State-of-the-art Dental Technology
At National Dental Care, we believe that advanced technology has the power to transform the way we assess, diagnose and treat our patients. In line with our mission to provide a superior standard of oral care to every customer, we invest in the latest dental technology across our nationwide National Dental Care and DB Dental practices.
By leveraging state-of-the-art technology and staying up to date with the latest developments, we empower our staff members to go beyond what was previously possible. As part of the National Dental Care Group team, you’ll benefit from a wide range of digital tools and oral healthcare technology designed to make your work faster, easier and more effective.
Here are some of the advanced technology solutions our team are currently utilising:
Cone Beam CT
Our Mount Isa practice in Regional Queensland is one of the only dental practices in the area to use cone beam radiography or CBCT (cone beam computed tomography).
By utilising high-resolution 3D dental imaging with low radiation exposure, CBCT allows our dentists to capture more detailed and comprehensive images compared with x-rays. As a result, CBCT provides a non-invasive way to assist with treatment planning, diagnosis of dental trauma and cavities, and post-surgery evaluations.
CBCT is also extremely useful in the planning of dental implant placements, enabling you to visualise where the best bone is located in order to place the implant in the most secure position.
We purchased over 100 intra-oral cameras for use in our DB Dental practices across Australia, which capture video footage of a patient’s mouth in real-time.
By allowing a dentist to provide a view of what’s going on inside the mouth while they’re examining the patient, these tiny HD cameras are a great help in communicating dental issues and treatment options.
What’s more, as intra-oral cameras create a digital photographic record, you don’t need to worry about storing and locating physical scans.
Our iTero® 3D scanners utilise advanced digital technology to create detailed 3D maps of the mouth, in order to create a blueprint for Invisalign® custom aligners.
With an iTero® scanner, dentists can avoid the mess and discomfort of taking physical moulds of a patient’s mouth. Instead, the scanner offers a much more precise scan, with a process that’s faster, easier and more accurate.
And as the 3D scans allow you to show a patient what their smile will look like after Invisalign®, it’s a great way to get patients excited and confident about their treatment.
CEREC technology is an advanced computerised system that enables our dental team to create and place highly-detailed crowns, veneers and fillings in a single appointment. CEREC provides a time-efficient option without compromising on quality or aesthetics.
Using our CEREC cameras, dentists are able to take a 3D image of the tooth, which captures the tooth structure height, adjacent teeth, and surrounding tissue. The restoration is then designed and fabricated from this scan and automatically milled from a solid block of ceramic.
The result is a high-quality, long-lasting restoration, completed in one appointment, without the need for impressions, temporary restorations, or unnecessary reduction of healthy tooth structures.
Our Advanced Dental Technology Suite
We’re continuously introducing new solutions to our suite of dental technology tools, to enhance our team’s ability to treat and care for our patients. These tools currently include:
- Cone Beam CT (CBCT)
- Intra-Oral Cameras
- CEREC computer-aided design
- iTero 3D Scanners
- Laser Dentistry
- The Wand® - Anaesthesia System
“As a direct result of our focus on patient outcomes, we are recognised as having the best-equipped practices in Australia with modern facilities utilising the latest dental technologies”.
A Dentist’s Take on Our Dental Technology
We asked Dr Antony Benedetto - Associate Dentist and NDC Erina and Chairman of the NDC Clinical Advisory Committee - about how technology impacts the dental experience for both the practitioner and the patient:
“Technology has transformed what a visit to the dentist looks and feels like. Long before a patient visits the practice, they can jump online and find out what the surgery looks like, what their dentist's name is, even what they look like! They can read about the areas of dentistry they're interested in and research different procedures. When I have a patient come in who’s interested in a particular procedure, I usually start by asking them what they already know.
Patients can book their appointments quickly and easily, at any time of the day, using our handy online booking system. No more "must remember to call the dentist tomorrow" then have a ten-minute conversation trying to find a suitable time - you just go online and book (not request - actually book) an appointment.
Once the patient makes it to my chair, I have a variety of technology on hand to vastly improve my ability to assess and diagnose problems. A first appointment may include digital in-mouth x-rays, which have a far lower radiation dose than old-style film x-rays. I may also take a bigger panoramic x-ray to assess the jaw bone, joints, sinuses and wisdom teeth. In some cases, including implant planning and difficult wisdom teeth, we may even take a 3D x-ray, which has even more valuable information in it.
Most of our practices also have a digital scanner, which can construct a digital 3D model of a patient’s teeth and jaws. This information is easily stored and can be used to make mouthguards, dentures, night guards, even crowns and bridges. One scanner, in particular - the Itero - can be used to show them a prediction of what their teeth would look like if they wanted to straighten them.
Other technology we offer is more about patient comfort; something as simple as having a tv screen on the roof which allows them to focus on something while we’re busy improving their oral health. I can't guarantee a cinema experience, but it's a nice distraction!”
If you'd like to work in a practice with advanced technology, check out what current opportunities we have here.