those who have had your teeth restored in the past without this technology, people often remark on the fact that there are no impressions, no need for temporary covers on the tooth, and no waiting two weeks to complete the treatment and having to have the tooth numbed again. This technology is used for both accuracy of the end result which looks great and lasts a long time as well as ensuring that you have a very comfortable experience.

Intra oral camera

This is a small camera that goes into your mouth so that you can see the teeth and gums on a screen in front of you.
This technology often helps you to understand our suggestions and advice for your treatment as you can visualise what’s happening in there. You will find this so interesting to see your own teeth in this way!

Suction for mercury removal

We use extra suction called Dent Air Vac to remove mercury amalgam from your mouth. This suction unit has a mercury filter so the vapour from these fillings is not released into the air that you and we breathe. There are other precautions used to remove mercury amalgam as well. Dr Yvonne Vannoort is trained in the SMART protocols from the IAOMT.

Microetching

This technology is used to remove decay and also to prepare the surface of the tooth by an extra process of air abrasion. The advantage of this is to be conservative to the tooth structure when decay is removed and to also help fillings and restorations last as long as possible by optimising the bonding process.

Centrifuge

This is used to extract platelet rich fibrin (PRF) from your own blood in wound sites in the mouth. The growth factors in this PRF promote healing.

Phase Contrast Microscope.

This is used to determine what sort of micro organisms are in your mouth. This determines the treatment best suited for you to reduce these particularly bad organisms and control disease effectively.