Advanced Dentistry in the modern dental practice

Cleaning Technology

At Annerley Dental we use the latest technology for your regular scale and cleaning. Old methods while removing calculus and plaque do not remove biofilm. In combination with traditional techniques this new device gives you the best clean to help promote good oral health.

The AIR-FLOW® Method from EMS involves projecting a jet of compressed air, water and fine powder particles onto the surface of the tooth to polish the surface and remove debris. Plaque, soft deposits and colorations disappear quickly – even from interproximal areas.

It is estimated that 1 mm of dental plaque, weighing about 1 mg, contains more than 200 million bacteria. When left untreated these microorganisms colonize the area and develop biofilm, a breeding ground resistant to drug therapy and the body’s immune defenses. In turn, biofilm causes periodontitis or peri-implantitis to spread unchecked.

To combat biofilm, the AIR-FLOW® System from EMS reaches down to 5 mm pocket depth. For deeper pockets, subgingival air-polishing is granted by EMS’s Original PERIO-FLOW® Method.

The Original AIR-FLOW® Method developed by EMS utilizes an air-powder mixture and water for a variety of preventive and restorative dental treatments. Not only does it make air-polishing reliable and efficient for the dental practice, it also delivers patient comfort since it utilizes no curettes and makes no noise.

With the gentle application of kinetic energy, it causes no damage and will not scratch the tooth surface. In short, the Original AIR-FLOW® Method is the key to better oral health for the patient.

The advantages of AIR-FLOW® in a nutshell:

• Removes dental plaque and hence helps preventing periodontal diseases such as gingivitis or periodontitis
• Removes teeth stains
• Helps maintain implants sound
• Cleans and opens fissures for sealing
• Cleans prior to bonding orthodontic brackets

Digital Radiography

Digital Dental Practice

Annerley dental is a fully digitised practice. The benefit of this is clearly seen when it comes to dental x-rays.

Digital radiography typically reduces radiation exposure by 75% or more compared to traditional x-rays.

The dentist can control the exposure of each image in real time, as the x-rays are available for reading and adjustment instantly.

He can also enlarge images, and make enhancements to help read the image captured of your teeth.

These features greatly improve the ability to detect and diagnose dental caries and disease in their current state.

They also provide immediate visuals for patient education, so you are able to see exactly what the dentist does to help you understand your treatment.

Enhanced X-ray image quality

Clarity and detail are crucial in dental imaging.

Digital X-ray equipment provides image quality that can surpass traditional film, bringing out tiny fractures and imperfections that might have been missed on film.

Better record keeping

With digital X-ray equipment, you eliminate the need to file and store hard-copy radiographic images.

They are not subject to storage so are free from damage from environmental factors.

This allows the dentist to review your x-rays and compare to previous records to properly review your oral health over time.

No chemical developers 

Nobody likes dealing with harmful developing chemicals and fixing solutions. Digital radiography eliminates the need for automatic film processors, taking with it the odor & wait times.

Instant processing means diagnosis and treatment happens at your appointment which is essential for dental emergencies.

Easier use

Many dentists agree that digital radiography is easier, cleaner and faster than any conventional radiography.

This allows the dentist to spend time on patient care improving your dental experience.

Oral Diagnosis with VELscope

Examination and Assessment

The VELscope® Vx Enhanced Oral Assessment System centers on a handheld scope that is used by dentists to help detect oral tissue abnormalities, including cancer and pre-cancer.

The VELscope® Vx system is an adjunctive device which means it must be used together with and as a supplement to the traditional intra and extra oral head and neck exam. Unlike other adjunctive devices used for oral examinations, the VELscope® Vx does not require any dyes or prolonged testing procedures.

In fact, a VELscope® Vx exam can be performed in the surgery during a routine hygiene exam in about two minutes.

A New Way to Examine for Oral Disease

VELscope® Vx technology is changing the way oral mucosal examinations take place. The VELscope® Vx handheld device emits a harmless, bright blue light which is used to inspect the mouth and tongue.

The device is extremely sensitive to abnormal tissue changes and the distinctive blue-spectrum light causes the soft tissue (oral mucosa) of the mouth to naturally fluoresce.

Healthy tissues fluoresce in distinct patterns that are visibly disrupted by trauma or disease, such as neoplastic lesions, and fungal, viral or bacterial infections.

Why Early Discovery Matters?

The VELscope device is an imaging modality which is extremely sensitive to tissue changes.

Its use in everyday practice can provide timely information to dentists and hygienists to enable earlier detection of abnormal tissues and provide better outcomes for patients.

The statistics are highly favourable: when discovered early the 5-year survival rate for oral cancer patients is about 83%.

Unfortunately, most cases of oral cancer are discovered in late stages, when the five-year survival rate drops to around 50 percent.

Changing Demographics

New research confirms that the risk factors for oral cancer have been expanded to include the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV16), in addition to tobacco use, frequent and/or excessive alcohol consumption, a compromised immune system, and past history of cancer. This changing demographic presents an unprecedented call to action for oral cancer awareness and regular screenings.

If you have any concerns you can ask about your current oral health at your next check up appointment with Mark.