We offer XRays, OPG, Intra-Oral Cameras and Digital Impressions / 3D Scanning with our latest technology.
Our X-rays are digital and allow us to offer very low radiation and instant picture for diagnosis with small sensors to fit easily & comfortably in your mouth. We prefer to take comprehensive X-rays every 2 years as recommended by the ADA. Sometimes X-rays will be taken to diagnose a specific problem or concern as well. If you have concerns about x-rays please discuss it with your dentist, they are always happy to discuss any aspect of your treatment.
Each of our surgeries at Azura are equipped with an intra-oral camera. This very neat pen like device allows the dentist to take pictures (photos) inside your mouth of any areas they would like to investigate.
This allows the dentist to focus in on areas that need further investigation, also to change the contrast and to magnify the image to aid in the diagnosis. These photos can be saved in your file for later reference or comparison if any changes occur. This device is also very helpful to allow you to see what the dentist is looking at in your mouth as the dentist can transfer it to the screen for you to be able to easily see and can help when you and your dentist are discussing your treatment.
Digital Impressions / 3D Scanning
You may have heard of 3D Intraoral Scanning, which is leading edge technology revolutionising the dental industry by allowing more accurate and precise digital impressions that can be instantly sent to the laboratory so they can start on your work straight away. The best part, often it means your dentist doesn’t have to take messy impressions inside your mouth with that goop we all hate having in our mouths.
These scanners work by capturing thousands of pictures of the inside of your mouth using a specially designed ‘wand’ and assembling them into an incredibly accurate 3D model of your mouth, teeth and gums. The whole process takes less than 10 minutes and unlike traditional impressions your dentist can stop at any time for you to swallow, rest or talk. We often use this kind of scanner when we’re doing smile makeovers as it helps us plan out the best treatment for patients who have highly compromised teeth and might require crowns and veneers to help bring their smile back to life.
It’s also really useful when it comes to patients who are going ahead with Invisalign treatment too as the technology can help you visualise possible early indication of results and no messy impressions.