At Ashton & Lonsdale Dental Practices we strive to provide the safest, most accurate and patient-friendly imaging equipment. We constantly review latest technologies and techniques in order to improve the detection, treatment and prevention of dental issues – ensuring that our patients have an accurate and clear view of their dental procedure.
Digital Radiographic System – producing accurate and low dose xrays
CBCT 3-D Scanner (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) – giving the dentists the ability to collect much more data than standard 2-D x-rays.
Laser Caries Detector – to can detect early signs of decay
Computerised Anaesthesia System (the Wand) a highly accurate painless injections system
Inter-Oral Camera – allowing patients to see accurate photographs in real time
State-of-the -Art 3D Scanner – Dentists use radiographs (Xrays*) for many reasons: to find hidden dental structures, malignant or benign masses, bone loss and cavities. However 3-D scans give the dentists the ability to collect much more data than standard 2-D x-rays.
In our Ashton practice we have recently installed a CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) 3-D scanner.
The 3-D scanner uses a cone-shaped beam and digital processing to reconstruct a virtually distortion-free 3-D image of the patient’s complete skull or dental anatomy in a single pass, depending on the field of view. The 360° model of the patient that results from the scan can be rotated, and slices can be isolated and manipulated for analysis.
This highly accurate 3-D image of the patient’s anatomy leads to enhanced diagnosis for a wide range of clinical applications and therefore a more appropriate treatment for patients.
CBCT can be useful in a variety of different areas including:-
• Oral surgery
• TMJ (jaw bone) analysis
• Airway studies relating to sleep apnea
• Periodontal (gum) disease
• Root canal anomalies
We are not only able to diagnose our own patients using this technology but also take referrals from other dental practices. Patients will be supplied with the scan including the viewing software on the day of the scan. Contact the practice for more details.
We also have an operating microscope to enhance vision and show us minute details and fine structures enabling us to improve the quality of both the examination and the treatment.
* The dosage of X-ray radiation received by a dental patient is typically small around 0.150 mSv for a full mouth series, according to the American Dental Association website, equivalent to a few days’ worth of background environmental radiation exposure, or similar to the dose received during a cross-country air plane flight.