City Dental at Quay Park, everyone deserves a dream smile - high tech dentistry

By: City Dental  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Dentistry, Fillings, Risk Assessment

Our commitment to bring the latest international trends and technology to provide leading-edge care in our community has created one of New Zealand's best equipped offices.  We compete with the worlds best facilities and have taken advantage of many advances in dentistry.

Diagnodent Laser

Highly fluoridated outer surfaces make it hard to detect hidden decay in the inner part of the tooth. Conventional detection methods are no longer adequate to detect decay in grooves of back teeth. Using lasers we can find hidden problems at early stages, providing cost effective preventative treatments.

Digital Xray
CEREC 3D One Step Porcelain Fillings

Conventional porcelain dentistry involves taking an impression of teeth and waiting up to two weeks for the final work to return from the laboratory.  Now impressions are a thing of the past. Using sophisticated 3-D technology we can design and create a porcelain filling in one appointment.  Our on-site ceramist will custom glaze the porcelain to make it match perfectly with your natural teeth.

Panoramic Xray imaging

Panoramic imaging is an important part of a new patient assessment.  It allows a full face view of the dental and related structures.  It often reveals hidden problems that would not be detected with smaller conventional xrays.  Essential for any implant diagnosis, wisdom tooth removal and orthodontic analysis it ensures more thorough diagnosis and detection.

Decay Risk Assessment (CaMBRA)

CaMBRA is an acronym for Caries Management By Risk Assessment.  CaMBRA is a method of assessing the risk of dental decay and making dental treatment and restorative recommendations based on an individual patient's risk.

It has been recognised for some years that dental disease is no longer a generic problem.  Individuals show quite different patterns of disease, depending upon the chemistry of events happening in their mouths.

We now know that dental decay is a complex disease caused by about 30 strains of bad bacteria that live alongside good bacteria in the mouth.  We call these bacteria the biofilm - the furry layer that builds up over minutes and hours after you brush your teeth.  

We profile all new patients by taking a sample of their biofilm and assessing the risk of decay.  We profile around 20 other risk factors such as saliva output and pH, caffeine intake, diet, gastric reflux disease, medications, smoking, sporting activities - all of these can have an effect on the rate of decay in an individual.  

To see the biofilm building up on clean teeth over a 20 minute period watch this movie:

Patients with a high bad-bacterial count will start a high pH mouthwash to change the composition of the biofilm.  More good bacteria thrive in a less acidic environment and the decay rate drops.   To read more about high pH mouthwashes and current science in this field go to:

CaMBRA profiling is also critical for those contemplating any kind of recontructive or cosmetic work.  Placing high value dentistry without risk management puts the patient at risk of costly redo dentistry after only a few years, as decay continues to develop around newly placed restorations.
A complete risk management package -  CaMBRA evaluation, bacterial swabs and preventive products - will cost less than 2 fillings and can change patterns of dental disease for a lifetime.

Computerised Treatment Rooms
35mm Digital Photography & Imaging

Using Nikon and Fiji  professional 35mm cameras, we can take detailed views of your mouth for accurate diagnosis and treatment planning.

Environmentally Friendly Equipment

Currently local authorities do not require old fillings to be separated from waste water.  In our quest to be environmentally responsible we installed amalgam separators that extract old mercury fillings as they are sucked up by our vacuum system.  The mercury amalgam is separated before waste water is discharged into public sewers and the amalgam is disposed by collection agencies.

Water used for treatment in all units comes from a dedicated supply of distilled water, free from potential contamination in public water supplies.

Keywords: Dentistry, Fillings, Risk Assessment

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