At Painfree Dentistry, we like to introduce new technology that makes treatment and patient educations more effective and comfortable for our patients. Below are just a few of the ways we invest in our patients in our dental clinic. Our dentists and clinical team are always happy to show you how something works and why we use it. We look forward to providing you with world-class dentistry in our Sydney dental clinic.
Painfree Dentistry is fully equipped with in-house digital dental x-ray and OPG (full face) technology. Using only around a third of the radiation of conventional x-rays, digital x-rays allow us to enlarge an image of your teeth to observe small changes and alter contrast to see small lesions. We can then store your dental images on a hard drive or back-up disc for easy retrieval or image printing for patient education. Dental x-rays also allow us to diagnose some oral diseases, plan appropriate treatment, and monitor your treatment’s success.
Digital Smile Design
The technology used in dentistry is changing. Now dentists can use a variety of new technology in their practice. This allows patients to have the best care that is efficient and successful. At Painfree Dentistry we are now offering digital smile design. With digital smile design, we can:
- Create your perfect smile that is unique to you
- Make your smile look its best
- Enhance your smile with a beautiful and natural result
- Improve your confidence about the appearance of your teeth
- Offer payment plans to make digital smile designing available to everyone
What is Digital Smile Design?
Digital smile design has transformed the way dentists perform restorative and cosmetic dentistry. This technology allows dentists to create a smile that enhances your facial features and compliments the characteristics of your face. Now correcting issues like missing teeth is more than a conventional procedure that gives back the function of your mouth. It is now about creating a smile that is the perfect fit for you. Together you and your dentist can create your own unique smile that is designed just for you.
Digital Smile Design Process
This procedure uses an analysis of a patients dental and facial proportions. The analysis will use high-quality digital photographs and videos. These pictures and videos will allow the dentist to understand the relationship of your facial features. The dentist will look at your gums, teeth, lips and smile. Your features will be looked at still, in motion and with different emotions.
The next step will involve digital drawing. Drawings can be created on your pictures to redesign your smile. Tools like a digital ruler will be used to make sure the design is clear to the dental technicians and the dental team. The use of tools like this ensures precision and accuracy. Once the design is completed you will understand clearly the treatment taking place and the attractive result you will have at the end.
As all the designing is digital, this gives patients the unique experience of being able to see what their finished smile while look like before the treatment has started.
How Long Does the Process Take?
Every patient is different and every smile design is unique. This means that there is no exact timescale, it will vary from person to person. It depends on what changes you want to make. Your dentist will discuss timescales with you about your own personalised smile.
During the digital smile design process, you can be involved in the design of your smile. This treatment allows patients to share their ideas and their ideal result. It is a procedure where you can have a say about your smile goal and how you want the finished result to look. You can work with the specialists throughout the treatment. Patient involvement makes this procedure very beneficial for both the dentist and patient. You can see the process step and step and the dentist will know exactly what you want. The combined ideas help to achieve the best results for each individual patient. This is the way forward in creating beautiful and natural looking smiles.
OPG and Ceph
At Painfree Dentistry, we offer special x-rays that can provide a view of the lower face, teeth and jaws. These x-rays are called an OPG (Orthopantomogram) and a Lat Ceph (Lateral Cephalometric Radiograph). With this technology, we can:
- See teeth that have not erupted
- Check for problems with the jawbone
- Check for orthodontic issues
- Get an overview of your teeth and bones
- Make sure you are getting the best care
What Is an OPG?
An OPG shows a panoramic view (broad view) of the lower face. This includes your mouth, upper and lower jaw, bones and teeth. The x-ray displays all of this on a single film. An x-ray like this shows the number of teeth you have, even if they have not erupted yet. Your dentist can also see the position of each tooth.
This technology is different from some of the x-rays as the other ones only show close shots of an individual tooth. We also use OPGs to detect problems with the jawbone; this includes the joint connecting the jawbone to your head. The jaw joint is called the temporomandibular joint or TMJ. These x-rays are also a great tool to evaluate wisdom teeth and to get an overview of the health of your teeth and bones. If you require orthodontic treatment, your dentist may perform this x-ray.
What to Expect During an OPG?
During your x-ray, we ask you to remove any metal objects because objects like these can obstruct the images. Items we ask you to remove are jewellery and glasses. When you are ready, you will rest your face on a shelf. Then, you will bite on a mouthpiece gently – a sterile piece of equipment that we use to keep your head steady. Your head needs to be steady because you need to stay still while the x-ray is happening. The x-ray is a painless procedure that will not give you any discomfort.
What Is a Lat Ceph?
A Lat Ceph shows the lateral view of your face. This x-ray shows a side view of your face which shows your facial contours and bones. Just like OPG, this appears on one single film. As it shows the bones and contours, we use these x-rays for orthodontic treatment. Your dentist may recommend a Lat Ceph for diagnosis and during treatment.
What to Expect During a Lat Ceph?
Just like the OPG, we ask you to remove any metal objects, including jewellery. When you are ready to begin, we ask you to stand with your head against the x-ray machine. This is so the device can be adjusted for your comfort. We adjust plastic supports on each ear. It is like wearing headphones. This just makes sure that your face is exactly where it should be. X-rays are completely painless and comfortable.
At Painfree Dentistry, we always look for the latest technology to improve our treatments and dental practice. One of the latest pieces of dental technology we have available for our patients is the intraoral camera.
What Is an Intraoral Camera?
This digital camera is a tool that dentists use to obtain precise and high-quality images of the mouth. The camera can take pictures of hard to see places inside the mouth, and it can also detect fractures that the eye cannot see. The intraoral camera is small and pen-shaped; it is a comfortable way to inspect a patient’s mouth.
We use these cameras during check-ups. We offer this to our patients because we want our patients to fully understand their dental health and any issues. With high-quality pictures and videos, you can see what the dentist sees. Patients can be more involved with decision-making and can have confidence in dental treatment choices.
Why Use Intraoral Cameras?
These cameras allow dentists to assess a patient needs more efficiently. It is a new technology that makes check-ups better because your needs can be properly assessed. We connect the camera to a screen, so there is live video footage of the inside of your mouth. This allows dentists to show you what they see and help you understand and see any issues. The intraoral camera also takes photos which gives dentists a record of your mouth. This way, We can spot any changes, and you and the dentist can both see the progress of any treatment you have.
You can also take photos of your teeth and mouth home with you. This is useful so you can monitor your dental health and any treatments you have had. You can detect any changes early and let your dentist know straight away. This way, you can have a record of your dental health.
Advantages of Using the Camera
There are many advantages to these cameras; the main ones are:
- Pictures of your mouth allow you and the dentist to have a better look at any issues.
- Pictures allow you and the dentist to keep track of changes over time and during treatment.
- You can view any issues in your mouth, and it will allow the dentist to explain the issue and treatment better.
- Pictures allow dentists to easily refer patients and allow specialists to give their opinion as they can easily see any issues.
- The images can go on your dental record. This allows the dentist to keep track of any staining and changes in your oral health.
- Dentists can plan treatment better.
You can learn a lot about your dental health, and you can ask any questions.