Investment in the future

Sterilisation

We of course have a dedicated room for this and highly trained staff. Both there and in each surgery there are designated zones to help in the control of disinfection and your and our safety. As you would expect this is constantly monitored, audited and our protocols updated as new techniques and technologies demand it. You will see sterile instruments being taken to and from the surgeries throughout the day. Whenever it is appropriate, disposables are used.

Utterly essential for every practice of course. Essential, but not glamorous.

Air abrasion

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So much of modern restorative dentistry involves chemically bonding to your tooth. By using this technology to clean and condition the tooth we are able to ensure the best possible bond and life for your newly restored tooth. In modern dentistry it is difficult to do the best work without it. At a microscopic level it massively increases the surface area available for bonding as well as rendering it chemically clean.

Air abrasion can replace a conventional dental drill in the preparation of tooth surfaces when filling cavities. A thin direct stream of aluminum oxide particles driven by compressed air at high velocity “blasts” and cleans with virtually no loss of healthy tooth material. This advanced technique painlessly removes microscopic amounts of tooth decay, sparing healthy tooth structure in the process and can do away with the whining of a conventional drill.

Magic Wand

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For those who fear needles and injections we use the Wand. This computer controlled device ensures anaesthesia is extremely comfortable. With the Wand, it is the precise control of flow rate and pressure that produces a comfortable injection even in potentially more “difficult” areas like the palate, which means that you will find this a much more tolerable part of any treatment.

Digital X-rays

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Digital x-rays reduce radiation exposure and ensure that the image is viewed to its clearest ability. Each digital image is instantly and automatically transmitted to your personal monitor, eliminating the usual wait for x-ray film to be processed. By using the correct aiming devices we can further reduce dosage by improving accuracy and reproduceability thereby almost eliminating retakes.

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Cerec

same day crown

Studies have shown that the 20 year survival can be better than gold. The dentist prepares the tooth being restored either as a crown, inlay, onlay or veneer. The tooth is then imaged by a 3D camera to the CEREC computer. Using the proprietary software, a restoration can be designed to restore the tooth to a natural form and function. This data is stored in a file and is sent via wireless transmission to a milling machine and your restoration is milled out of a solid ceramic block. Milling time takes up to twenty minutes depending on the complexity of the restoration.

The ceramic material has properties that make it most suitable for use in dental restorations. It expands and contracts in response to temperature changes and flexes at a rate effectively the same as natural tooth. It also wears at the same rate as enamel.

We use air abrasion to ensure the bond.

Periowave

Photoactive disinfection (PAD) to the depths of the periodontal pocket by using a cold laser and dye. Painless.

Intra Oral Camera

dental intra oral cameraWhen appropriate we will use a small wand-like camera to show you areas of your mouth to help us to explain what we are talking about! We also use a normal camera a lot to record “before and after” your work.

Tooth Whitening

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The Stafford Dental Practice is now proud to offer the brand new Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed Teeth Whitening. Also known as Zoom 4, it is ideal for anyone looking for immediate results.

Philips’  Zoom Whitening systems have been constantly developed, and the brand new WhiteSpeed is the only LED system that has variable intensity to maximize patient comfort.

Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed Teeth Whitening has another benefit; with Relief ACP (Amorphous Calcium Phosphate) and Fluoride it can improve and protect your tooth enamel by adding lustre, increasing the time that the new whiteness will last and rebuilding enamel.

ROOT FILLINGS

The most important part of successful root canal treatment is the skill, experience and up to date training of the dentist. The technology is to make life simpler and more predictable.

Endox

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This is used for disinfection of root canal systems during treatments. It uses 3 methods; very localised heat within the tooth, a radio pulse (EMP) and ozone.

A very fine wire is placed within the anaesthetised tooth. A high frequency radio pulse is then passed through the tooth in a fraction of a second and this disrupts any remaining microorganisms contaminating the inside of the tooth. A localised area (less than 0.5mm) is near-instantaneously heated enough to also kill bacteria as well as to help in removing the smear layer from the internal surfaces of the root. The pulse also produces ozone within the root system; ozone is the most powerful, natural disinfectant known and is harmless to the body. This addition to our usual root canal protocol helps to further eliminate infection as well as any remaining, unwanted dead tissue inaccessible with our conventional techniques.

X-Smart endodontic motor

root filling

This highly accurate motor allows the safe use of rotary nickel titanium files when performing root fillings. We are able to precisely control the speed and torque applied as specified by the manufacturer, to minimise the risk of these fine instruments being damaged or breaking during use. Of course all of these instruments are used only once, but every little helps.

Elements Obturation Unit

root filling

With this system a dense, inert filling is placed to the full length of the root complex to eliminate a harbour for harmful microbes.

To get the best success with a root filled tooth, removal of bacteria is key. Endox, thorough irrigation and a good canal shape within the tooth (using the correct files and instruments) are the best ways to achieve this. To ensure the most dense and effective obliteration of the space we use the Elements system to prevent recolonisation after treatment.

root canal

before treatment

good root canal

after treatment

root canal

before retreatment

good root canal

after retreatment