Technology has enhanced our lives in so many ways, and dentistry is no different. Advancements in diagnostics and imaging make early diagnosis and treatment more accessible. In addition, technology often improves comfort and patient outcomes.
We continually evaluate new technology to determine if it would benefit our dental practice and patients. If you have any questions about anything you see during your appointment, ask one of our team. They'd be more than happy to show you how a particular tool works.
Panoramic X-Ray (OPG)
Individual digital radiographs show tooth health and help us identify areas of decay. Sometimes, however, having a big picture view of the entire dental structure is beneficial. Panoramic x-rays provide us with an image of all of the teeth, bone levels, jaw joints and facial structures. This full-smile view can be helpful in a number of circumstances, including:
- Wisdom teeth evaluation
- Orthodontic evaluation
- Determining bone levels
- Diagnosing cysts or tumours
- Surgical treatment planning
- Developmental monitoring
At your next appointment, we can determine if you will benefit from a panoramic x-ray. The process is easy. Patients simply stand (or sit) in front of the radiograph machine as it moves around the head. The entire process takes less than a minute.
Digital dental radiographs have advanced diagnosis in dentistry for several reasons:
Like with digital photographs, your dentist can improve exposure, contrast and even zoom in on images to see any early signs of fractures, infection or decay.
We store these digital images in your secure digital file for easy comparison from one year to the next. This can help your dentist identify subtler aspects of dental diseases, such as bone loss.
Digital imaging makes images sharable with specialists when necessary.
Additionally, digital dental radiographs emit less overall radiation than their previous film counterparts and eliminate the need for chemical exposure and disposal, making them safer for you and our fragile environment.
We have a dedicated sterilisation assistant who operates 3 state-of-the-art sterilisers to ensure our patient’s safety at all times.
Harnessing the light energy from lasers has changed the face of dentistry by making soft-tissue surgeries far easier than their traditional counterparts. Because lasers both cut and seal soft tissue simultaneously, they can eliminate the need for the discomfort of stitches. In many cases, laser dentistry can:
- Improve healing time
- Reduce bleeding
- Provide more precise results
In our Dunedin dental practice, we use dental lasers for several types of treatment.
- Tongue-tie release
- Gingival sculpting
- Gummy smiles
- Crown and veneer prep
If you would like to learn more about how we use dental lasers, contact Bell Hill Dental, and one of our helpful dental professionals will be happy to assist you.