Technology

CAD/CAM ( CEREC)

CAD/CAM ( CEREC)

Single Visit Dentistry with CAD/CAM (CEREC)

CEREC is a state-of-art technology pioneered by Dentsply Sirona that is currently revolutionizing the field of dentistry empowering us dentist to deliver better, safer, and faster dental care. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. What it means is now using CEREC’s CAD/CAM technology, that is Computer-aided drawing and manufacturing is revolutionising the field of digital dentistry. It is helping patients here in Oman with reduced treatment time by making the dreaded chair time more manageable.

At Wassan you can now take digital impression of your teeth using computer assisted scanning technology, design a single tooth or multiple teeth, make crown, implants or bridges right in front of your eyes and all this within matter of an hour or two. What’s more is that it’s much a healthier treatment option as there are no temporary restorations involved. From the time CEREC was launched, it has successfully restored millions of teeth across the globe, providing swift treatment for some the most common dental problems such as decayed or chipped teeth. Patients globally prefer CEREC as it time efficient, providing high quality and durable restorations, giving patients with even more reasons to smile.

A patient using digital dental treatment can now complete the treatment in one visit as opposed to the traditional multi-visit process that would be spanned over a few weeks. This is thanks to

How does a patient benefit from this?

One of the biggest advantages that CEREC has brought for us is by giving us to work with greater precision. It allows us to scan and create an image of your tooth to reconstruct with unmatched precision and speed. Wenow prepare on a large screen, and this makes it easy for us to see details that couldn’t be seen with a traditional impression. Dentists can now view the scan before actually designing of the actual tooth and ensure the margins and the bite precisely.

Secondly, reduced chair-time or treatment time. Since the scanning, 3D image generation and printing are all connected to wifi, it finishes our work at lighting speed. Imagine walking into the clinic and getting a new crown, veneer, bridge, or inlay ready and fixed within a matter of hours. No multiple visits required, and no lab work required! Traditionally getting a crown or an implant would take something like 8-10 days to sometimes even 2 weeks for a lab to complete once they receive the impression from the dentist.

Patients now can be even more involved in their treatment plan than ever before. 3D imaging and designing allows your dentist to show exactly how they would design the natural contours and match the colourto your other teeth to give it a more natural finishing.

Lastly that is most exciting for most of the patients is the comfort of knowing that the dentist will not be taking any impressions using the dreaded large, gooey impression trays. Not only are the digital scanners much more comfortable and but also gives the dentist the most accurate impression of the tooth.

Treatments offered by CEREC

The very versatile CEREC can be used for several cases like for example for crowns – this is probably the only treatment most people would associate CEREC with. However, you will be amazed to know that the CEREC technology can be used for dental implants, bridges, veneers, on-lays, in-lays, overlays to name a few along with crowns. Among these above-mentioned treatments, usually a crown would take up about 2 hours from start to finish as it requires, tooth preparation, that is cutting of the teeth before covering it up with the CEREC crown, while rest of them would take just an hour in the clinic.

Someone once said, “time is money”, if this is something that you truly believe then CEREC can help you save a lot of money!

 

 

 

 

 

3D Printing (Form Labs)

3D Printing (Form Labs)

Digitial dentistry is transforming the dental treatments. More convenient care, custom made solutions for patients and full control over the treatments are leading to rapid adoption of 3D printing in dentistry.

At Wassan, we have invested in Form 2 printer from Form labs, the American 3D printing manufacturer.  that is helping us with printing dental models, splints, surgical guides and orthodontic retainers. By using stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing from Formlabs, dentists can shorten wait times and offer a clear material which polishes to high optical transparency.

With this new technology we will be able 3D print a splint in less than 50 minutes. Even more impressively, dental professionals can print up to seven splints on one build platform in under two hours, shattering traditional lead times for high-quality splints.

We  have integrated the 3D printing technology with other connected devices such as 3D scanners so ease the workflow for our technicians.

We also incorporating new materials such as Dental Model, a high accuracy resin for crown and bridge models with removable dies, and Dental LT Clear, a long-term biocompatible resin for direct-printing orthodontic appliances such as splints and retainers.

Experience faster and more predictable treatments using 3D printing at Wassan Specialty Dental Center.

3D Scanning (iTero )

3D Scanning (iTero )

3D Scanning (iTero Element)

At Wassan Speciality Dental Centerwe want to make dental treatment as easy as possible for everyone.  We also understand the value of time of our patients and understanding this need we have always been early adopters of latest global technology trends in the field of dentistry to help our patients here in Oman reduce their treatment time making the dreaded chair time more manageable.

The iTero Element Intraoral Scanner is one of the newest technology adopted here at Wassan.  The iTero Element intraoral scanner is a device used for capturing direct optical impressions. It captures the images of the teeth and gum tissues with a little scanning wand. The images then captured by sensors are processed by the scanning software into a virtual 3D impression.  This gives our dentists greater precision in scanning, eliminating gooey impressions, reducing chair-time i.e. making the treatment faster and making it possible for dentists and patients to see how the result would eventually look like.

 

Some of the key highlights of the iTero Elements are follows:

  • It is 20X faster than the other image sensors in the market enabling our specialists to finish the scan much faster than ever before.
  • It captures 6,000 frames/second
  • Has a high-impact visualization in 3D, that allows us to show our patients exactly what we see for more effective chairside communication. The scanned images appear instantly with crisp definition on the 19″ high- definition, multi-touch display.
  • The scanning wand is 40% smaller and lighter than other intraoral scanners in the market, making it more comfortable for our patients
  • It scans in colour making it easy to distinguish between gingival and dental tissue for more precise clinical evaluation.

iTero Element is designed to deliver speed, reliability, intuitive operations, and outstanding visualization capabilities.

3D X-Ray (Galileos CBCT)

3D X-Ray (Galileos CBCT)

3D X-Ray CBCT ( Galileos)

 We know you demand the most advanced dental care from us. At Wassan Speciality DentalCenter we use GALILEOS 3D imaging to help us to better understand and diagnose, resulting in better treatment outcomes.  GALILEOS is an advanced CBCT that provides seamless work flow integration. With a 14 second scan, the GALIELOS offers our doctors numerous options for diagnosis, treatment and patient consultation with superior image quality and low radiation dose.

One Scan, All the Detail

A single 14-second scan helps provide our doctors all the clinical views necessary for making informed diagnoses and confident treatment plans from start to finish.

Best image quality

From the positioning of the patient to the completed image on screen: All phases of image capture are carefully synchronized to return the best possible result. The resolution and noise suppression ensure every detail is captured and the metal artificial reduction captures interference-free images.

Better, Faster Diagnosis

As all diagnostic imaging tools are directly accessible through the SIDEXIS 4 software, it makes it for our doctors to follow a logical workflow pattern. As the software allows the doctor to view the imaging directly into the treatment room, it therefore helps in efficiently guide and plan the treatment process.

Greater Maxillofacial Volume Display

As the GALILEOS System provides a comprehensive 3D imaging, it helps our in-house Oral Maxillofacial and Implantologist a much clearer and larger view of pertinent hard and soft tissue details and maxillofacial anatomy, reducing follow-up examinations.

 What it means for our patients?

GALILEOS provides a quick scan that improves the opportunity to catch issues early, making it easier to understand the maxillofacial structure of the patient, and giving our doctors clearer look into the facial anatomy. Our patients love the fact that they can t sees their own scan and understands what our doctors are describing in a way that was traditionally not before possible. It makes it easy to describe, and our doctors help the patients see their teeth, upper and lower jaws, sinuses in 3D. Additionally it also helps us predict a potential problem, and help to provide a preventive and accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Sleep Dentistry (Conscious Sedation)

Sleep Dentistry (Conscious Sedation)

Sleep Dentistry (Conscious Sedation )

Conscious Sedation in dentistry is used to provide a relaxing and anxiety-free experience for people who are afraid to go to the dentist to receive the dental care they need while avoiding the common apprehension known as dental phobia. According to the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, a professional dental organization dedicated to ensuring that patients receive safe, comfortable and anxiety-free dental care, 30 percent of the population avoids the dentist due to fear. This all-too-common “dental phobia” prevents people from receiving necessary routine dental care, potentially compromising the health and functionality of their mouth and smile.

What Is Conscious Sedation?

Conscious Sedation is a process used to establish a relaxed, easy and calm state to reduce a patient’s fears. The technique is easy and requires no needles. Best of all, the medication creates such a comfortable experience that most patients do not remember the visit; it is as if they slept through the treatment. At Wassan, we use Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, this is administered through a mask that’s placed over your nose. As the gas is inhaled through the nose, you perceive less pain and experience feeling of euphoria. Once the procedure is over, the nitrous oxide wears off almost immediately with virtually no effects or recovery time.Conscious Sedation maintains a level of consciousness in the patient for safety and cooperation. It is important to note that sedation is different from anaesthetic injections.

Conscious sedation may raise your threshold for pain, however for morecomplex dental treatmentsmay still require a local anaesthetic injected in the mouth, even when sedation dentistry techniques are performed. This local anaesthetic will temporarily block pain impulses from the affected teeth and gum tissue. However, this injection will occur after you are already sedated and comfortable, so most likely you won’t be bothered by or remember the sensation of having the injection.

Benefits of Conscious Sedation Dentistry

One of the major benefits of Conscious Sedation is that people often feel like their dental procedure lasts only a few minutes, when in fact it might have taken hours to perform. Therefore, complex dental procedures such as ‘smile makeovers’ or extensive rebuilding procedures that normally require multiple visits can often be performed in fewer appointments.

If you are reluctant to change the appearance of your smile because you are afraid or anxious about undergoing long or complicated dental procedures, Conscious Sedation can make you feel comfortable during the treatment process and help you achieve a smile you can be proud of.

Also, because Conscious Sedation addresses some of the fears that keep people from going to the dentist on a regular basis, using Conscious Sedation patients are more likely to receive recommended routine care. As a result, they are less likely to neglect their oral health or allow oral health problems to build to the point when drastic dental treatments become necessary.

Am I a good candidate for Conscious Sedation?

Conscious Sedation is especially useful for patients who:

  • Have high anxiety about dental visits
  • Have had traumatic dental experiences in the past
  • Have difficulty getting numb
  • Have a strong gag reflex
  • Are afraid of needles
  • Have sensitive teeth
  • Hate the noises and/or smells associated with dental care
  • Simply do not have the time for multiple visits

Although dosing regiments are different for all patients depending on different levels of anxiety, age, weight, medical history etc. You will not be unconscious and will be able to respond when spoken to.  Whilst sedation dentistry is a fantastic solution for many sufferers, not everybody is suited to it. Those who are already taking some sort of medication must alert their dentist before accepting  sedation, as well as those who have a history of allergic reactions to medication.

 

Microscope Dentistry ( Leica )

Microscope Dentistry ( Leica )

Microscopy Dentistry (Leica)

Did you know the hard surface of our teeth is meant to protect the roots of our teeth? Underneath our teeth enamel are miniscule passages called canals, which hold blood vessels and nerves. In endodontics we treat these sensitive tissues of the teeth also known as the pulp in case of inflammation and pain arising due to potential infection in the tooth’s pulp. This treatment is popularly known as Root Canal Therapy (RCT) often required when the tooth’s pulp gets infected. Usually this can happen due to injury to the teeth or an unnoticed dental decay and the procedure involves making a small opening on the affected tooth, cleaning and sterilising the infected tissue, sealing it with sterile biocompatible filler, and closing the tooth to avoid the possibility of re-infection.

Tooth preservation is the cornerstone of endodontic dentistry, endodontists will try give their best effort in trying to save a natural and this is where microscopic endodontics comes into real play. Traditionally an endodontist would take an x-ray of the problematic tooth to access the extent of infection in the dental pulp to chalk the treatment plan. This would then be followed by cleaning out of the infected tissue and canals with their expertise and years of treatment experience and then take another x-ray post the treatment to evaluate the treatment. The advent of 3-D imaging made it even more clearer for the endodontists to plan out the treatment, however Leica Microscopes has changed theendodontics game completely. Treatment outcomes have massively improved with Leica microscopes and coupled with 3D imaginggiving patients greater comfort.

How does microscopic endodontics work?

Leica Microscopesuses high-powered magnification to get a close-up view of teeth and other oral structures during treatment. The technology can be usedfor a variety of functions in surgery, aidinga dentist perform even complex procedures with ease while providing a very high degree of precision. Additionally, it is also useful during restorations including cavity treatments to ensure only the infected part of the tooth is removed, leaving more of the healthy tooth structure in place to preserve the strength and integrity of the tooth and avoid loss.

In dental medicine, Leica surgical microscope has become increasingly important for high-quality and successful surgeries, particularly in the field of endodontics. The microscope supports the dentist to conduct micro-invasive surgeries which aim to preserve the tooth substance, conserve the tissue, minimize the risks and reduce healing time.The biggest challenge faced by endodontist world is not failure in providing accurate treatment, that is something purely dependent on the technical skills and knowledge of the dentist which can be improved, but not having a detailed visualization of the surgical field does make treatment very difficult.This is primarily because the outcome of an endodontic therapy is influenced by many factors that are not visible to the naked eye – e.g. additional root canals or anatomical variations – the high magnification and illumination provided by a dental microscope has become indispensable for both diagnosis and therapy. Today, it is widely agreed that the use of dental microscopes has helped to extend endodontic treatment potential.

Leica dental microscope can provide significant visualization benefits at all stages of endodontic treatment, from diagnosis and exposure of the access cavity to preparation, and from three-dimensional obturation to post endodontic management. High magnification, illumination of the surgical field can reveal fine details, helping the dentist to manage difficult cases with increased precision.Using a microscope, there’s so much more potential for tooth preservation which is the cornerstone of modern dentistry. And there is a large spectrum of medical treatment that can only be performed using a microscope, for example endodontic retreatment due to infections caused by side canals, insufficient root canal fillings or broken instrument parts.

With the development of new microsurgical instruments and the full-time use of a dental microscope, endodontic surgery has entered a microsurgical era. The surgeon can now visualize the entire bony crypt, lesion, and root tip securely and reliably. Microsurgical operating techniques tend to be more successful and less traumatic for patients. On the one hand, increased precision helps to preserve those teeth that would otherwise be lost. On the other hand, the dental microscope clearly reveals major obstacles for a successful restoration of the tooth, such as internal cracks extending down the canals, massive perforation, or inadequate coronal structure. The patient thus benefits from avoiding unneeded treatment, including pain and costs, if the tooth is not salvageable.

 

 

Automated Handpiece Sterilization (DAC Universal)

Automated Handpiece Sterilization (DAC Universal)

Automated Handpiece Sterilization (DAC Universal)

Dental handpieces are instruments for holding dental burs to remove tooth structure or to smooth and polish restorative materials. Sterilisation and disinfection of both the internal and external surfaces of handpieces are essential to minimise the risk of cross-infection from this source in the dental surgery.

At Wassan Speciality Dental we are proud to adhere to the highest standards of hygiene protocol. We have a central decontamination room, which comprises of the state-of-the-art DAC universal hand piece autoclave from Dentsply Sirona Instruments, ensuring that our clinical environment achieves the highest possible hygiene standards. DAC Universal gives an all-round protection in reprocessing, disinfecting and sterilizing handpieces.Once the instruments are loaded on the equipment, DAC universal starts cleaning with cold water, then the instruments are cleaned in a hot pulse-wash procedure in multi-cyclical cleaning process. After this a 3-minute sterilisation and drying process is initiated. The instruments are rinsed and sterilised at a temperature of up to 134°c and all of this just at the touch of a button.

DAC Universal is much quicker and easier to clean handpeices as compared to the traditional manual method.It takes only 16 minutes to get instruments ready for use. DAC Universal is specially certified for the decontamination of turbines, handpieces and contra-angles according to the European standard EN 13060. The cleaning process is performed according to the international standard for washer-disinfectors ISO 15883:5.

DAC universal packs in plenty of advantage features to ensure highest quality of hygiene. Some of the key highlights are:

  • Automated reprocessing
  • All in one process
  • Fast and safe
  • Quick return to usage
  • Reduced repair costs for the instruments
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