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At Sharrow Dental we believe that investing in the latest, state-of-the-art dental technology not only makes us better dentists but also greatly benefits our patients. Our advanced imaging suite contains revolutionary imaging equipment that acts as an effective diagnostic tool and allows for efficient planning of complex dental treatments.

Our highly trained team of clinicians are able to create incredible 3D images using our Sirona Orthophos SL 3D scanning equipment with Panoral, DPT and CBCT capacity.


With the Sirona Orthophos SL 3D DPT and CBCT scanning unit our dentists are able to utilise the well-defined imagery to provide a better, more accurate treatment plan for their patients. The 3D CT scan of the jaw provides images that are comparable to medical CTs which can be invaluable when it comes to complex dental issues and planning for procedures and treatments.

We are accepting referrals from other practices for image requests for the following indications:

  • Implant treatment planning
  • Dental trauma
  • Dental anomalies
  • Orthodontic treatment planning
  • Mandibular third molars and impactions


The Sirona Orthophos SL 3D delivers unparalleled image quality with the lowest radiation doses. This advanced technology is able to provide detailed images of a patients complete facial structure including the maxillary and mandibular arches and the supporting structures.

For clinicians in need of DPT images, please send details of your patients via the link below.

After your patient attends, we will load the images securely on to a CD and share with your clinic for just £50.

Our Imaging Suite

Our advanced in-house imaging equipment is designed to provide dentists with comprehensive, precise, hi-resolution images of the jaws, mouth and teeth with unique technology that delivers sharpness and detail at high speed. It also provides full, 3D volume flexibility with adjustable fields of view and secure patient positioning to deliver the perfect image.

The Sirona Orthophos SL 3D DPT and CBCT devices provides our dentists with;

  • Superior Quality Images
  • Safe and proven patient positioning
  • Flexible volume
  • 3D according to your needs
  • Reliable sharp images
  • A more thorough analysis of bone structure and tooth orientation
  • Accurate diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Easier to explain and illustrate diagnosis to patients

Our patients benefit from this technology in a number of ways including;

  • Extremely low dose radiation
  • A pleasant atmosphere with coloured ambient lighting
  • Provides your dentist with valuable information about your oral and craniofacial health
  • Is completely painless, non-invasive and accurate.
  • No radiation remains in a patient’s body after the scan

What Can the Scans Be Useful For?

This type of comprehensive scanning equipment can help dentists to assess and diagnose orthodontic problems and determine a suitable treatment path based on the accurate images provided.

Some of the issues that the scans can be used for include;

  • Orthodontic troubles
  • Surgical planning for impacted teeth
  • Diagnosing TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder)
  • Precise placement of dental implants
  • Evaluate the jaw, nerve canals, sinuses and nasal cavity
  • Determine exact bone structure and orientation of teeth
  • Help locate the origin of pain or pathology
  • Cephalometric analysis
What will the scan entail?

The scan is simple, straight forward and you will be guided every step of the way by one of our imaging specialists.

This type of scan doesn’t require any special preparation but if you require the scan for dental implant planning then your dentist may ask you to bring a localisation stent with you which is a special ‘plate’ you will need to wear like a denture. This contains special markers that will guide the examination during the scan.

  • Before the scan you will need to remove any glasses, dentures, hearing aids, jewellery including ear, tongue and nose studs, necklaces, hair clips and any metal accessories that could affect the scan.
  • You will be seated in the imaging machine and your head will be carefully positioned into place.
  • Whilst the preparation and moving everything into place can take a few minutes the scan itself should take less than a minute to perform – during which time you will be asked to refrain from talking, swallowing or moving your jaw at all.
  • From start to finish the whole procedure should take no longer than 30 minutes.
  • The scan is not painful at all.
  • You will be able to leave and go about your day as normal once it is complete.

The type of imaging equipment we use are ‘low-dose’ and means that patients are exposed to much less radiation than that of a conventional CT scan in a hospital. There are circumstances that your dentist will need to monitor or take into consideration which may require them to modify the scan or make alternative arrangements.

This can include patients who;

  • Are pregnant
  • Have recently had a medical CT scan
  • Have fears or phobias of confined spaces (although the equipment isn’t fully enclosed)

Following a scan, patients require no special after care and are free to eat, drink, go to work or go home as normal.

Our experts will analyse the images taken and follow up appointments if required will be put in place to talk through and explain the results and put into place a treatment plan.

For patients that have been referred for imaging from other practices we are able to provide a service that loads the CBCT images on to a CD that will be securely shared with your clinic for just £95. Alternatively, we can also liaise with a qualified radiologist to provide images and expert reporting at a cost of £200.

Looking for local, expert dental care
Get in touch with us today on 01245 354046