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Dental microscope

Rob started using an operating microscope to aid his clinical work in 2005. It enables him to see things that he would not be able to distinguish with a naked eye, which increases accuracy and optimises results. He has now completely re-designed the layout of his surgery, from his operating microscope outwards. The microscope has 2-20 times magnification and Rob uses it for 90 per cent of his surgery time.

The system is also fitted with a video camera for capturing images at various stages of treatment. A screen mounted above the dental chair gives each patient the option to watch treatment taking place. This promotes a better understanding of what is going on and informs discussions about the treatment process.

CBCT scanner

To aid accurate diagnosis, we have invested in a 3D CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) dental scanner. This provides a real step-change in what we can achieve for our patients. Recent technological advances, such as digital imaging systems, have significantly increased the level of detailed information available to dentists while mitigating the level of patient radiation exposure.

A scan allows us to visualise anatomy that cannot be diagnosed externally, helping with treatment planning, such as dental implants and root fillings, by pin-pointing the orientation and position of critical structures including nerves, teeth and roots. The procedure is completely non-invasive, and often uses around 33 times less radiation than a traditional medical CT scan (as used in hospital).

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