Technology


We utilise the latest professional equipment to make sure your visit to Progressive Dental is as comfortable for you as possible, and to ensure you get the best treatment available. All patients have the option of a vibrating neck cushion to ease aching muscles, and personal CD or DVD player with headphones which will make your visit even more entertaining (and less stressful).

Our professional dental technology includes:

OPG

This is a machine which will two dimensional panoramic dental X-ray of both your lower and upper jaw. Its full name is an orthopantomogram, and is also sometimes called a panorex. The whole process is faster than a cone beam, but doesn’t show as much detail.

CBCT

Sometimes called a Cone Beam, this device takes hundreds of distinct images as the scanner revolves around your head. Those images are then fed into special software which reconstructs a three dimensional image of your jaw. Cone beams are very important in treatment planning if you’re looking at dental implants. Because the images are of such high quality and so detailed, they’re also useful in endodontic treatment, orthodontics and other treatments as well.

Microscopy & DNA testing

We use microscopy to demonstrate the bacteria that exist in plaque on the teeth. Many of them are harmless, some not so. Many studies show that gum disease, diabetes and pre term births in pregnant women.

This leads to an assessment if what we see on the microscope via oral DNA testing, which assesses using saliva sample the specific types of bacteria and the quantities of them.

Progressive Dental is the only practice in Australia to have a microscope used for periodontal treatment.

T Scan

The bite is critical to the balance of the whole skeletal system (Refer to the rat study). So bite imbalances can be a source of neck pain, shoulder pan and back pain. On a smaller scale it can lead to dental problems – increased risk of a fractured tooth (photos) or an excess load can lead to a damaged nerve under a tooth necessitating root canal treatment or extraction.

Traditionally, dentistry uses carbon paper pressure spots, which lacks accuracy. What this does not tell is which tooth hits first, causing the jaw to slide, or which teeth have the heaviest forces.

To prove accuracy, we use the computerised T-Scan, which is a sensor that the patient bites on that is connected to the computer. It quantifies what teeth hit first and where excess forces are (Photo of T-Scan image). These can then be micro adjusted for a more optimal bite.

OralID

OralID is a tool used in the screening of oral cancer. OralID works by shining a safe, bright blue light into the oral cavity to identify oral abnormalities. The screen takes roughly two minutes to complete.

When viewed through the OralID filters, healthy tissue in the mouth shines as a green colour. Suspicious tissue appears as a dark, misshaped patch. When suspicious tissue is found, your dentist will ask you a series of questions to determine if the patch could be harmless (eg. a burn from hot food). If no reason can be found for the abnormal patch your dentist may suggest that you be examined again with a follow up screen in two to three weeks. At this time if the suspicious tissue has not improved in appearance, your dentist may suggest that you see a specialist for a biopsy.


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