High Tech Dental Equipment

Hand Pieces

These are high-speed hand pieces using ceramic ball bearings for less vibration and more torque to give you more comfort.

Each of the hand pieces are equipped with high intensity fibre-optic lights to illuminate your tooth so the dentist can see clearly and accurately.

Digital Xrays

Dental X-Rays Are Carried Out To:

  • Find problems in the mouth such as tooth decay, dental injuries (such as broken tooth roots) and damage to the bones supporting the teeth. Dental X-rays are often done to find these problems early, before any symptoms are present.
  • Find teeth that are not in the right place which cause crowding or do not break through the gum properly. These are called impacted teeth.
  • Find cysts, cancers, or abscesses.
  • Check for the location of permanent teeth growing in the jaw in children who still have their primary (baby) teeth.
  • Plan treatment for cavities, root canal therapy, placement of dental implants, and tooth removals.
  • Plan treatment of teeth that are not lined up straight – orthodontic treatment.
  • As you can see without x-rays your dentist may miss a lot of problems with your teeth and jaws.
  • At the dentists they have a state of the art digital X-ray system-as opposed to the traditional film x-rays.
  • The digital x-rays use up to 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays and is instant coming straight up on a 19 inch computer screen.
  • They can then be manipulated using special computer software to enhance them so that any tooth decay or jaw disease is not missed.

There Are Different Types Of X-Rays:

Bitewing X-rays show the upper and lower back teeth and how the teeth touch each other in a single view. These X-rays are used to check for decay between the teeth and to show how well the upper and lower teeth line up. They also show bone loss when severe gum disease or a dental infection is present.

Periapical (pa) X-rays show the entire tooth, from the exposed crown to the end of the root and the bones that support the tooth. These X-rays are used to find dental problems below the gum line or in the jaw, such as impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts, tumours, and bone changes linked to some diseases. These like the bitewing x-ray use a small sensor that fits in your mouth.

Panoramic X-rays show a broad view of the jaws, teeth, sinuses, nasal area, and temporomandibular (jaw) joints. These X-rays do not find cavities. These X-rays also show problems such as impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, cysts, solid growths (tumours), infections, and fractures.

Biolase Laser

Biolase Water Laser

The Biolase water laser is a medical strength laser used for all aspects of dental surgery. It is a laser that utilises water to perform cutting procedures. Laser energy is passed through a mist of water spray. As the water particles are energised by the laser they shoot forward and hit the target tissue. Since the majority of mouth tissue cells are made up of water they make a perfect target. The water particles hit the cells and evaporate the cells water contents and the cells collapse. Sounds very gentle eh? It is! Consider the alternative. Picture in your mind what a scalpel blade or a drill will do to the same cells- ouch!

What Can This Wonderful Tool Be Used For?

“It can be used in every aspect of dentistry”, says Dr Durning. We can now do fillings very gently. There is no vibration or heat caused in the tooth preparing it for a filling. This is a major advantage over the drill. When a drill hits a tooth it causes fracture lines on entry point through the enamel. Over time these fracture lines propagate (like cracks in your windshield) and cause the tooth or fillings to break…sound familiar? Also the high-speed drill causes heat. This coupled with the vibration causes a lot of the pain you feel when going to the dentist. The laser has none of this! That is why a lot of filling’s can now be prepared without the need for the dreaded injection.

So It Can Only Be Used On My Teeth?

No! All soft tissues (gums & lips) procedures can be carried out too. The greatest advantage being the healing time after the procedures. A lot of the time there is no pain or even trace of trauma after surgical procedures. A good example is gum re-contouring. This is carried out for the cosmetic enhancement of your smile (smile lift) or to create more room for a filling or crown. Traditionally a scalpel blade and stitches are used. You have the stitches in for 1 week and have to allow for complete healing in about 3-6 weeks. In contrast the laser gives you no stitches and in a lot of cases healing is on the day! Cold sores and ulcers can now be ‘lasered’ closed. This has immediate relief and gives a faster healing time. It has been shown that the cold sore will never appear in that same site that has been lasered.

“The new millennium is here and with it new technology is gripping dentistry. No more is dentistry looked on as archaic. The days of drilling and filling are numbered. Lasers have and will continue to revolutionise the way we treat our precious patients.” Quote – Dr Adam Durning – Laser Symposium, Newport Beach, CA, USA 2004.

We can now offer treatment that is comfortable, predicable and affordable to them and in the same stroke we can have fun.

CAD / Cam CEREC

CEREC by Sirona Dental Systems is the world’s only system for the fabrication of all ceramic dental restorations in appointment. With CEREC at your dentist’s side, you can be in and out in only a single visit with a permanent, all ceramic crown, or veneer! For you, the patient, this means fewer injections, less drilling, and less time out of your hectic schedule for dental care. So, why are thousands of people world-wide choosing the CEREC restorative technique for their dental needs?

Single Appointment Dental Care

Most dental restorative methods require more than one visit to the dentist. This means that on the first visit, you get an injection of anaesthesia, your tooth prepared, an impression taken, and a temporary restoration put on your tooth. You make a second appointment for a couple of weeks later, get another injection, have the temporary pried off (if it hasn’t fallen off already), and have a permanent restoration put on. Why go to the dentist a second time when you don’t have to? With CEREC, the procedure is done in a single appointment, start to finish.

Finest Dental Materials

A CEREC tooth restoration isn’t just convenient, it is also healthy. Many years ago, dentists had few options to repair decayed and damaged teeth other than amalgam, gold, and other metals. With CEREC, your dentist can use strong, tooth coloured ceramic materials to restore your teeth to their natural strength, beauty, and function. These materials closely match the composition of natural tooth structure. This means when you eat hot food and then drink something cold, the restoration and tooth expand and contract at almost equal rates. So, your tooth does not crack over time. Also, the materials are chemically bonded to your tooth, so your dentist can save as much healthy tooth tissue as possible while providing you with a dental restoration that strengthens your tooth.

Smile Enhancement

Your dentist can use CEREC for more than just crowns and fillings. CEREC is capable of producing any single tooth restoration. Chipped or dis-coloured front teeth can be repaired with beautiful CEREC porcelain anterior crowns or veneers. Your smile makes a lasting first impression.

Worldwide, a CEREC restoration is placed every 20 seconds. With a history of nearly 20 years, this equipment has helped dentists place over 6 million restorations. Using metal free materials that are the closest to your natural enamel, CEREC gives you the highest quality restorative care.

Laser Diagnostics

If You Cannot Detect The Disease, How Can You Treat It?

Dentists often experience anxiety when attempting to diagnose the phenomenon known as hidden caries (tooth decay). A suspicious-looking tooth presents a treatment dilemma for dentists. Should the tooth be opened up? What if no caries is found? Should the tooth just be watched, or does that give caries more time to destroy the tooth’s surface?

While helping to improve the oral health of many New Zealanders, fluoridation has resulted in harder tooth enamel. Caries lesions (holes that once began on the tooth’s surface) have now migrated below the surface.

These treatment decisions require a higher degree of certainty. The Diagnodent laser caries detection aid removes the doubt from treatment decisions regarding hidden Caries ore questionable stained grooves. The device’s ability to see into occlusal pits and fissures enables dentists to treat subsurface caries lesions with confidence.

All The Clinicians At The Dentists Use This Tool

It measures a number of things in your tooth. First is the amount of tooth destruction and second is the activity of the bacteria which causes the decay. It is extremely accurate, trials have shown it to be 99% accurate as opposed to the mirror and probe which is only 25% accurate.

We can diagnose any tooth decay in its early stages and treat it. This tool ensures that you can keep your teeth a lot longer if not for the rest of your life. This is especially important to use on children so we can prevent the need for the large fillings alot of the older generations have now.

Air Abrasion

What Is This All About?

Decay can now be detected using Laser diagnosis. A laser beam is shone into the tooth surface, causing the decay to glow. To date, this is the most reliable way to detect early decay in the chewing surfaces of teeth.

The decay is then painted with dye which stains it bright red. In conjunction with magnification lenses and an intra-oral video camera (with magnification up to 40 times), this dye has very high accuracy in diagnosing decay at very early stages, long before traditional detection using X-rays and Mirror and Probe examination. Only 25% of decay present in the grooves of the chewing surfaces of back teeth is detected with the conventional mirror and probe examination.

Using a state of the art, computer controlled stream of air and powder, this decay can now be removed without the use of the dental drill. Because of the way the particle stream abrades the tooth and decay; most people can be treated without the use of local anesthetic.

This system is best suited to cavities in their early stages, especially in children before decay has severely damaged the tooth. Quiet, delicate, comfortable and faster. The tiny particle stream is very fine, meaning the dentist has to use magnification to be able to prepare very small cavities. This also prevents the unnecessary removal of sound tooth structure, keeping the tooth stronger and less likely to break, which is a problem of using the dental drill.

Is Micro-Dentistry For Everyone?

You will feel very comfortable because the air abrasion device does not produce the heat, smell, friction, vibration or noise generated by a conventional drill.

Once the decay has been removed, the tooth is restored with a tooth-coloured material that is bonded to the tooth using an extremely rapid light curing system to produce a very strong, nearly invisible restoration.

As a group of dental professionals we are very excited about the advantages of Micro-Dentistry, but the most exciting benefits are yours, as a patient:

  • Earlier, easier and safer diagnosis of decay with near 100% accuracy.
  • By being able to intervene in the decay process in its earlier stages, far less tooth is lost to decay, and less sound tooth structure is damaged when repairing the tooth.
  • More often than not, no injections are required. No numbness, no fat lip.
  • Faster and quieter technology.
  • Highly pleasing, lasting aesthetic fillings using nearly invisible composite (white) materials.
  • Better long-term oral health. More of your natural tooth structure is maintained using air-abrasion technology than with a traditional drill. This means as you get older, you will be less likely to suffer the fracturing of teeth, as seen in people who have allowed large cavities to develop.
  • At no more cost than tooth-coloured restorations placed using a drill.

We think you will agree the new tools and methodology available to treat you, both quickly and with minimal invasion of the teeth, makes eminent sense.

Caries Management

Caries or tooth decay is a bacterial infection of your tooth. It is a disease. It is the most common disease on the planet. Everyone has colonies of bacteria in their mouths. There are ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’. These colonies are in constant equilibrium with each other, i.e. one cancels the other out and you remain with a healthy mouth. But if you get infected with high numbers of several types of bacteria, the main ones being Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacilli the balance is upset and you then get tooth decay in your mouth. The result of this is a hole in your tooth.

It is a transmissible disease. Consider this; if you lived in a bubble from a baby you would never get tooth decay, i.e. you’d never have the contact with anyone to be infected. This means that the bacteria responsible for tooth decay or disease jumps from host to host via contact. Examples include food or utensil sharing, and kissing. This is why you may have heard of or are in a family which has ‘bad or weak teeth’, the bacteria are transmitted from one family member to another through contact and as a result that family has a high tooth decay rate all the way from the grandparents to the toddlers.

Traditionally it was thought that high carbohydrate diet (sugars) was the culprit for causing tooth decay. This is true in part. Sugar is a high-energy food.

When in your mouth the bacteria on your mouth can feed on it, and well… they go into hyper drive. As a result cavities form frequently. But you need the bacteria in your mouth first.

How do we treat this infection then? Well once the bacteria dissolve and eat away enough of the internal minerals and structure of the teeth the outer surface collapses in and you get a hole. This is then treated with a drill, laser or air abrasion and a filling is placed. This is in effect treating the end result and not the cause of the disease.

What’s to stop the bacteria that have now colonized your mouth to start work on your other teeth, or start on what’s remains of the tooth after the filling? Absolutely nothing and the reality is they already have. If left this bacteria will eventually cause more holes in your other teeth and you’ll be back for another filling, does this sound familiar? This process can take months or even years. We now offer a simple painless way of killing the bacteria. This treatment is called C.A.M.B.R.A. (caries management by risk assessment). You have 1 main appointment and several follow up ones. It involves a fun questionnaire and there are several painless tests. Then by using applications of mouth washes we first kill the bacteria and then promote the regrowth of the good guys. We can also repair the early disease to your teeth providing there are no cavitations with topical and rinsable applications of medicament’s thus preventing holes.

Digital Cameras

Digital Intra-Oral Cameras

Intra-oral cameras, which can be used in conjunction with a computer or television monitor, to take a picture of the tooth. This picture is put on the monitor for you to see. It has a magnification of between 20-42 times. At this magnification you can see a lot of problems like fractures or holes in your teeth that you couldn’t otherwise pick up with the naked eye or mirror.