Dental technology is constantly evolving just like phones and computers, and the instruments we use today would sound like science fiction to dentists from just a decade ago. Now, we’re able to capture X-rays in seconds, show you your smile from your dentist’s perspective, and even create high-quality impressions without using messy dental putty. Read on below to learn about some of the excellent tools that help us put smiles on Prince Albert faces every day!
Intraoral cameras allow both you and our team to get a better look at your smile. This small device enables us to take high-definition, close-up images of your teeth and gums we can display on a monitor right in the treatment room. Now, you’ll be able to see exactly what your dentist is talking about as they discuss your dental health and any problem areas. This instrument helps make appointments much more transparent and takes a lot of the mystery out of dental care.
X-rays are an essential part of our practice because they enable us to spot potential dental issues even before they are visible to the naked eye. We only use digital X-rays as opposed to traditional film because the images are much sharper, take less time to develop, and they also emit up to 90% LESS radiation. We’re even able to show a patient their own X-rays just seconds after taking them, giving them a whole new level of understanding about their dental health.
Creating a working model of a patient’s teeth is an important first step for many treatments, and this used to require someone to literally bite down into a physical mold containing dental putty. Fortunately, our digital impression system allows us to keep the putty safely put away. A few noncontact scans of the mouth are all we need to create an exhaustively detailed 3D digital image of the teeth and bite. This process is not only much faster than the traditional one, but it also gives us a more accurate impression, improving the quality of any treatment it is used for.
Soft tissue lasers enable us to perform gentle but effective procedures on the gum tissues with the goal of creating healthier gingival tissue with no sound or vibration. They’re able to instantly eliminate gum disease bacteria and even remove infected tissue. The instrument itself creates almost no heat, sound, or vibration as it works.
The development of tooth decay is a gradual process, and Dr. Janzen’s team wants to stop it in its tracks as soon as possible. That’s why we now use DIAGNOdent during routine checkups. This modern technology uses laser fluorescence to carefully scan the tooth surfaces and create a precise digital reading of any spots of weakened tooth enamel, which will have a stronger reaction to the laser than healthy dental structure. As a result, cavities can be discovered earlier and necessary treatment initiated sooner, and more conservatively.