Dentistry today has advanced leaps and bounds over the last decade. An OPG (Full mouth X-ray) is considered to be a luxury to any private practice due to the high cost factor of the system. In line with our colleagues in the US and UK in which major and minor dental procedure warrant the use of a Panoramic X-ray machine. Its an invaluable tool in proper diagnosis and treatment planning as a lot of pathology that shows on an OPG x-ray is not visible on small X-ray .
A panographic x-ray gives a panoramic view of mouth. It provides valuable information about:
- The position of wisdom teeth, receding bone levels, which is a sign of periodontal disease for Implant surgery
- For jaw-joint problems
- For sinus problems , For Orthodontic Diagnosis
- The Process of X-ray making
The x-ray film is positioned outside mouth, and the x-ray head rotates around patient. Dental x-rays use high-speed film, so the amount of radiation exposure is very low.
Panographic x-rays are comfortable and safe.
As well been able to take a panoromic x ray of mouth in dental clinics dentists have the facility to take a peri-apical x ray, this enables to focus on a spesific area showing us finer details.
CAD/CAM is revolutionising restorative dentistry, bringing a new level of precision and consistency to the production of crowns and bridges.
Combined with modern materials that offer enhanced biocompatibility and aesthetics, these techniques promote better patient health, giving them the confidence to smile.
The CAD/CAM process
A six-stage process in which the clinician, technician and CAD/CAM provider collaborate to deliver a high quality restoration.
- Consultation, diagnosis, tooth preparation and impressions
- Model preparation
- Scanning of stone model and framework design
- Framework manufacture (10 year guarantee)
- Porcelain build-up and characterisation
- Fitment of restoration
Difference from conventional restoration
"Chair side" CAD/CAM restoration differs from conventional dentistry in that the prosthesis is typically luted or bonded the same day. Conventional prosthesis, such as crowns, have temporaries placed from one to several weeks while a dental laboratory or in house dental lab produces the restoration.The patient returns later to have the temporaries removed and the laboratory-made crown cemented or bonded in place. An in-house CAD/CAM system enables the dentist to create a finished inlay in as little as an hour in some cases.[CAD/CAM restorations are also more conservative in their preparation of the tooth. As bonding is more effective on tooth enamel than the underlying dentin, care is taken not to remove the enamel layer.