Investment in Technology
Digital dentistry ~ Our Intraoral scanners - TRIOS® and the iTero digital scanners
A digital scanner builds up a 3-D image of the teeth. It provides an extremely accurate clinical record. This is vital for patient education, monitoring situations such as wear and for providing super-accurate laboratory-made restorations.
Dr. Emma Davison at Holistic Dental Centre has invested heavily in not one, but two state-of-the-art scanners. These are used to power her digital practice and provide faster, more comfortable treatment.
Intraoral scanners, like TRIOS® and the iTero, 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.
One major change Dr. Emma Davison’s 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-fashioned impressions taken with putty, caused gagging in 8% of the participants.** Dr. Emma Davison has been using scanners since 2019, 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 analogue impressions.***
In addition, the accuracy of digital impressions make the resulting restorations more precise. Accuracy that cuts down on the need for remakes of the restoration and/or bringing the patient back to re-do the analogue 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 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24789238
***Patient-centred outcomes comparing digital and conventional implant impression procedures: a randomised crossover trial. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25864771
Airflow Specialised Biofilm Removal
Holistic Dental Centre has also invested in specialised Airflow Technology. In fact, hygienists loved using it so much they introduced it to other practices in Farnham.
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 warm water spray and compressed air. While being more efficient and cost-effective than traditional methods, this procedure also delivers higher patient comfort.
- Microorganisms colonise the area and grow – their breeding ground develops its own protective layer. Bacteria then separate and colonise other areas
- Bacteria under cover of biofilm are resistant to drug therapy
- Immune defences of the body are powerless – to subsequently prevent a bacterial invasion, the body triggers a process which breaks down bone tissue
- Implant sites are equally affected by biofilm – peri-implantitis results in implant loss
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