The picture to the left shows biofilm in symbiosis with a variety of bacteria - protected from the outside, proliferating on the inside.
LEFT: Photos by Prof. Dr. A. Mombelli, University of Geneva, Switzerland The pictured biofilm is thickly layered on the root surface. Following treatment with the Original AIR-FLOW® Method, the biofilm is removed, the root surface is clean and smooth down to the base of the periodontal pocket.
The AIR-FLOW® System is a method of professional mechanical tooth cleaning for selective removal of plaque and stains from all tooth surfaces using EMS devices. It delivers a controlled stream of fine powder particles to the tooth surface through water spray and compressed air. While being more efficient and cost-effective than traditional methods, this procedure also delivers higher patient comfort.
Periodontal disease management was considered off limits for air polishing but is now a reality, even in deep areas, thanks to the latest developments brought by EMS. With the new PERIO-FLOW® nozzle and the new AIR-FLOW® Powder PERIO, the Original AIR-FLOW® Method now reaches the deepest periodontal pockets and delivers greater efficacy and more patient comfort than conventional curettes or other instruments.
Speak with your Dentist and Hygienist about AIRFLOW appointments at the practice – 01252 820004
Dr. Emma Davison at Holistic Dental Centre has added the industry's most accurate* intraoral scanner, TRIOS® by 3Shape, to power her digital practice and providing faster, more comfortable treatment.
Intraoral scanners, like TRIOS®, are used in digital dentistry to take super high-speed images of a patients' mouth. The images, called digital impressions, are then brought into CAD/CAM software to design and manufacture dental restorations like dentures, crowns, veneers, dental implants as well as plan orthodontic treatments and create orthodontic appliances.
Digital dentistry workflows speed up patient appointments and save production time as well as enhancing nearly all diagnostic, restorative and surgical procedures. Dental procedures that once took weeks are now done in a single appointment.
One major change Dr. Emma Davisons patients will notice right away is not having to take complete-arch impressions the old way using silicone putty – a procedure known to strike fear in many patients.
In a study published by the American Dental Association, old-fashion impressions taken with putty, caused gagging in 8% of the participants.** Dr. Emma Davison is now using TRIOS® which means no more gooey impressions and no more gagging for her patients.
Taking impressions digitally is also more comfortable for the patient. A study by the University of Bern School of Dental Medicine found that 100% of the patients in the study preferred the digital workflow as opposed to taking analog impressions.***
In addition, the accuracy of digital impressions make the resulting restorations more precise. Accuracy that cuts down on the need for having to make remakes of the restoration and/or bringing the patient back to do over the analog impression because of a fault or damage to the impression caused during shipping, designing and storage. And importantly, because it's digital, there are no more plaster models to throw out.
*ADA Study: Evaluation of the Accuracy of Six Intraoral Scanning Devices: An in-vitro Investigation
**Gagging and its associations with dental care-related fear, fear of pain and beliefs about treatment - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24789238
***Patient-centered outcomes comparing digital and conventional implant impression procedures: a randomized crossover trial. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25864771