When you decide to correct or enhance your smile, it is often difficult to determine in advance the exact outcome you can expect. Digital imaging is software that enables us to take your digital photograph and manipulate it to virtually project the procedures you are considering. The result is a photo that shows you what your smile might look like after treatment. Whether you are considering teeth whitening, teeth positioning, veneers or a complete smile makeover, digital imaging technology makes it possible for you to see your future smile.
The process is quite simple. Once your dentist has completed an oral examination and discussed your smile goals, a treatment plan will be proposed and discussed with you. Various digital photos of your current smile will be taken and the factors for change will be entered into the computer. The computer will immediately generate one or more graphic images showing exactly how the changes will affect your mouth’s appearance as well as the overall appearance of your face.
A glimpse into your future
Whether you are considering teeth whitening, tooth positioning or veneers, digital imaging technology enables you to foresee your future smile. The process is quite simple. Once your dentist has completed your oral examination and discussed your smile goals, a treatment plan is created.
Various digital photos of your current smile are taken and the factors for change are entered into the computer. The computer immediately generates one or more graphic images that show precisely how the changes will affect the appearance of your mouth, as well as the overall appearance of your face. It is a fun process and can generate excitement, like an ultrasound revealing the sex of a new baby. Moreover, you can bring a photo home to share with family and friends.
We advise patients to make wise decisions. Digital imaging gives you a real glimpse of your future before you make a final commitment to treatment. What more could you ask for?
Using digital radiography, we can clearly identify all internal and external anatomical structures and accurately diagnose your dental problems. Digital x-ray technology improves and simplifies the way we care for our patients’ teeth, resulting in better dental assessments and treatment decisions.
When an x-ray is taken, a tiny sensor is placed in your mouth to emit a small amount of radiation. This creates a detailed image of your internal structures orally that is immediately visible from a monitor.
Digital radiography offers unparalleled advantages over conventional radiography. It is convenient, environmentally safe, and provides an excellent opportunity for patient education. It can be transferred and reproduced correctly. Best of all, it is safer for our patients.
Reduced radiation, radical results
Traditionally, dentists used X-rays to see what the naked eye could not. X-rays were developed in a darkroom with dangerous chemicals, then displayed on a special light panel. Developed X-rays had to be stored, which required extensive filing systems. Worst of all, patients were heavily exposed to conventional X-rays. Digital radiography has completely transformed this process.
Now, when you come to our dental centre for a digital X-ray, a tiny sensor is placed in your mouth to emit a small amount of radiation – up to 90 percent less than traditional X-rays. This creates a detailed oral image of your internal structures that is immediately visible on a monitor. We can rotate the image, enlarge it, adjust it for contrast, and even colour-code it for educational purposes. Digital images can be stored easily and efficiently, safe and sound, in our computer files. For insurance purposes, referrals, or patient education, digital radiographs can be easily and accurately reproduced indefinitely, at minimal cost.
Digital radiography offers unrivalled advantages over conventional X-ray imaging. It is practical, environmentally friendly, and provides an excellent opportunity for patient education. It can be transferred and reproduced accurately. Best of all, it is safer for our patients. If you have any questions about digital radiography, please give us a call. We will do all we can to help.
At your visit to the dentist, intraoral cameras are used. The dentist or hygienist will insert into your mouth a pen-sized camera with a tip similar to a magic wand. Covered with a disposable plastic sheath to prevent contamination, the wand simply takes a video of the inside of your mouth and transmits the images via a cable to a computer unit. The computer unit magnifies the images in colour and sends them to a television screen that you can watch comfortably from the dentist’s chair!
The dentist can point out problems and explain treatment recommendations, thus allowing you to become an informed partner in your dental care, instead of a bewildered spectator.
Lasers have transformed medical surgery by providing less invasive alternatives to conventional scalpel incisions and sutures. Laser intensity, as well as its narrow wavelength, has precise, predictable, and powerful reactions when it encounters hard or soft tissues of the body.
Laser light is extremely effective, producing little heat as it acts on its target. This makes it ideal for oral surgery, as it rarely affects tissues other than those at which it is aimed. The laser provides precise control over the depth and extent of the cut, while minimizing bleeding and sterilization of the treatment area.
Versatility and applications
However, a laser can also polymerize (harden) dental materials, scan for tooth decay, prepare teeth for fillings, and activate whitening gel to brighten teeth. Current dental applications include the treatment of gum disease, gum remodeling, root canal cleaning, cavity detection and removal, polymerization of dental materials, cauterization of incisions, lesion repair, biopsies, and accelerating tooth whitening. If you have any questions about the lasers we use, please contact our Montreal dental centre. It is our duty to help you understand all the exciting innovations we are implementing for your comfort and care.
Chairside Economical Resoration of Esthetic Ceramic
CEREC is a German dental technology that enables us to make a crown, veneer, or inlay in a single appointment. With CEREC technology, the first step is taking an impression of your tooth with a digital oral camera. Your dentist then adjusts the image of your tooth and production specifications are sent to a machine tool that sculpts your restoration in less than 15 minutes. The dentist then permanently places what has been trimmed into your mouth and you leave the clinic with a smile.