144 Cranford St St Albans, Christchurch 8014, New Zealand

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Our Technology

CEREC Dentistry

CEREC is a one-of-a-kind high tech system that is employed by your dentist to take a 3D digital model of your tooth to create a precise porcelain restoration to replace any missing teeth in a natural, durable and aesthetically pleasing manner. CEREC is more efficient that traditional restorative methods, your porcelain fixture can usually be manufactured and fitted in a single sitting.


  • Protects and preserves your tooth's structural integrity
  • Ceramics are bio-compatible
  • The procedure can be completed within one appointment
  •  It's a comfortable solution, that can provide a perfectly natural looking tooth with exceptional quality
  • Long lasting and durable
  • The most cost effective restoration we have available today

What’s Involved?

Step One

The defective filling and decay is removed. A reflective powder layer prepares the tooth for imaging.

Step Two


  •  A optical 3D image is acquired with a small camera, directly in your mouth
  • The restoration is created in the screen using the image data.
  • Diamond coated instruments mill a ceramic block to reproduce the design.
  • This is accomplished during a single appointment using Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacture (CAD/CAM).
  • Perfectly bonded porcelain ensures an extremely long life for your teeth.
  • Maximum strength, great looks!


Step Three


  • After polishing, the new restoration fits precisely. A unique light hardens the bonding material, uniting porcelain and tooth.
  • Polishing or glazing ensures a pleasantly smooth and natural feel.
  • The colour and appearance make the special ceramic material blend with your tooth.


Intra Oral Camera

The intra oral camera gives your dentist a clearer view of the inside of your mouth. It also allows you to see what your dentist sees as it is streamed live on the overhead screen. This helps facilitate a more efficient, effective and detailed diagnosis of any potential issues and also allows a better educational and informative process with our patients, so you remain fully informed.

Low Dose, Digital X-Rays

Using 90% less radiation than standard dental radiographs, digital x-rays are also more efficient, appearing almost instantaneously on the computer so we can identify and diagnose any problems there and then.

Why are X-rays Necessary?

Dental x-rays or radiographs are very important. They allow the dentist to detect potential issues regarding your oral health which cannot be seen by the naked eye. These items include cysts (sacks of fluid that form on the roots of teeth), cancerous and non-cancerous tumours in the surrounding tissues, decay occurring between teeth, and the location of teeth that haven't fully erupted.

By using diagnostic x-rays, we can help save you potential discomfort and money in the long run from surgery or extended treatment.   In some cases, where dental x-rays show the location of tumerous growths, x-rays can even save lives.

We use “small film” x-rays to look for decay in-between the teeth and sometimes to look at the underlying root and bone structure surrounding the teeth. Your dentist may suggest an OPG or “full mouth” x-ray to look at all the teeth in the mouth and surrounding hard tissues. It is recommended to have an OPG x-ray taken every 5 to 10 years to look for any undetected abnormalities present within the jaw bone.

Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

At St Albans Dental Centre we are now using digital x-rays. These use less than half the radiation used by conventional x-ray machines and as such are very safe. The amount of radiation you now receive taking a set of small film dental x-rays would be less than that you would receive from the sun on a flight from Christchurch to Auckland. A full mouth or OPG x-ray uses a little more radiation but it is also digital, and the dose is low when compared to the total background radiation you receive from the sun every day. If you compare that with risks to your health from undetected disease then it is negligible.


OPG stands for Orthopantomogram, which is a panoramic dental x-ray of the upper and lower jaws. It is a helpful tool in diagnosis and treatment planning because it displays details which may not be visible on other x-rays or radiographs.

Laser Dentistry

At St Albans Dental Centre we have a soft tissue laser which we can use to remove soft tissue overgrowth when preparing teeth for crowns or fillings. Another use can be to remove growths or lumps from the gums, cheeks or tongue so we can send it off to a laboratory to check that it is not cancerous.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with a surgical or invasive procedure, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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