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Our Technology: enhancing your dental experience

TV & Movies

To help you feel at ease and let your mind wander away from the treatments we perform for you, TV screens are mounted on the ceilings. Our patients really love it and think it’s a great idea!. For longer sessions, you may select from a range of movies that are available for viewing on the TVs.

3D Technology – CEREC

Traditional ceramic crowns and restorations take multiple visits and several weeks before the final restoration is placed. At St Clair Dental, you can arrive at our Woodville, SA dental office in the morning and leave with your stunning new dental crown on the same day, thanks to CEREC.
CEREC (CERamic REConstruction) features computer –aided design and milling machine that allows your dentist to create beauty. A CROWN is used to cover and encase the entire visible portion of the tooth while VENEERS are like thin shells that cover the front surface of the teeth only. Ceramic restorations are used to restore the tooth from a large cavity or replace defective, usually silver fillings. The restoration is called an INLAY when it is cemented within the centre of the tooth or the cusps/bumps on the chewing surface. It’s called an ONLAY when it covers more cusps. Onlays, also called partial crowns, are more extensive than inlays and less extensive than crowns.
Traditional crowns, inlays/onlays, and veneers are also called “indirect” restorations because they are fabricated “indirectly,” in a dental laboratory instead of being moulded into place within the mouth during the dental visit. To create a traditional restoration, impressions of the mouth are made and sent to an off-site lab. While waiting for the new restoration, the patient wears a temporary crown.
CEREC is the revolutionary technology that eliminates the long wait and the need to temporise. The process is entirely computerised. The digital impressions are taken and your dentist will begin the computer-aided design of the restoration right away. The design is then sent to the on-site crown milling machine. On the same visit, the restoration is created and placed on your teeth!
CEREC restorations work just as well as traditional restorations. They are custom fit, durable and colour-matched with the rest of your teeth for a natural looking smile. Get beautiful permanent teeth in just a few hours! Call our Woodville dental office today at (08) 8445 1246 or use the online form for your questions and consultation requests.

Digital Radiographs (X-rays)

X-rays (radiographs) are the most common and widely available diagnostic imaging technique in the field of medicine. Dental X-rays are considered safe and radiate small amounts of radiation. The caring dentists at St Clair are mindful of our patients’ concerns about radiation and only prescribe x-rays if they are absolutely necessary. Generally, to monitor changes that occur in between your teeth small routine x-rays are required on both left and right sides of your mouth every 18- 24months.

In addition to those, individual x-rays are required to confirm diagnosis of a single tooth when problems persist.

Digital X-ray technology helps to diagnose dental conditions promptly. A high quality digital image can be obtained immediately at St Clair Dental, Woodville through the use of such technology to provide faster imaging, detailed radiographs and quality digital images. As compared to the conventional film X-ray, there is reduced radiation exposure to the patient.

Under certain circumstances, such as finding the status of wisdom teeth, to reveal cysts, tumours, bone irregularities and more, a full mouth x-ray is required to show a wide view of all teeth, roots and surrounding bone on a single film. At St Clair Dental, we have the equipment on site to take an OPG (full mouth) x-rays so our patients have the added convenience of having them done promptly.
Dental X-rays help to assess the following conditions:

  • Areas and extent of decay invisible to the eye
  • Decay under a restoration (filling)
  • Bone loss due to gum disease
  • Changes in the root canal or surrounding bone due to an infection
  • Assessment of bone density for dental implants
  • Presence of tumours
  • In children, the location and future eruption sequence of permanent teeth
  • Positioning of wisdom teeth

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