What is Digital Dentistry?

As well as we rely on technology to transfer money and pay our bills, book a holiday trip or communicate with our friends and family, dentistry has also opened a wide door to the world of digital devices and technologies. And we, at VIP Dental Clinic, are happy to welcome this digital revolution!

We have left conventional dentistry behind and opened our doors to every technology and every piece of equipment and tool that is helping us perform more accurate diagnostics, safer clinical procedures and reduce trauma and post-operatory healing times. This is what Digital Dentistry is about. We strongly believe that this is the approach that will improve our patients’ quality of life. And we are proud to say that we are being successful in achieving this.

We are committed to continuous improvement and will continue to concentrate our efforts in finding every opportunity available to introduce digital technology and new equipment and processes into our daily activities, because this is what will help us become better professionals capable of providing ‘better than excellent service’ to the community. And all… because you are the most important reason why we exist.

We encourage you to browse through our website pages and discover our advancements into the world of Digital Dentistry. If you have a question or want to know more, please give us a call; we are happy to help you.

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Dental Software: Dental Practice Management System

Your dental records and appointment scheduling are all managed in our dental practice management system, Dental4Windows (D4W). The different modules featured in this system allows us to manage all aspects of your dental treatment with us. We use D4W to organise your appointment bookings in a timely manner, prepare 2D/3D chartings of your existing condition and proposed treatment plan, manage your radiology digital images and documents and process on-the-spot health fund claims;

D4W also allows us to keep your records under strict confidentiality and privacy. The sterilisation tracking number of the dental instruments that are used in your clinical procedures is automatically recorded in your file every time the package barcode is scanned before the clinical procedures commence. When you reply to a text message that we have sent you reminding you of your next appointment with us or when you book online appointments with us, you are also using our dental practice management system.

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Dental Software: Digital Radiology Imaging Software

Planmeca Romexis® is the imaging software used to produce, view and process all digital radiology imaging obtained with our Planmeca Promax 3D and ProX X-rays equipment.

This software allows us to diagnose, plan and design a vast range of treatments achieving highest levels of accuracy and safety.

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Dental Software: Dental Imaging Management

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EasyDent is a software used for dental imaging management purposes.

This is an easy-to-use software that allows us to capture digital bitewing and periapical radiology images and intra-oral camera images and save them directly into the patient’s electronic file for further use.

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Dental Software: Digital Radiology Imaging Integration Software

We have partnered with Synergy Dental Pty Ltd for the assessment and reporting of digital radiology imaging by registered radiologists.

All radiology images taken with our Planmeca Promax 3D and ProX X-rays are referred to a team of registered radiologists who conduct an assessment of the image and report on the findings. This report is also subject to further review by our dental practitioners who determine the appropriate course of actions based on the report findings.

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Intraoral Camera

A picture is worth a thousand words! and that is precisely what we to want to achieve with our Intraoral Camera. There are times when we want to show a clear picture of the inside of your mouth to better visualise what is happening and how we can help you.  The intraoral camera is a great tool that allows our dental practitioners to better explain and discuss the various treatment options available for you.

The digital images captured with the Intraoral Camera are automatically saved in your electronic file. Our Intraoral Cameras our wireless, portable, lightweight, and high definition LED cameras.  These Cameras provide us with high quality, colour images with extreme close up to capture every detail inside your mouth.

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Dental Treatment Units

Our Dental Treatment Units are integrated units fitted with all the necessary features to provide comfort and usability for you during dental procedures. Among these features, our Dental Treatment Units include a monitor for you to see your digital radiology imaging while you are on the chair discussing this image with the dental practitioner. From the comfort of this chair you can also see your electronic medical record and charting and any other document or image associated with your treatment.

Our Dental Treatment Units can be adjusted to different positions to provide you and the dental practitioner with the most comfortable position for the treatment that will be carried out. These Units are also fitted with high-speed lines, operating lights, hot and cold water and all accessories at easy access for you and the dental practitioner.

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Electronic Tooth Shade Matching

You cannot put up with veneers, crowns or partial bridges of different shade to your natural teeth. No more guessing when it comes to tooth shade determination.  That is something of the past.  We can match the shade of your new prosthesis or veneers to your natural teeth with precision and confidence with the Easyshade® technology that we have available for you at our Clinic.

This advanced technology allows us to automatically determine your overall average tooth shade based on a series of measurements, up to thirty on just one single tooth! This technology also allows us to automatically measure the tooth shade before and after a whitening treatment so that you can appreciate the difference and improvement in shades.

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Guided Bone Generation (GBR)

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We are successfully leading the way in innovation with our approach to regenerative medicine and the advanced technology in dentistry. Our oral surgeries are now conducted performing the Guided Bone Generation (GBR) technique to regenerate bone at the implant placement location.  Using the Silfradent® Medifuge Centrifuge (also known as blood phase separator) we are able to use the Growth Factors (GFs) and stem cells from your own blood to regenerate bone and achieve solid bone foundations for your oral surgeries including dental implant, sinus lift procedures, including wisdom tooth removals where there is a potential for loss or damage to bone or tissue. This equipment and technique allows us to also use the serum of your own blood to carry out wound cleaning procedures and cover surgery cavities to achieve a perfect scar and heal in your oral surgery.

The use of this extraordinary technology is allowing us to reduce the potential of errors during surgery, accelerate your bone and tissue formation, and reduce post-operatory pain, inflammation and bleeding resulting also in better healing and reduced healing times. Next time you visit our Clinic please feel free to ask our dental practitioners on how this extraordinary technique could be used in your upcoming surgery.

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Guided Implant Surgeries

Because your safety is our priority we eliminate all guesswork when placing your dental implants with Guided Implant Surgeries.  This approach on implant surgeries is aimed to provide a greater level of safety by increasing predictability and minimising invasive procedures.

Your implant surgery is planned and designed using our digital radiology imaging and software.  During this design stage, we can assess and predict the optimal position of your implant with respect to the bone, the nerves and the entire maxillofacial structure.  We can also identify the optimal size of your implant and abutment and predict how your prosthesis device would look on it. The design stage of the implant surgery also involves the design of Surgical Guides.

This Surgical Guide is a mouthguard look-like device with holes and angles of specific sizes which is superimposed on your gums or teeth during the surgery, to provide an accurate guide to the dental practitioner when drilling a bone cavity to position your implant. Our Guided implant surgeries are predictable, less invasive and conducted in less amount of time resulting in less pain and improved recovery times. Our dental practitioners will be happy to provide you with detailed explanation on our Guided Implant Surgeries.

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Computer Assisted Anesthesia System

The Computer Assisted Anesthesia System is an alternative to standard injections (local anaesthetic) to control pain during clinic procedures.

Contrary to the conventional method which creates pressure when the anaesthesia is travelling rapidly into the body resulting in pain, this System controls the flow rate at which anaesthesia is being delivered into the gum minimising pain and anxiety.

The Computer Assisted Anesthesia System is an advanced technology that allows us to offer our patients a painless and more comfortable experience well ahead of the traditional dentistry. Please feel free to ask our dental practitioner about the benefits of this System the next time you are visiting our Clinic.

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Conscious Sedation Technique (Nitrous Oxide)

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We can help you reduce the anxiety produced by the thought of your dental procedures, with our conscious sedation technique, called Nitrous Oxide (also known as ‘laughing gas’ or ‘happy gas’). Nitrous oxide is a combination of nitrogen and oxygen in form of a gas that when inhaled it makes you feel more calmed and relaxed while remaining conscious and responsive.

The administration of Nitrous Oxide is tailored by our dental practitioner depending on your specific needs. Nitrous oxide is the ideal calming technique for small procedures and the perfect preamble when the procedure requires local anaesthetics. Please feel free to ask the dental practitioner about the use of Nitrous Oxide next time you visit our Clinic.

We also conduct dental procedures using Dental Sedation technique (also known as sleep dentistry, moderate or twilight sensation) if you are a strong gagger, nervous or fearful about dental procedures or have difficulty coping or cannot remain comfortable in the dental chair during lengthy procedures.

Dental procedures than can be carried out using the Dental Sedation Technique include oral surgeries, implant placement procedures, wisdom tooth removal, endodontic procedures and restorative procedures among several others.

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Surgical Dental Kits

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Surgical Dental Kits are sets of instruments such as drills and tools designed to follow a work flow dictated by a clinic procedure protocol.  For example, when conducting implant procedures, the Surgical Dental Kits provide the dental practitioner with the tools required to undertake every step of the protocol in an organised and logic sequence.

We have Surgical Dental Kits for implant procedures, bone and tissue graft and periodontal treatments among others. Our Surgical Dental Kits allow us to maximise efficiency and accuracy during surgical procedures.  These Kits also allow us to simplify procedures minimising the potential for errors and reducing surgery time and effort in every step of the surgery.

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Physiodispenser

The Physiodispenser is a modern piece of technology used for oral surgeries in particular for implant placement procedures.

The Physiodispenser allows the dental practitioner to calibrate and control the speed and torque at which bone cavities are performed when preparing bone sockets for placement of implants.  The equipment is also fitted with a fully integrated irrigation pump for constant irrigation of a sterile solution.

The Physiodispenser enables the dental practitioner to perform cavities whilst maintaining the properties and components of the bone resulting in better osseointegration of bone and implant.

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Vital Signs Monitor

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Monitoring of your vital signs is a core process during clinical procedures in our Clinic.

The Vital Signs Monitor is an advanced technology equipment that allows us to monitor your non-invasive blood pressure (systolic, diastolic and mean arterial), the amount of oxygen in your blood, your pulse rate and body temperature during surgery procedures.

This equipment also provides us with early warnings enabling dental practitioners to intervene and act promptly to ensure your safety at all times.

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Piezoelectric

The Piezoelectric is high-technology equipment used in oral surgeries including implantology, periodontology and endodontic surgeries, involving bone cutting procedures, tooth removals and root canal procedures.

This equipment uses an ultrasonic frequency that allows the dental practitioner to cut and remove bone in a precise and safe manner with minimum impact on the soft tissue surrounding the bone; this results in minimum trauma, less pain and better and quick healing.

We also use the Piezoelectric to remove calculus during scaling procedures for the safe removal of contaminated tissue without damaging the healthy tissue nearby.

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Glucose Measuring Instrument

Measuring glucose levels is essential as there is a relationship between them and wound healing. Knowing your glucose levels is also critical to enable our dental practitioners to control either high or low glucose levels during clinical procedures, customise post-surgery instructions including your diet and formulate the correct prescriptions.

Your safety is a priority for us. The Glucose Measuring Instrument is a simple and quick system to determine your glucose levels before undergoing dental surgeries.

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Electronic Apex Locator

One of the various challenges in root canal treatments is the accurate location of the apex which is the tip of the root (also known as the pulpal floor) of a tooth before it is (unexpectedly) perforated.

During a root canal procedure, the Electronic Apex Locator provides feedback to the dental practitioner once the periodontal ligament has been touched as an indication that the apex of the tooth has been located.

This equipment therefore allows us to conduct your root canal procedures in a safe and accurate manner minimising the risk of potential periodontal ligament perforations and haemorrhage and the need to unnecessary radiology imaging exposure.

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Rotary System

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The number of curves and degree of curvature of a tooth canals represents a challenge for the dental practitioner conducting a root canal treatment.  The Rotary System is a new concept in root canal preparation.

In a root canal treatment, endondontic files (usually stainless steel or nickel titanium files) are used to clean and shape the tooth canals whilst preparing them to receive the treatment.  Contrary to standard endodontic files, a Rotary System is a vibratory system that provides the flexibility necessary for rotary movements within the tooth canals without impacting or damaging the canal configuration. We must note that our dental practitioner uses one set of files per patient and discards them after each use, in line with our commitment to meet current standards of infection prevention and control.

This modern technology allows us to conduct your root canal treatment in a more accurate and safe manner overcoming the challenges explained above.

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Digital Sterilisation Tracking

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At VIP Dental Clinic we are committed in meeting quality, environmental and safety standards with great emphasis in current standards of infection prevention and control. The dental instruments that we use to conduct your clinic procedures undergo a rigorous sterilisation process meeting existing infection prevention and control guidelines.  Our staff undergoes continuously training and internal surveillance on infection prevention and control procedures to ensure these requirements are met at all times. During the sterilization process we conduct:

  • Decontamination and cleaning
  • Inspection and packaging of the instruments
  • Disinfection

Digital sterilisation tracking whereby dental instruments are tracked through a unique barcode saved in your patient electronic file.  We scan the unique barcode while we have you in the chair and just before we open the package containing the sterilised instruments, meaning that you can witness this step.  You can rest assured that we will always be able to trace the process that was followed to sterilise the instruments that were used to conduct your dental procedures should the need be.

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Autoclaves

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The Autoclaves are high-technology equipment used to sterilise dental instruments to meet current requirements on infection prevention and control.

Dental instruments are placed inside these high pressure steam chambers and subject to significantly high temperatures to kill all forms of viable micro-organisms including spores, achieving maximum sterilisation standards.

Because your safety is essential to us, every set of instruments sterilised in the Autoclaves has a sterilisation tracking number that is scanned and recorded in your medical history every time we use them to conduct your dental procedures.

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Sleep Apnoea Diagnosis and Treatment: MicroTENS

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As part of the assessment and identification of the most suitable treatment for your sleep apnoea, a hard impression of your mouth (model) and your bite registration is required.

In the process of obtaining your bite registration, we recognise the role of the sympatic nervous system in stimulating the body’s responses.  We use the microTENS® technology to calm and reduce the stress of the muscles around the neck, the jaw and airways to determine the most comfortable and healthy position for your oral appliance.

Next time you visit our Clinic please feel free to ask our dental practitioner about the options available to treat your sleep apnoea and therefore improve your quality of life.

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Sleep Apnoea Diagnosis and Treatment: WatchPAT

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We conduct sleep studies using the most advanced non-invasive technology, as part of our dental approach to treat sleep apnoea.

We diagnose your sleep profile and identify your suitability for treatment via polysomnography (PSG) studies (sleep studies) using the WatchPATTM technology. This technology allows us to measure and record the changes in your nervous system and characteristics of your sleep (e.g., periods of deep sleep and light sleep among others), in the privacy and comfort of your own bedroom.  We use this data to diagnose you sleep patterns and profile and identify suitability for treatment.

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Zoom Technology

Teeth whitening is also known as teeth bleaching.  In summary, the process involves a chemical that is applied to the teeth and a light-emitting diode (LED) that is shone on the chemical to activate it.

Teeth whitening is a very effective treatment targeting stains that may have been caused by different factors associated with our lifestyle.  These may include for example smoking, the type of foods or beverages that we eat or drink or even genetic factors. Our teeth whitening treatments include the use of the Zoom Technology, equipment and products.

Zoom is one of the most recognised teeth whitening brands in the market and proven to whiten up to eight shades whiter teeth in just one hour.

Our dental practitioners are also been trained and qualified in the use and application of the Zoom technology using Zoom equipment and products.

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Digital Scanning for Prosthesis Purposes

Do you remember those times when dentists used to insert a tray containing a plastic-soft material in your mouth to obtain an impression (also known as mold) that was then sent to a dental laboratory to fabricate your dentures?  Those times of uncomfortable conventional impressions are finished at VIP Dental Clinic. We have the most advanced technology available in the market in the field of digital impressions.

Our iTero system uses optically assisted laser technology to obtain a full intra-oral scan of your mouth, in real-time imaging, as the digital model is being built on the computer screen.  The digital model is then used to produce a milled model which is sent to a dental laboratory to fabricate your prosthesis device (partial/full bride, crown, etc.).

This high-precision technology supports the use of CAD/CAM systems allowing us to achieve higher levels of accuracy and reliability in restorations and orthodontic treatments without the risk of contamination from the patient.

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CAD-CAM Technology: PRO75 3D printer

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All dental prostheses (crowns, partial bridges, full bridges, crowns over implants, inlays/onlays, bite splints, etc.) are fabricated using the most advance CAD/CAM (computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing) technology.

The CAD/CAM technology includes state-of-the-art equipment such as the Free form PRO75 is a 3D printer to manufacture working/study/wax models of the prosthesis of high accuracy.

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Dental Software: Computer Aided Design (CAD) Software

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Exocad® DentalCAD is the software used to prepare 3D designs of all prostheses such as crowns, veneers, bridges, inlays/onlays, crowns over implants customised abutments among others.

This software allows us to introduce flexibility into the design stage to create high quality restoration work.

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Dental Software: Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) Software

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Quattro Mill CNC is the software used to configure the 3D design of the prostheses and prepare it to be sent to the milling machine Quattro Millmaxi®

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CAD-CAM Technology: Quattro Millmaxi wet/dry milling machine

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All dental prostheses (crowns, partial bridges, full bridges, crowns over implants, inlays/onlays, bite splints, etc.) are fabricated using the most advance CAD/CAM (computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing) technology.

The CAD/CAM technology includes state-of-the-art equipment such as the Quattro Millmaxiwet/dry milling machine to fabricate the prostheses using different materials such as acrylic, porcelain, zirconium oxide, e-max over implants or natural teeth or polymethyl methacrylate (pmma)

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CAD-CAM Technology: Nabertherm furnace

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All dental prostheses (crowns, partial bridges, full bridges, crowns over implants, inlays/onlays, bite splints, etc.) are fabricated using the most advance CAD/CAM (computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing) technology.

The CAD/CAM technology includes state-of-the-art equipment such as the Nabertherm  furnace to carry out a laser sintering of translucent zirconia crowns and bridges.

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CAD-CAM Technology: Dekema press-i-dent

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All dental prostheses (crowns, partial bridges, full bridges, crowns over implants,inlays/onlays, bite splints, etc.) are fabricated using the most advance CAD/CAM (computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing) technology.

The CAD/CAM technology includes state-of-the-art equipment such as the Dekema press-i-dent used to produce the different shades, final adjustments, polishing, glaze and look to match the patient’s exact requirements.

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A VISUAL JOURNEY THROUGH DIGITAL DENTISTRY PROCESS

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