Technology makes many aspects of life easier, including dentistry. Anytime we can make treatment more comfortable, more accurate or more efficient, we invest in our patients. Here are some of the ways that we use technology in our Hornsby dental clinic.
Digital records provide a convenient and secure way for us to monitor changes to your oral health from one visit to the next. Digital records also eliminate a paper trail of private information that could put your personal information at risk.
Hornsby dentists Dr Ben or Dr Clint can pull up previous x-rays and charting to compare from one exam to the next, which is useful in monitoring bone levels, gum recession and any progressive condition that may put your oral health at risk.
Stored under encryption, your private dental information and identity details are safe and protected continuously.
As part of our commitment to safety, we have implemented digital dental x-rays as part of our preventive dental services. Not only are digital x-rays accurate, producing high-resolution images for Dr Ben and Dr Clint to use in diagnosing dental conditions, but they also emit up to 80 percent less radiation than traditional film x-rays.
They are also better for the environment by eliminating the chemicals necessary for film development.
An intraoral camera is a small handheld device designed to take high-resolution images of areas inside the mouth. Diagnostic photos include:
- Teeth with wear, cracks, tartar or decay
- Soft-tissue lesions
- Stains or discolouration
- Gum recession and abfractions (wear along the gumline)
- Tori (bony growths beneath the tongue)
- Signs of bruxism (chronic clenching and grinding of the teeth)
- Wear patterns
By taking pictures inside your mouth, we can present the images on our treatment room monitors and show you precisely what Dr Ben and Dr Clint see. This provides you with valuable information so you can make an informed decision about your oral health.
Rotary endodontics use precision titanium tips to gently and accurately clean the canals inside the tooth during root canal procedures. Their flexible design also reduces the amount of time necessary in the chair and prevents complications.
One of the most common complaints patients have about the dental office is that the sounds they hear often create anxiety. Electric handpieces reduce ambient noise and make treatment more comfortable. You will also notice less vibration with these modern instruments.