8/31/2014

3D Cone Beam Scanning Technology revolutionizing Dentistry in Preston



Technological developments, such as digital imaging systems, have considerably improved the level of detailed information available to dentists. Dental X-rays are important in the diagnostic assessment of patients. Radiographic images help in the diagnosis, treatment planning and follow up of patients with conditions affecting the head, face, teeth and jaw. While some dentists have long relied on 2-D imaging for diagnosis and treatment planning, this technology typically requires multiple exposures, and with them, multiple doses of radiation.

Computed tomography (CT) imaging, also referred to as a computed axial tomography (CAT) scan, involves the use of rotating x-ray equipment, combined with a digital computer, to obtain images of Jaws/teeth. Using CT imaging, cross sectional images of body organs and tissues can be produced. Though there are many other imaging techniques, CT imaging has the unique ability to offer clear images of different types of tissue. CT imaging can provide views of soft tissue, bone, muscle, and blood vessels, without sacrificing clarity.

Today, with a properly prescribed 3-D scan, your dentist can gain the ability to collect much more data – often with a single scan and potentially with a lower effective patient dose. This highly accurate 3-D image of the patient’s anatomy from a single scan allows the practitioner to better diagnose and understand the true extent of dental disease, and they can provide for more appropriate treatment for patients.

7/13/2014

Is Tooth Bonding Right for Me?




Tooth bonding or cosmetic dental bonding refers to the use of special composite resins in order to rebuild part of a tooth’s missing structure. 

The dental resins used for tooth bonding are quite durable. In addition, these composite dental resins are colour matched to your teeth so that they are virtually undetectable. Therefore It requires great expertise and an artistic eye to achieve optimal aesthetics.

Tooth bonding is best suited to deal with minor chips and cracks on teeth that are cosmetic in nature and do not compromise the overall structure of a tooth. Cases of minor tooth discoloration or tooth stains can also be fixed through tooth bonding. For tooth damage along the biting surfaces of the teeth, composite bonding resins can be used to form inlays and onlays.

The tooth bonding process is relatively simple and involves no pain or discomfort. A dental resin is selected that most closely resembles the natural colour of the tooth to be treated. The tooth is then prepared for the tooth bonding material, which means making the surface a bit rough in order for the resin to adhere more effectively.