Robertson Dental Innovations uses the latest in proven technology, techniques and equipment to provide the high level of service and standards across the group.
Rotary Endodontic Units
Robertson Dental Innovations is know for its Root Canal Treatments (know as Endodontics) and our equipment is cutting edge in this area. We use award winning Morita Endowave files together with our rotatory endodontics units. These rotary endodontic units provide an optimum level of control for our dentists while providing our patients the optimum amount of comfort possible.
Robertson Dental Innovation take infection control and sterilisation very seriously. Each of our practices has a dedicated sterilisation room, where all instruments are thoroughly scrubbed, soaked, cleaned and sterilised. Our autoclaves provide hospital grade sterilisation to all our reusable equipment. All equipment is “tracked” through the entire sterilisation system and double checked at every stage. Our sterilisation rooms are open and available to be seen by our patients on request.
The Wand is the latest equipment for anaesthesia (numbing) delivery. This system enables a local anaesthetic to be slowly delivered via a computer controlled pump into the mouth as the needle enters the body. In effect this system numbs the gums just ahead of the needle providing greater control on anaesthesia for the dentist and less discomfort for our patients.
The chairs at Robertson Dental Innovations come from across the world, from Planmeca in Finland to Anthos from Italy and Morita in Japan. The majority of our surgeries have Planmeca chairs made in Europe with the latest in European technology and style. Our Morita chairs are the latest in Japanese technology proving to be the leading edge. Our chairs are so comfortable we have even had patients fall asleep while having their dental work completed.
One of our practices (Dental Innovations on Condon), has the latest in digital imaging, 3D X-ray. This system provides enhanced imaging capability to our group. This means we can take a 3D x-ray image and take cross sections of the tooth in any direction. Even with this advanced equipment the dosage is very low, in fact you could have 20 of these X-rays and have less of a radiation dose than that received on a one-way flight from Sydney to Melbourne.
Both of our practices are equipped with fully digital X-ray systems. Along with the standard in-chair X-rays (which can focus on up to 3 teeth), all the practices are now equipped with OPG (orthopantomogram) Panoramic X-ray units. These units take an X-ray of the entire mouth in one hit, enabling viewing of all the teeth in the mouth, including those yet to surface.
These systems enable the dentists and dental hygienists/therapists not only to take X-rays but store them for quick retrieval. Using our digital imaging software these X-ray images can be enlarged, have their light values adjusted and filters applied to provide the operators with the best image possible. The X-rays can even be printed on request.
Robertson Dental Innovations latest piece of cutting-edge equipment is a soft-tissue dental laser. This portable unit can be used at any of our practices by any of the dentists. A soft-tissue laser enables precise cutting, trimming and removable of gums and other soft tissues. The use of a laser instead of blade means less discomfort and faster healing for the patient as well as more control for the dentist.
Nitrous Oxide Gas System
Located in the Gold Surgery at Dental Innovations on Sternberg, the Nitrous Oxide delivery system enables Dr Reece to provide treatments under Nitrous Oxide (Happy) Gas. The system enable fine control of rates of Oxygen and Nitrous Oxide delivered to our patients through scented nasal masks.
RDI Lab Equipment
Now part of Robertson Dental Innovations’ on-site lab (RDI Dental Lab), E4D is a ceramic crown lab in a box. Using the advantages of the digital age, this one system replaces older traditional crown fabrication methods.
The E4D system is made up of a Digital Scanner & Digital Design Studio, a server and a Ceramic Mill. The Scanner is able to scan (in 3D) the impressions or models from a patient into the Design Studio. Our technician Nicole is then able to design the crown digitally to exact specifications required. The crown design is then sent wirelessly to the Mill which mills the crown out of a single block of ceramic.
The advantages of all ceramic crowns include better aesthetics (as no metal used at all) and strength (milling from a single block means no connections).
The E4D system can use a variety of ceramics including new nano-hybird ceramics.
Having the E4D System in house means a quicker turn-around time for patients and a more customised approach to treatment. The dentists can even check the design before milling.
A critical part of most dental labs is thermoforming equipment at Robertson Dental Innovations’ on-site lab (RDI Dental Lab), we have recently expanded with a purchase of a thermoforming machine.
The Erkoform Vacuum Thermoforming Machine made by ErkoDent is a machine that creates custom made mouth guards, orthodontic appliances and bruxism splints. This new modern machine is touch screen programmed to be quick and easy.
The dentist takes impressions to make models of the upper and lower teeth. The “working” model which we are making the guard/splint/appliance for is placed on the machine, with small metal granules surrounding it.
An infrared heater then heats the material up to the desired temperature, and the material is then vacuumed over the working model. The small metal granules help the material to form around the working model better.
The opposite model is pressed down onto working model to leave an imprint of the bite. The material is left to cool with a set timer on the machine, allowing proper adaption to the model. Once cooled down, the material is removed from the model, trimmed and smoothed over to create a comfortable appliance.
IvoBase Denture Injection Modeling System
A cornerstone of most dental labatories is the ability to process and manufacture dentures. At Robertson Dental Innovations’ on-site lab (RDI Dental Lab), we are able to provide this service using our IvoBase Denture System.
The IvoBase System is an injection moulder for the making and processing of acrylic dentures. This machine creates full and partial acrylic dentures (including full and partial implant supported or retained dentures), as well as re-lining existing dentures.
A usual denture lab contains about 6 different stations, taking up a lot of bench space. The modern technology in the IvoBase system combines those 6 stations into 1, not only freeing up space for other lab machines but making the process more efficient. It is also has a pre-programmed touch screen, making it quick and easy to use. Injection moulding also creates a more accurate finish compared to old technology.
- The dentist will see the patient for a try-in stage. This stage is where the teeth are set in wax, replicating what the denture will look like. Once the dentist and the patient are happy with how this looks we begin to create the denture.
- The models with wax teeth are placed into a canister, and filled with liquid stone. Once this stone hardens, the canister is then opened up, revealing two halves (upper and lower) – an exact copy of the wax-up, with the impression of the teeth set in one side. The wax is melted away and the two halves are then clamped together.
- The correct program is selected in the IvoBase Injector, which takes 5 minutes to “warm up”. At the same time, a tube of acrylic is mixed using the Ivoclar Cap Vibrator. The Ivoclar Cap Vibrator mixes/vibrates the powder & liquid to the correct consistency, which is then used in the IvoBase Injector. Once mixed, the acrylic is attached to the bottom of the canister and placed into the IvoBase Injector.
- The machine pushes the acrylic up, injecting it into the canister, filling the cavity previously filled by the wax. The denture is then allowed to set under heat for the required amount of time, and then cooled down. The canister is then removed from the machine; the denture is removed from the stone and trimmed.
- Lathe: Once the processed denture has been removed from the flask and trimmed to the correct extensions, the denture is smoothened over on the Lathe with a pumice and buff. This machine removes any rough surfaces and gives the denture a shine.
Now part of Robertson Dental Innovations’ on-site lab (RDI Dental Lab), is our Programat Ceramic Furnace.
A furnace is required to “fire” or set the porcelain ceramic after it has been milled in our E4D system. The mill ceramic is first painted with a glaze to stain the tooth in layers, giving the ceramic a more natural look. The ceramic is then placed in the furnace to harden and set the ceramic increasing the crown’s (or bridge’s, or veneer’s etc.) strength and overall aesthetics.
Surprisingly one of the most common and high-end ceramics used (E-Max), is actually purple until it is fired in the furnace.
The end result is a realistic, more hygienic, smoother and more comfortable finish for the patient.