Routine Dental Examinations

Your Dental Examination at New Road Dental: Traditional or iTero Scan?

At New Road Dental, we offer two options for capturing a detailed picture of your smile: the traditional examination and the cutting-edge iTero digital scan. Both methods allow us to assess your oral health thoroughly, but the iTero scan provides a more comfortable and efficient experience.

Let’s walk you through both options, step-by-step:

Traditional Examination:

  1. Welcome and Consultation: We’ll chat about your dental history, concerns, and desired outcomes. Think of it as getting to know your teeth!

  2. Clinical Examination: Using a mirror and probe, we’ll gently examine your teeth and gums for any signs of cavities, gum disease, or other issues. Imagine it as a detective hunt for clues about your oral health.

  3. X-rays (Optional): If needed, we might take X-rays to peek inside your teeth and jawbone for hidden problems. Think of it as using a super-powered flashlight to see what’s beneath the surface.

  4. Treatment Plan: Based on our findings, we’ll discuss your treatment options and create a personalized plan to keep your smile healthy and happy. We’ll work with you to find the best solutions that fit your needs and budget.

iTero Digital Scan:

  1. Welcome and Consultation: Similar to the traditional approach, we’ll get to know you and your dental goals.

  2. iTero Scan: Instead of using traditional tools, we’ll gently glide the iTero wand, a small handheld camera, around your teeth. Think of it as waving a magic wand that captures a 3D picture of your smile!

  3. On-Screen Visualization: The iTero scanner instantly displays a detailed 3D model of your teeth on a screen. This allows us to:
    • See your teeth in great detail: Imagine zooming in on a high-definition image, letting us spot even the tiniest details.
    • Simulate treatments: We can show you how your smile might look with different treatments, like Invisalign or crowns, helping you visualise the outcome.
    • Improve communication: Seeing your teeth on the screen fosters better understanding and collaboration between you and your dentist at New Road Dental.

  4. Treatment Plan: Just like with the traditional method, we’ll discuss your options and create a personalised treatment plan based on the scan’s insights.

Which Option is Right for You?

Both methods have their merits. The traditional examination is familiar and often preferred by those who like a hands-on approach. The iTero scan, however, offers several advantages:

  • Comfort: No messy impression materials or gagging in order to make models of your teeth.
  • Accuracy: The 3D scan provides a highly precise picture of your teeth.
  • Speed: The scan takes just minutes, saving you valuable time.
  • Visualisation: Seeing your teeth on the screen fosters better communication and understanding.


Ultimately, the choice is yours! Discuss your preferences with our friendly team at New Road Dental, and we’ll help you determine the best approach for your unique needs.

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Please note:

  • This is a general overview, and the specific steps of your examination may vary depending on your individual needs.

We hope this explanation gives you a clear understanding of both options. Remember, at New Road Dental, we prioritise your comfort and oral health, ensuring a positive and personalised experience every step of the way.

We look forward to welcoming you to New Road Dental and helping you achieve a healthy, confident smile!