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Information for dental professionals

Overview

The University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry is a comprehensive professional resource for the dental community of New Zealand. Our services to the profession extend beyond the provision of treatments to patients, teaching of students, and research.

We have a commitment to the provision of professional education for dentists by way of seminars, information guides, and hands-on courses.

We also work closely with referring dentists to ensure the best outcome for their patients.

Once their treatment here is complete, they are discharged back into the care of their regular dentist and along the way, their dentist is kept well informed of the treatment progress and outcomes.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Our Code of Conduct

We understand and appreciate that dentists do not want to lose patients when they are referred in for treatment. Therefore, we work closely with referrers right through the treatment process and we discharge patients back to your care at the end of their treatment.

We take a partnership approach to the care of your patients. We inform you of the results of our initial consultation with your patient and advise of our proposed plan of action.  At the end of treatment we’ll then advise of the result. Our relationship lasts for the duration of the treatment.

By referring patients to us, you can rest assured they will receive the best possible treatment, reflecting positively on your practice. The end goal is the best possible clinical outcome for your patient.

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Continuing professional education

Seminars

At regular intervals, we provide continuing education seminars in Auckland, Dunedin, and online.

Published articles

We are active in the production of studies for publication.

Procedure videos

We are currently producing a series of short videos for procedure guides.

Working with industry

The Faculty works with selected technology suppliers for ongoing research and development of their key innovations.

Currently, we are working with:

  • 3M
  • Dentsply Sirona

Research

We are continually adding content, as well as developing our own.

Contact us directly if there are education services with which we could be of help.

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Forms for dentists

Initial consultation

To refer a patient to the Auckland Dental Facility for an initial consultation, you may access a referral form here:

Referral form (PDF)

On the form, you will be advised on how to complete it and how to attach any supplementary materials.

Conebeam 3D imaging services

To refer a patient for a Conebeam 3D imaging services only, you may download a radiology referral form here:

Radiology referral form (PDF)

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Professional services

We offer a number of professional services to support and enhance your practice offering:

Conebeam 3D imaging

Conebeam 3D imaging is a breakthrough diagnostic technology in dentistry. Conebeam CT scanning is a compact, faster, and safer version of regular CT.

Through the use of a cone shaped X-ray beam, the size of the scanner, radiation dosage, and time needed for scanning are all dramatically reduced.

Our Axios CBCT is Dentsply Sirona’s most advanced scanner and completes a full scan in approximately 15 seconds. The radiation dosage is up to 100 times less than that of a regular CT scanner. The end result for you is:

  • Visualisation of internal anatomy that can not be diagnosed externally
  • Easier treatment planning and surgery
  • 3D view of roots provides much better diagnostic information than traditional 2D periapicals, particularly when looking for root fractures or perforations
  • Assistance in preparing any necessary guides or stents
  • Better assessment of risk
  • Analysis of the position and orientation of critical structures, like nerves, teeth, roots, implants, and the sinus

To use our Conebeam service, click here to download our referral form (see forms for dentists).

Training, support, and mentoring

If you are looking to improve your performance in general practice, you can receive first-hand support, mentoring and training from one of our experts.

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