Dental Technology

Yarm, Stockton-on-Tees, North Yorkshire.

Advantages of modern dental technology

Since the practice opened in 2005, we have continually invested and reinvested in the latest state-of-the-art technology to make your visit comfortable and convenient, providing you with a strong, healthy and beautiful smile.

Click on the links below to explore some of the technology we use at Enhance Dental Care – you might be interested in learning a bit more about what goes into delivering the dental treatments we are able to offer.

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Instantly you get a high-resolution image that can be enlarged and enhanced to provide your dentist with the information they need to treat or maintain your dental health.

Better image quality to better detect, diagnose, treat and monitor oral conditions and diseases
Patients can view results themselves on screen to help with treatment planning
A tiny fraction of the old-fashioned x-ray films
Instant image display reduces appointment length

It is a small handheld video camera that enables dentists to capture actual and apparent images of the inside of your mouth and view your teeth from multiple angles that otherwise would be a struggle to see.

They are a high-tech piece of equipment used to create an accurate 3D scan of the teeth and gums. The iTero prioritises patient comfort, precision, and speed all at the same time.

It’s a simple process to gather the digital images: a ‘wand’ is moved around your mouth, capturing thousands of frames per second. Then, the computer system pieces the images together to create an accurate 3D image of your entire mouth.

The primary purpose of a 3D scan is to create a dental model for restorative and orthodontic treatments. It is from this model that your veneer, crown, bridge, orthodontic aligner, or retainer will be made. 

If you’re considering orthodontic alignment, you’ll even be able to preview your new smile on screen before you start your treatment, using the treatment outcome simulator.

A CBCT scanner is a machine that produces precise, high resolution 3D images of your mouth, including the teeth, jaws, soft tissue, and bones – all with high levels of detail. Unlike traditional X-rays, CBCT scanners can distinguish between different types of tissue and this enables the dentist to see structures in and around the mouth in greater detail.

What are the benefits of a CBCT scanner?

The scanner produces incredibly accurate and detailed images, which are extremely beneficial during the detection and diagnosis of oral health problems and structural abnormalities.
Scanned images can be used to monitor the efficacy of treatment and can also aid in the planning of treatment.
Dentists can use the detailed images to talk openly to patients about oral health conditions and more easily explain how treatment will work.
CBCT scanners also improve accuracy and reduce the risk of complications, as they provide incredibly detailed images and allow dentists to assess the risk of a procedure or course of treatment.

What are CBCT scanners used for?

Dental implant planning and placement
Diagnosis and detection of infections and tumours
TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) diagnosis and evaluation
Complex endodontic cases

An Orthopantomagram (OPG) is a type of dental x-ray that captures the entire mouth and jaw with a panoramic style.

This 2D x-ray image is a specialised form of dental imaging that allows the dentist to determine more information about specific problem area.

Some of the conditions OPGs can identify include: 

Impacted teeth
Fractured jawbones
Tumours in the face, mouth or around the eyes
Bone loss and deterioration
Dental caries (commonly referred to as cavities)

OPG’s are also used before children’s orthodontic treatment to view the development of the new teeth under their baby teeth. This helps to make a full orthodontic assessment and plan for treatment in advance to be carried out when it’s most appropriate.  

Ceramic reconstruction (CEREC) uses computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology to take impressions quickly and generate a precisely fitted restoration for damaged teeth

We use CEREC technology to precisely fabricate restorations for both restorative and cosmetic dental treatments.

Dental Veneers
Crowns, Inlays & Onlays  
Dental Bridge

How can CEREC help me?

One of the biggest advantages of CEREC is convenience. Dental work that traditionally requires multiple visits, weeks apart, can be created and placed in one single appointment at Enhance Dental Care.

Completing the treatment in one single visit avoids the need for temporary solutions. Temporary solutions can be more stressful to care for and put you at more risk for dental problems while you have them.

The fabrication created by the milling machine is very accurate and allows your dentist to maintain more control over the process. This allows for a better fitting restoration.

 

A dental microscope is a high-tech piece of equipment that provides enhanced visualization that often supports both diagnosis and treatment.

A bright LED light often attached to the scope providing shadow-free illumination of the patient’s mouth, and various controls will allow your dentist to:

Take pictures or videos during the procedure for patient education
Change the magnification level, fine tune the focus
Turn filters on when performing different procedures

With its high magnification and coaxial illumination, a dental microscope is a convenient tool that allows the dentist to see things that are not visible to the naked eye.

The Quicklase Soft Tissue Laser can be used in many cases to help fix gum problems, prepare around your tooth for restorative dentistry or cosmetically enhance your smile.

What are the benefits?

Laser surgery is less invasive and more comfortable
Quicker healing and more effective than traditional surgical methods
Allows immediate haemostasis, removes the need for sutures and helps keep post operative complications to a minimum

Instead of using traditional manual files and stainless-steel instruments to treat root canal. Rotary endodontics employs electrically powered instruments to perform treatment on root canals. The tool we use is equipped with a tip made of nickel titanium. This material is 5 times more flexible than stainless steel.

Due to the flexibility, the nickel-titanium instrument can perform unique movements that allow the tool to insert deeply into a curved root canal without damaging or stretching the passageway. This allows a more reliable procedure to be done in a quicker manner.

What are the benefits?

Precision – The nickel titanium can clean out the root canal more smoothly and consistently. 
Faster – Rotary Endodontic Technology is much faster than traditional methods meaning less time in the dental chair.
Reliability – Root canal procedures have less chance of complications and are more reliable.

Some of the benefits of dental technology

Better image quality
Early diagnosis
Patient education
Fewer appointments
Complex endodontic cases
Instant image displays
3D models of teeth and gums
Less invasive treatments
Greater patient comfort
Preview treatment results
More conservative treatment
Improved precision

Referrals

We often receive referrals from other dental practices to provide these treatments, if you represent a practice looking to refer this type of treatment please get in touch with our team to discuss your requirements.