We’re fans of technology
But only because we know it means better oral health outcomes for you.Like every aspect of life, dentistry has been infiltrated by some amazing technologies.At Dental as Anything, we continuously strive to bring you the very best in
- Digital imaging
- Laser decay detection
- Velscope oral cancer screening
Remember the days of bulky x-ray machines at the dentist? Well, they are long gone. We now provide a safer option that is more efficient and faster! Our digital x-ray system displays the shape and dynamics of your teeth and jaw, without you having to move from the chair or be concerned about high levels of radiation. Digital x-rays use an electronic sensor that captures and stores the digital image promptly onto a computer
This image, which is instantaneously produced, can be enlarged, helping the dentist and hygienist to detect any malocclusions faster. Radiation exposure may be a concern for some patients. If this is a concern for you, consider these interesting facts about radiation exposure from a typical visit to the dentist. This information was put together by Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health Postgraduate Orthodontics Program Class of 2013 and a version of it tailored to the Australian market is presented below.
The graph compares the radiation we face in everyday life, purely as a function of being on the planet. It clearly shows the amount of exposure encountered at while at a dental practice is low when compared with other common sources of radiation, such as:
- Eating a banana
- One day visit to the Great Barrier Reef
- Daily dose of natural background radiation
- Airplane flight from Sydney to Perth
- Chest x-ray
- Living in a brick house for a year
- Abdominal x-ray
- Medical radiation worker allowed max per year
- Single x-ray at Dental as Anything
- 20 x-rays at Dental as Anything
- Profile head x-ray from a radiology clinic
- Whole mouth x-ray from a radiology clinic
- Cone beam x-ray for a dental implant from a radiology clinic
Laser decay detection
What’s so good about that?
- Decay can be detected and monitored from an early stage.
- A more conservative filling treatment can be undertaken.
- More of the natural tooth structure can be retained.
Velscope oral cancer screening
At Dental as Anything we can conduct non-invasive Oral Cancer Screening to look for signs of oral cancer. Your regular check up is a good time for this to be done and is another important reason to have them. Early detection is essential to successfully beating oral cancer, with a 70% survival rate for those who are diagnosed with oral cancer in its early stages, compared to a 30% survival rate if the cancer has spread.
Did you know?
Here’s a not so fun fact: Oral cancer is the sixth most prevalent cancer in the world, and most commonly appears on the lips, tongue and floor of the mouth. Head and neck cancers account for up to 4.2% of all cancers diagnosed in Australia, and are responsible for more deaths than cervical cancer each year. Pain is NOT usually an early symptom of oral cancer, so it is important to be aware of the other early signs such as:
- Small lesions that are red or white patches of tissue.
- Ulcers that do not heal.
- Difficulty when swallowing, chewing or speaking.
- Unexplained hoarseness.
- Persistent Earache.
- Numbness of mouth and facial areas.