The opening day…
As we get ever closer to the completion of the new dental practice, I realise that we haven’t even planned…
Infinity Dental Clinic are proud to be using the revolutionary state-of-the-art intraoral scanners and CBCT Imaging to ensure we are leading the way in Digital Dentistry. We are one of only a few dental practices in the UK with all of these facilities in-house to ensure that our standards are always maintained at the highest level of dental care.
You can also see examples of some of our work by reading our weekly informative blogs.Download our digital dentistry factsheet
Our intraoral scanner is used to create a digital 3D model of your teeth without the need for impressions. The small scanner tip is placed against your teeth taking a series of digital photographs from each angle of the tooth. These photographs are then pieced together to instantly create a 3D image of your teeth.
Our intraoral scanner allows us to replace traditional uncomfortable, sloppy impressions. The scanner works on its own, there is no impression material required. Therefore this avoids the feeling of impression material dripping down the back of your throat and the feeling of choking whilst waiting for it to set. In addition, you can stop scanning at any time allowing you to take a break, though this is often unnecessary with the average full mouth image scan taking just a matter of minutes.
Not only is the scanner more comfortable for patients, the accuracy and precision of a digital scan eliminate any of the inaccuracies resulting from a traditional impression. The restorations are all created digitally meaning the highest-quality restorations every time!
It also helps improve our consultations, as seeing your own teeth in a 3D image in front of you will ensure you have a thorough understanding of any dental treatment and what it will do to your smile. The state-of-the-art software can even instantly show what straightening your teeth with Invisalign would look like!
Yes. The 3-D image is merely made up of a series of intraoral photographs pieced together.
Our clinic has the latest CBCT scanning technology to provide the most precise and advanced Dental treatments to our patients. We are one of only a few dental practices in the UK with all of these facilities in-house to ensure that our standards are always maintained at the highest level of dental care.
Our CBCT scanner will provide a detailed 3-D image of your teeth and jaws which cannot be obtained from a conventional x-ray machine. This is crucial when providing our patients with advanced dental care such as Dental implants and Surgical treatments.
A CBCT scanner is a compact version of the full sized CT scanners used in major hospitals. This compact CBCT scanner allows us to localise the xray field to the particular area of your jaws that we are examining. This significantly reduces radiation time and treatment time for our patients.
Our CBCT scanner is the safest available method of performing a CT scan on a patient.
Unlike a conventional dental radiograph, a 3-dimensional CBCT scan will provide us with a huge amount of information. In some cases, it is comparable to taking upto 1000 individual xray images which are pieced together to formulate a 3 dimensional image of the patient’s head and neck anatomy.
The information must be carefully interpreted and reported upon to assess the patient’s suitability to have the proposed treatment, which in most cases could be for the placement of a suitably sized dental implant and bone grafting.
However, the CBCT scan also provides crucial information of the health of the sinuses, nasal anatomy, orbital areas, major nerves and vessels. When assessed carefully, we can detect the presence of certain medical conditions which could be cancerous or non-serious, depending on the findings from the CBCT scan report. We take great pride in our thoroughness when reporting on our CBCT scans and although patients will be attending our clinic for ‘dental treatment’, we feel it is our duty as healthcare professionals to report on any other medical abnormalities when we have an opportunity to do so.
This is a very interesting point for many patients to consider. We have found that some patients may be travelling to ‘scanning facilities’ or to ‘cheaper clinics’ to have their CBCT scans performed. In many of these cases, the scan is performed without an in-depth report which may potentially leave medical pathology undetected and undiagnosed. The opportunity to refer to a specialist in secondary care is often missed if the CBCT scan has not been fully reported.
At our clinic, we welcome dentists to refer their patient’s to us if they requires a CBCT scan or for a full report to assess their patient’s scan. As well as helping us to provide higher standards of dental care, this revolutionary machinery could also help detect and treat sinister medical problems early.
You will be positioned in the CBCT machine and you will be asked to maintain this position for 1minute whilst the scan is being taken. You may need more than one scan depending on the reason for your examination, however, each scan only takes a minute to complete.
The scanned image is then developed using our digital computers to allow for thorough assessment and planning by our expert dental team.
At Infinity Dental Clinic, we are leading the way in the most up-to-date and advanced techniques available in the Dental profession. We aim to provide serious dentistry with a long term commitment to quality care. Our digital methods help us lead the way in dentistry in the UK, providing quality treatments to all of our patients.
You can also see examples of some of our work by reading our weekly informative blogs.