All people smile in the same language
One clinic in Togo which is on the cutting edge of modern dentistry is the Dental Clinic of Dr. Georges Tokofaï,a full service dental practice offering orthodontics, endodontics, preventative dentistry, teeth whitening, and other services to the public. A fully equipped facility is located on the premises with highly trained staff using the most advanced techniques in modern dentistry.
Not your Father’s Dentist
Dentistry has changed a lot in recent years. Advances in materials, x-ray techniques, pain management, and computer aided prosthetic design mean that people are keeping their teeth healthy and more attractive for longer periods of time. If you haven’t been to the dentist for a while, you may be surprised at some of the changes which have taken place.
Improvements in materials
Advances in polymers have meant that the veneers used to cover teeth and the bonding materials used to fill or attach crowns is much better than it was just 15 years ago. Colors are customizable, and the repairs last much longer. Thinner veneers mean that more of the original tooth is left intact. Titanium implants are also much more common, borrowing techniques developed by bone surgeons. These implants are longer lasting and easier to install than earlier implants.
Laser detection for caries
The old method for finding tooth decay was to take a sharp instrument and poke it around the teeth until it hung on a soft spot or a hole. This procedure could be uncomfortable, and it wasn’t always effective in finding decay between teeth. Today, modern dentists use a laser light which detects decay with a much higher degree of sensitivity. Sometimes the problem is detected early enough that a filling is unnecessary. This saves money and discomfort for the patient, and results in a healthier mouth.
Computer aided design and manufacture
Just as digital cameras have made imaging of teeth for diagnosis more accurate, so too have computer based images for the design and manufacture of crowns, bridges, and other prosthetics. Here, a three dimensional image of the affected area can be taken and transferred directly to the machine which manufactures a highly accurate implant. Time in the laboratory is reduced considerably, and the expense of taking molds and creating temporary crowns can be eliminated.
Keeping the pearlies white
Tooth whitening is much different than just a decade ago. Having white teeth is a confidence booster for most people, but whitening treatments used to be painful and risked damaging teeth because of the acid content of the applications used. Now, high pH gels along with light therapy allows dentists to whiten teeth without the side effects.
And straightening them out
More and more adults are wearing braces, orthodontic plates, and other devices to get the smile they always wanted. These apparatuses are much less noticeable than years ago, and advanced manufacturing and imaging techniques mentioned above mean that the devices are more effective and do not have to be worn for as long.
Imaging technology has advanced rapidly in recent years. Cameras have become digitized, and exposure to x-rays has been reduced dramatically. The new imaging technology produces more accurate pictures, takes less time to develop, and can be sent directly to a computer where it is much easier to compare with earlier and subsequent images. This means that changes in oral health are detected earlier, intervention is less invasive and less expensive, and the risk of losing teeth is reduced.
Taking care of your Gums
Gum disease is a serious problem often overlooked by the general public. The presence of bacteria in spaces between the gums and teeth is a major cause of tooth and jawbone problems. Modern antibacterial agents, techniques for reducing the separation between gums and teeth, improved surgical techniques for addressing bone deterioration, and biochemical solutions like protein therapy to promote tissue growth have become important tools in the dentist’s fight against gum disease and its side effects.
Dentists who Embrace Change Provide the Best Care
Because of the rapid advance of technique and technology, it can be a challenge for some dentists to keep up. The dentists who embrace change, however, have the ability to deliver services faster, more effectively and more economically. Customer satisfaction improves as a result.
Patients at the Cabinet Dentaire SOS can take advantage of purely aesthetic treatments like veneers or whitening, have dentures and prostheses made using modern computer aided techniques, or have other procedures like implants done on premises. The doctors, nurses and support staff undergo continuous and rigorous training to make sure they are always up to date on the latest methods for providing quality dental care.
"Excellence at the service of dentistry"
The facilities at SOS are modern and comfortable, and are equipped with the latest technology, including a surgical room and the latest scanning machines to give accurate three dimensional images of teeth. Computer technology allows security and accuracy of patient records, and the doctors even have available portable equipment to be used for emergencies outside the office.
The dentists at Cabinet SOS are highly qualified and have years of experience, with international certifications and qualifications as orthodontic surgeons.
SOS was also the first dental practice in the entire country to perform an oral implant. Dr. Georges Tokofai performed the procedure for the first time in 2009. Such implants represent an important breakthrough in oral health, as they allow the unnecessary sacrifice of healthy teeth and prevent bone loss due to tooth extraction. Today, the procedure is performed routinely in the office, allowing patients a quality of life and oral health that was unavailable in Togo just a few years ago.
The Best Oral Health in Picturesque City
The office is located in the tranquil seaside city of Lomé. Called the “pearl of West Africa,” the city exudes a charm and human pace of life rarely found in a national capital. You can stroll down a palm lined boulevard and enjoy the sights and smells of a native market. Two in particular are worth seeing, the Marché des Féticheurs where you can see animal parts for sale to be used in local rituals or the Grand Marché where literally anything can be found.
Whether you are a local or a visitor in Lomé or nearby, the Cabinet Dentaire SOS is prepared to meet any routine or emergency dental need that may arise, with a commitment to quality and customer service that has been their trademark for many years.
Because of its commitment to continuous quality improvement, the Cabinet Dentaire SOS has been selected to receive the BID International Star Award for Quality for 2015 at the convention in Geneva.
About BID and the International Star Award for Quality:
BID is a private and independent organization founded in 1984, whose primary activity is business communication orientated towards quality, excellence and innovation in management. A leader in the broadcasting of Quality Culture, BID recognizes those companies and organizations which lead the most important activities in the business world, and is considered the founding organization in the broadcasting of the Culture of Quality, Excellence and Innovation in 179 countries.
The trophy symbolizes a pledge to the principles of Quality Culture. The QC100 Total Quality Management Model, together with the Quality Mix program, media coverage of the convention and its impact on the community and business sector, create an unmatched platform for continuous improvement within the organization and awareness of the achievements of the company at an international level.
Awards are given only to those who are committed to improving their Quality Culture based on the principles of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model. Candidates are proposed by the leaders of previously awarded companies who they consider worthy of the award. Especially meritorious candidates may also be nominated. The International BID Quality Award Selection Committee then chooses the winning companies who will receive the award in New York, Paris, Geneva, Frankfurt, Madrid and London.