In this rapidly evolving world and in every facet of life, digital technology has become the new normal. Grandstand Dental Care has invested heavily in the digital space to ensure our patients have the very best that technology has to offer. Keeping current requires commitment and dedication. Our skilled clinicians and team are committed to continuous improvement and have completed advanced training to utilize the advanced technology to its full potential.
What is Digital Dentistry?
Digital dentistry is any digital or computer-based technology that your dental professional may use to examine, diagnose, and treat the health of your mouth.
Today, the digital revolution is modifying our workflows for greater efficiency and enhancing your treatment outcomes. The use of computer based digital devices eliminates numerous tedious manual steps streamlining your treatment options and providing a high standard of patient care.
Some digital dentistry tools that you may come across in your appointments include:
Digital Dental Radiographs
Instead of having to wait a few days for your X-rays to be ready, digital dental X-rays enable the dentist to have access to 3D imaging of the teeth, jaws neck and face in a matter of minutes. Viewed on a computer, we’re able to see a person’s teeth as well as the surrounding bones from almost any angle whilst using the built in tools to better plan your treatment. This new technology allows dentists to get a quality image with a significantly lower dose of radiation.
Cone-Beam Computed Tomography Imaging (CBCT)
A Cone-Beam CT is a rotating X-ray machine which provides a three-dimensional view of the teeth and oral anatomy. It also determines the exact position of the teeth as well as their roots. Additionally, this imaging technique identifies oral conditions which are not detectable by regular X-ray screenings.
If you’ve ever had a conventional impression, you immediately understand the benefits of a digital system. The traditional method requires the patient to place a tray with a thick, gooey material — called alginate — in their mouth and hold for two to five minutes until the material sets. A scanner is placed in the patient’s mouth with digital impressions and moved around the affected area — like waving a magic wand.
Intraoral Scanning, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) / Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and 3D Printing Technology
In the past, dentists would use a mouth guard filled with various impression materials and place it in your mouth in the right position whilst having you bite down until it hardened. The impression was used to make a mold and send it to a lab where your crowns, veneers or implants would be processed.
The intraoral scanning and CAD technology enables the dentist to take a digital 3D scan of your mouth, which is then used to design a prosthesis (crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays, bridges, implant-supported restorations, or dentures). The prosthesis is then either milled out of a solid block of material or 3D printed. This allows our dentists to design, fabricate and insert dental restorations on the same day.
Intraoral scanning also offers maximum hygiene standards. The use of unpleasant traditional impression materials could increase the risk of infection. With digital impressions, you will experience a comfortable scan of your teeth in under two minutes. Various disinfection processes not only eliminate the risk of cross contamination, but also keeps intraoral scanning safe.
Digitally Guided Implant Surgery
Digital guided implant surgery helps dental professionals identify the most precise and effective way to place an implant in your specific jawbone structure using an intraoral scan or a digital radiography. It is extremely accurate, allowing dentists to see how much bone there is to be able to place an implant, resulting in the best treatment and care designed specifically for you.
Practice and Patient Record Management
Instead of keeping records stored away in a cabinet, dental clinics use a combination of technological innovation. This has improved scheduling and workflow, made it easier for your dental professional to access your records right when they need them, and simplified patient information sharing between offices when necessary.
Electric and Surgical/Implant Hand-pieces
Electric and surgical/implant hand-pieces are used to during both surgical and implant procedures. As they are more advanced, they significantly reduce the amount of time needed during these appointments and are much more effective.
Lasers are used for different types of surgical operations related to the gums. This includes creating more space between the gums and the cheeks or for other cosmetic reasons. It is considered a non invasive procedure, inducing minimal bleeding and pain.
Shade matching is a technique where the shade of the teeth is matched to a restorative material. In the past, it was done manually with dental shade guides. Nowadays, the dentist can use a tool such as the Vitapan 3D-Master Shade Guide which is very reliable and precise, resulting in the best shade match customised for you.
Lower Carbon Footprint
Here at Grandstand Dental care, we are making a conscious effort to reduce the number of patient and courier visits. Every time a patient needs to drive or commute to our clinic, greenhouse gases are released. This also applies to couriers delivering our patients lab work. With the help of technology we can drastically reduce our CO2 emissions.