Dental Imaging Services in Essex

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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.


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.


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

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

Our general dental services include the following services:


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.

Liv Rutland

Chelmsford, Essex

Sorry it has taken me this long to write a review but I just want to thank Ian so much for my teeth. I had a brace put on and I was quite nervous throughout the whole procedure as I don’t feel totally comfortable whenever I go to the dentist, however Ian was always so professional and confident that I knew I was in safe hands. He is also very honest so you know what result you can achieve and what you can’t which I think is really important. I am so pleased with my teeth now the brace is off and I would 100% recommend!! thank you Ian & Sharrow.

Emini Jaggan

Chelmsford, Essex

Sharrow has been very warm and welcoming – good services all round. Mr Clough has been very meticulous in his treatment – very patient. Taking his time with everything he has done. I have recommended several people to his clinic and I hope they take my advice. Happy and comfortable with the service and my mouth is back to normal! So far so good! Thank you

Roger Watling

Chelmsford, Essex

Truly great dentist, it’s no accident that my family, my daughter’s husband and now his family now go there. Having had bad experiences in my early life , I’m so glad I found them and can only deduce that they only take on dentist who are a. fantastic at their job, b. very empathetic to those who have had bad experiences.

Abbie Crabtree

Chelmsford, Essex

I’m a very nervous patient. I’m absolutely petrified of dentists but this one I feel so comfortable at. They are absolutely amazing with me and I’d recommend to anyone who’s also nervous this is the surgery for you. Everyone is so lovely and welcoming. Thank you so much sharrows. 10/10 x

Bernie Dawson

Chelmsford, Essex

Absolutely wonderful service!

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