Technology

Operating microscope

A dental microscope is unparalleled in its ability to provide an intensely illuminated, detailed and magnified image of the operating site. Satya is equipped with a Surgical Operating Microscope to assist him in performing the technical aspects of root canal treatment in particular. The most difficult aspect of root treatment is usually when accessing and identifying all the root canals. High-level magnification is absolutely essential in performing the difficult task of removing obstructions in the root canal.

The microscope can also be used to identify hairline cracks in teeth and aid our understanding of the complex root apex anatomy.

Digital radiographs

Digital radiographs enable delivery of treatment to be of the highest standard and involves the patient from the start. It is a form of X-ray imaging, where digital X-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. Using this system, the electronic sensor produces computerised radiographs, which appear instantly on the computer screen. The advantage of digital radiographs is that these images can be stored electronically, printed and utilised to communicate with other practitioners as required. The X-ray radiation dose is reduced by up to 80% compared to conventional film X-rays.

CT scans

Dental radiographs only provide two-dimensional images but with CT scans we are able to view the structures of the mouth in three-dimensions. This is particularly useful for implant treatments to visualise the anatomy of the nerves, roots, bone and sinus. The CT scan is used to accurately determine the volume of bone available for placement of dental implants and helps us plan safe and predictable treatment.

I work closely with a specialised outpatient diagnostic imaging centre which carry out scans for my patients. The scan takes roughly 30 seconds and is completely painless. For further information please visit www.360v.co.uk

CEREC machine

CEREC is a revolutionary system that allows the dentist to design, make and fit a new crown, veneer, onlay or inlay in a single visit. The tooth is prepared for a crown or veneer as normal. A digital image is taken of the tooth using a special camera. The image is then converted into a 3D computerised model, which is used as a guide to design your new tooth. Once your new tooth has been designed, it is then manufactured from a high quality ceramic block using an onsite-milling machine. Your new tooth can be fitted on the same day within 1 hour! 

Flapless Implant Surgery

Flapless implant surgery is a technique, which is carried out without the requirement for incisions during surgery. Digital bone scans and computer guided implant placement techniques has allowed Dr Satya Patel to be able to place dental implants directly through the gum without the need to visualise the bone directly. The digital CT scan of the jaw gives accurate three-dimensional information of the bone and surrounding structures. Specialised computer software allows Satya to place implants virtually on the screen prior to carrying out the actual procedure in the mouth! The advantage of flapless surgery is faster healing, less inflammation and reduced post-operative discomfort.  Flapless surgery is not suitable for all patients but you  may be given the option when your treatment is being planned.

Laser

The use of lasers in dentistry opens the door for the skilled dentist to perform a wider variety of procedures. This state-of-the-art precision technology can be incorporated into a number of general and advanced treatments. The laser can be used to reshape the gum in patients who have a “gummy” smile. Gum recontouring is useful for crown lengthening procedures, which improve the foundation for new crowns. The main benefits for patients having laser treatment include less anaesthetic use, minimised bacterial infections, minimised bleeding and much faster wound healing.