At VC Dental we implement state-of-the-art technology as part of our commitment to deliver the latest in professional dental care across a comprehensive range of services.
Our dental chairs offer the latest in German technology. Manufactured by Sirona, they have award winning designs that offer outstanding patient comfort. They also have built-in surgical technology to enable the latest in implantology and endodontic procedures.
All our surgeries contain intra-oral cameras.
An intra-oral camera is a small digital camera, shaped like an oversized pen, which is used to display video footage and take photos from inside your mouth. Patients can instantly view images on the screen in real-time from the dental chair.
These images allow our practitioners to explain to you and show you exactly what is going on inside your mouth. It allows our patients to have a greater understanding of their dental condition and reason for any procedures, become more involved in the treatment process, and examine before and after results.
In addition, the camera function creates photographic records, so your treatment progress can be accurately tracked over time. We are also happy to print these before and after photos for you to take as a record of your treatment.
All our surgeries have Guru Dental software incorporated into the system.
This software provides animated images and videos for all of our dental procedures in an easily understood format.
This allows our patients to have a clearer understanding of any recommended treatment, including what the procedure involves and how it will be completed.
You will also see these animations used throughout our website to help explain procedures.
Digital Imaging (Radiographs)
At VC Dental, all of our radiographs (X-rays) are low radiation, digital and instant.
The high resolution images are accurate and process immediately, maximising patient comfort and diagnosis.
We provide a range of radiography types including Panoramic, Cephalometric and Intra-oral imaging.
Digital imaging is a powerful diagnostic tool that allows us to see between and inside your teeth, including the roots and surrounding bone. Our practitioners use this information to detect, monitor, evaluate and perform many aspects of preventative and restorative dentistry.
To learn more about our radiographs and imaging, please click here.
3D Cone Beam CT Scan Technology
Cone Beam CT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) scanning is a new, superior type of 3D digital imaging. It is a more advanced version of traditional CT scanning, with much lower radiation exposure.
This technology provides high resolution, accurate, three-dimensional or cross-sectional scans of the teeth, upper and lower jaw bone, and surrounding anatomy. The images are produced in a number of minutes and are then available for viewing on our screens in surgery.
At VC Dental we use cone beam CT scanning for thorough diagnosis and treatment evaluation across a wide range of areas. For example it is used extensively in dental implant planning and placement procedures.
This type of imaging may also be referred to as CBCT, CBVT (Cone Beam Volumetric Tomography) or DVT (Digital Volumetric Tomography).
To learn more about this technology, please click here.
CEREC – CAD/CAM Computerised Dentistry
Our CEREC (Chairside Economic Restorations of Esthetic Ceramics) system creates custom-made ceramic restorations in a single dental visit.
Restoration types include dental crowns, and large fillings called inlays and onlays (which can be used to replace old amalgam fillings).
The system uses 3D photography as well as CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing) technology to create a virtual design model of the restoration, without taking impressions.
The data for the model is then electronically sent to our on-site milling unit, which uses a precise cutting tool to fabricate the restoration out of ceramic material. This is all completed whilst you are in the dental chair.
This system eliminates the need for dental impressions, physical moulds, temporary restorations, and multiple dental visits.
The modern technology is precise and accurate, and the restorations produced will match your natural tooth colour and blend in seamlessly.
For more information about this procedure, please click here.
SNAP Cosmetic Simulation Software
Our SNAP smile simulation technology allows us to take a photo of your smile, edit it in a dental graphic design program, and then digitally show you what your new teeth could look like before we even begin treatment.
Have you ever wondered what you would look like with whiter teeth, straighter teeth, or with missing teeth replaced?
Ask us for a free consultation to receive a real picture of how your smile could be transformed.
Please note, the models depicted in these images are not our patients.
Laser Technology/ Laser Dentistry
At VC Dental laser technology is used for a range of soft tissue procedures within restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and oral surgery.
Laser technology is a sophisticated and versatile treatment that works by emitting a thin, concentrated beam of light energy. The light produces a reaction when it hits soft tissue, allowing it to be adjusted or removed
Dental lasers produce little to no sound or vibration, and they reduce or completely eliminate the need to use needles or dental drills. Therefore laser dentistry can provide a more comfortable experience for patients compared to traditional treatment methods.
Laser instruments also provide the dentist with increased precision during treatment, and allow exact control over power output and exposure times.
Advantages of laser technology include:
- Reduced treatment time.
- Promotes faster healing/recovery.
- Reduces bleeding during and after surgery, and eliminates the need for sutures.
- Less damage to surrounding tissue which reduces or eliminates scarring.
- Bacteria are reduced at the surgical site as the light beam sterilises the area on-the-go, which minimises the risk of infection.
- Reduces post-operative swelling and discomfort.
Our laser dentistry procedures include:
- Labial and lingual (tongue tie removal) frenectomies.
- Gum lifts (for example to enhance ‘gummy’ smiles).
- Treatment of gum disease.
- Exposure of unerupted teeth.
- Removal of gum pigmentation.
- Treating and promoting the healing of mouth ulcers.
- Performing biopsies.
- Sterilising root canals.
The EMS AIRFLOW® ONE is the latest product and technology in preventative dental care.
The advanced EMS Airflow® system utilises Guided Biofilm Therapy, which is a more effective and more comfortable way to remove dental plaque (dental biofilm) from the teeth.
Guided Biofilm Therapy involves applying a harmless dye to the teeth to physically stain the bacteria, which will then be effectively removed with the AIRFLOW® ONE machine.
The AIRFLOW® handpiece is a revolutionary, non-contact product that was developed in Switzerland. It projects a controlled stream of air, warm water (heated to 40 degrees Celsius), and very fine sweet powder onto both the teeth surface and hard-to-reach areas (including between the teeth and under the gum margins). It will dislodge and remove food particles, plaque, discolouration and stains.
The high-pressure stream of water and air cleans teeth faster, more efficiently and more comfortably.
We recommend AIRFLOW® Guided Biofilm Therapy for all patients, however it is especially beneficial for patients who dislike the feeling of having their teeth cleaned, who have sensitive teeth, or who have dental anxiety.
For more information on our AIRFLOW® product and Guided Biofilm Therapy, please click here.
Sterilisation and Infection Control
Protecting the health, safety and wellbeing for all our patients and team members is our highest priority.
For your assurance and peace of mind, we diligently follow the strict protocols outlined in the Australian Dental Association Guidelines for Infection Control. Companion and referenced guidelines also include the NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare, as well as Australian and New Zealand Standards AS/NZS 4815 and AS/NZS 4187.
The standard of our infection prevention, control and risk management procedures is also continually assessed through our Practice Accreditation to ensure we comply with the highest nationally recognised medical standards.
The sterilisation of our equipment and instruments through our autoclave system is an important component of our procedures. An autoclave is a pressure chamber used to thoroughly sterilise equipment through exposure to high temperature steam. This ensures the eradication of any potential disease-producing micro-organisms or contaminated material after invasive procedures.
After each appointment, surgical instruments are individually ‘bagged’ in pouches with a unique bar code before being put into the autoclave system. This code is also scanned into the patient’s digital record. An indicator with a special marker is put into the autoclave with the pouches and it must change to a certain colour after the cycle to confirm that sterilisation has been adequately achieved. Once the cycle is complete we also store verification information including the unique cycle number, temperature, pressure and time throughout the cycle. All of this information can be located from within the patient’s file.
This digital recording of every autoclave cycle for every patient at every appointment ensures maximum patient and practice safety and assurance. All of our surgical instruments have a full tracking system applied.
Our autoclave system is also regularly checked, tested and serviced.
If you are interested in finding out more information about our infection control procedures, please let us know. We are more than happy to explain our process and how we ensure we are working at the highest standard.
Please note, any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with a surgical or invasive procedure, you should obtain personal advice from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.