Wakefield House Dental
Wakefield House, Level 1, 90 The Terrace Wellington NZ

Technology

The field of dentistry makes advances every day, and Dr Findlay values staying current with the latest technology for the benefit of our patients. We consider the modern dentistry we provide is an investment in our patient’s health and the beauty of their smiles.

Here are a few ways we use the latest technology to consistently provide high-quality dentistry in the most comfortable and accurate manner.

DIAGNOcam Trans-illumination Cavity Detection

Studies have shown that the DIAGNOcam is an innovative new instrument which in some cases, can even more accurately detect the presence and extent of hidden dental decay where conventional methods of visual inspection, probing with a dental probe and x-rays can be inconsistent and open to interpretation.

In certain circumstances, the DIAGNOcam’s accuracy can be enhanced when used in conjunction with the DIAGNOdent instrument.

The technology uses a digital, fibre-optic infra-red laser which painlessly “trans-illuminates” a tooth to identify cracks and very small demineralisation defects that occur when dental decay first starts.

Because the instrument uses laser light, absolutely no x-ray dose is required.

Dental decay is a complex process that occurs in several stages, from a barely detectable demineralisation defect, right through to a very large and obvious cavity, infected with bacteria.
The critical stage is when the early decay process finally breaks the enamel surface, causing a “dental cavity” which then requires cleaning and filling. Wouldn’t it great if a dentist could identify a developing cavity in the early stages and even reverse the decay process before a filling is even required?

The challenge for dentists has always been how to accurately determine this threshold with the traditional methods they have…until now.

Dr Findlay examines his patients with the DIAGNOdent and DIAGNOcam instruments as a  fantastic new way of increasing the accuracy of the diagnostic process. In a surprising number of cases with the early detection of the decay process and appropriate preventative advice, fluoride and healOZONE treatments, it can be arrested or even reversed, and a filling can be avoided. Wow! 

 

DIAGNOdent Laser Cavity Detection

Studies have shown that the DIAGNOdent is an innovative new instrument which in some cases, can even more accurately detect the presence and extent of hidden dental decay where conventional methods of visual inspection, probing with a dental probe and x-rays can be inconsistent and open to interpretation.

In certain circumstances, the accuracy can be enhanced when used in conjunction with the DIAGNOcam instrument.

The technology uses laser light energy to accurately detect the presence and extent of a cavity in its very early stages. It assigns a digital number which determines if the critical threshold has been reached where a filling is required. The number can also be used for monitoring and for future comparison.

Because the instrument uses laser light, absolutely no x-ray dose is required.

Dental decay is a complex process that occurs in several stages, from a barely detectable demineralisation defect, right through to a very large and obvious cavity infected with bacteria.

The critical stage is when the early decay process finally breaks the enamel surface, causing a “dental cavity” which then requires cleaning and filling. Wouldn’t it great if a dentist could identify a developing cavity in the early stages and even reverse the decay process before a filling is required?

The challenge for dentists has always been how to accurately determine this threshold with the traditional methods they have…until now.

Dr Findlay examines his patients with the DIAGNOdent and DIAGNOcam instruments as a  fantastic new way of increasing the accuracy of the diagnostic process. In a surprising number of cases with the early detection of the decay process, and appropriate preventative advice, fluoride and healOzone treatments, it can be arrested or even reversed, and a filling can be avoided. Wow! 

healOzone

The healOzone machine produces Ozone gas which sterilises the surface of a tooth, by removing all traces of bacteria, fungus’ and viruses. It is most often used to “heal” or reverse a cavity in its early stages when used in conjunction with special re-mineralising solutions and sealant materials. The disposable silicone tip of the machine’s hand-piece gently seals onto the tooth’s surface and precisely and painlessly swirls Ozone gas into the tiny pits and fissures in the outer enamel. The handpiece then safely sucks away the ozone, leaving a completely sterile tooth surface ready for the preventative treatment.

It is commonly used with the DIAGNOcam and the DIAGNOdent instruments which can help to identify cavities in their early stages which will respond to healOzone treatment.

Preventative dentistry at its best!

Intraoral Digital X-Rays

Dental x-rays are an essential part of the diagnostic process because they identify hidden conditions occurring beneath the surface of the teeth and jaws. Intraoral x-rays assist in detecting decay, abscesses, deteriorating bone levels in the gum, fractured roots and many other dental abnormalities.

Because we care about your safety, here at Wakefield House Dental we use low-radiation digital technology for all our dental x-rays. These images can provide a number advantages over conventional film x-rays. As an added benefit, they are also better for the environment as they eliminate the need to process in chemicals.

Digital x-rays appear instantly on our patient room monitors, so we can even show you what we see. We recommend the frequency of x-rays specific to each individual patient, based on their particular needs.

We are happy to discuss the necessity as well as the safety of digital x-rays. Feel free to contact our dental rooms or speak to us at your next appointment.

Panoramic Digital X-Rays

Panoramic x-ray images differ from conventional intraoral x-ray images in that they produce a complete “scan” image of the entire mouth. The Panoramic x-ray machine revolves around the head and captures a single, low-dose digital image of the teeth, jawbone and TMJs (temporomandibular joints) all on one larger film rather than on multiple smaller versions.

Panoramic digital x-rays assist with the following diagnoses and treatments:

•    Evaluation of wisdom teeth
•    Assessment of the gum’s bone levels
•    Identifying cysts and tumours
•    Planning the placement of Dental Implants
•    Detection of bone infections
•    Evaluation of tooth roots

Zirconia Crowns

Zirconia crowns are becoming increasingly common as a metal-free, incredibly strong and highly aesthetic option to repair decayed or damaged teeth. Zirconia crowns have varying degrees of opacity, which is useful in covering dark or stained teeth. Because zirconia crowns do not contain metal components, they are a great alternative for patients with specific allergies to certain metals used in other crowns. ​

Gold Crowns

Gold has been used in dentistry for many many years and there is good reason. Gold crowns could never break or chip and can last a very long time. In fact they are the "gold standard"  that all other types of crowns are compared to in terms of longevity and the lack of abrasion on opposing teeth. Whilst the latest ceramic crowns have fantastic aesthetics and are very durable, they are not indestructible in some people who have a strong grinding habit or a very hard bite. In such situations, a gold crown can be a great choice, particularly in the back teeth where they are not quite so visible. Some patients can be concerned about metal allergies and this is fully discussed and taken into consideration when choices are made. As pure gold is inherently soft, it must be mixed with other metals to apply to a dental situation. We only use an ingot which is high in other precious metals such as silver and palladium, to enhance its biocompatibility.  

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CAD/CAM Ceramic Crowns and Bridges

Computers make many processes in dentistry easier and faster than they used to be. Dr Findlay and his dental technicians have introduced CAD/CAM technology into their daily practice to manufacture ceramic crowns and bridges with outstanding precision.​

CAD/CAM Dental Implant Crowns and Bridges

Dr Findlay now routinely uses CAD/CAM technology to aid in the design and manufacture of almost all of his dental implant single crowns, partial or full-mouth and All-on-4 bridges. It is a fascinating process used by many of the laboratories he works with.​

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Televisions in Patient Rooms

Life can feel hectic sometimes. When you are a guest in our clinic, we want you to relax while we take care of you. In each of our surgeries, we have televisions, audio and online music headphones. Great entertainment and a great distraction! ​

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

It's no secret that a visit to the dentist can make some people feel a bit nervous. Our entire clinical and administrative team make it their mission to look after all our patients with a professional, compassionate and gentle manner. We also know that some patients can need a little extra help to relax, so we offer nitrous oxide sedation. It’s also known as laughing gas and can make your treatment a breeze (no pun intended!)

Nitrous oxide is generally regarded as the most common and safest form of sedation because whilst it pleasantly dulls your senses, you are still completely awake. It is a sweet-smelling gas which is administered through a small nose mask, and the dose can be adjusted throughout a dental procedure for an individual patient’s comfort. Because it enters and leaves your system within several minutes, you can return to work as per normal or even drive yourself home. Perfect!

If fear has kept you away from the surgery and your smile is starting to suffer, contact us to learn more. 

Intraoral Camera

An intraoral camera gives us the opportunity to show patients exactly what we see. It is a small, handheld camera that takes high-resolution images of single teeth or an area of the mouth. We can display these images on our treatment room monitors so patients are better able to visualise a dental problem so that they can become more involved in planning a treatment solution.

Because we use digital records, we are able to store these images and use them for periodic review. They are often useful when completing insurance company or ACC claims. Photographic records are now recognised as an integral part of a patient’s dental records. 

NV Microlaser Dentistry

Soft- tissue lasers are used in dentistry for various gum treatments such as cosmetic gum lifts, gum-contouring, frenectomies, releasing tongue-ties and periodontal disease therapies. Treatments using a laser are often made easier, with less bleeding, faster healing times and can reduce discomfort, even for the most complex procedures.​

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.