DENTAL TECHNOLOGIES

Digital Radiography

Here at North Central Dental, we use state of the art technology to minimize discomfort, and to get the best results possible. One of the ways that we do this is through our use of digital radiography. Like an X-Ray, digital radiography is used to take detailed pictures of your teeth and, in some cases, jaw structure. An image is taken via a small sensor placed intra-orally which is then stored digitally to allow aid in the diagnosis and for use in future visits to monitor progress.

As an added benefit of using digital radiography, the amount of radiation exposure required for a clear picture is significantly reduced. Due to it’s digital nature, clear images can be obtained more reliably in circumstances of over or under exposure. The dose at which the patient is exposed during the digital radiograph is one-tenth of the dose using a conventional X-ray apparatus.

Laser

This exciting technology delivers controlled amounts of energy to carefully limited area, which in turn reduces trauma and post operative discomfort. As an additional beneļ¬t, due to its precision, there is a reduced need for large amounts of anaesthesia. Lasers are used for surgery on hard and soft tissue, as well as removing decayed tooth structure for restoring the tooth. Further, the use of a dental laser allows a faster healing process in the treatment of periodontal disease.

Intra-Oral Camera

At North Central Dental we use Schick intra-oral cameras that gives a great image clarity of your teeth. This is a great visual tool to keep you better informed about what is happening in your mouth and to better understand your treatment choices.

CEREC

CEREC is a technology that helps us achieve a crown in one visit. The word CEREC is an acronym that stands for Chair-side Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. While sitting comfortably an image of the prepped tooth is scanned into a computer. Using advanced digital technology we are able to design and mill the crown in a matter of minutes. After the milling is done, we are able to cement the crown with no or minimal adjustment. In the end we are able to reproduce a crown with no messy impressions, , nor temporary crowns, and with one visit. Cheers to that!

Velscope

According to statistics more than 40,000 new cases of oral cancer would be diagnosed this year in North America. As a routine oral examination we visually inspect the condition of the tongue and its under soft tissue, the palate, inside the cheeks, and the lips. Velscope is a portable device that aids in detecting cancer and pre-cancerous soft tissue lesions as well as areas of concern that may require further action and that might otherwise have been overlooked.

Zoom Whitening

Many people around the globe have had their teeth whitened due to the the intrinsic stains that lives between the micro-cracks in your enamel and deep within your dentin. Dentin is the second layer of your tooth, underneath your enamel. The whitening agent (either carbamide Peroxide or hydrogen peroxide) penetrates the enamel to get to these discoloured molecules. Then a reaction called oxidation happens where the Oxygen molecules react with the unwanted molecules in the teeth and break them apart, and the same oxygen molecules spread and whitens the entire tooth. That is how we can achieve a beautiful, radiant, and a whiter smile.

Cone Beam Volumetric Tomography
(CBCT or CBVT)

This 3D Extraoral Imaging System boasts the highest resolution. Cone Beam Volumetric Tomography (CBVT) also known as Cone Beam CT is an imaging modality that produces volume imaging easily and rapidly. The Cone beam scanners utilize a cone-shaped beam to scan the entire region of interest in a single rotation. A computer software manipulates the volumes into multiple slices for viewing. This technology reduces the size of the scanner, while increasing the efficiency of x-ray photon used resulting in a considerable reduction of patient radiation exposure to the patient. It is about 1/10 the radiation of a medical CT.