What’s New in Dentistry

What’s New in Dentistry

Advances in the field of dentistry have simplified many procedures and enabled many treatments that were previously thought impossible. Wheatland Dental in Saskatoon is committed to incorporating the latest technology to help our patients.

Intraoral Pictures

For many years, dentists have said “I wish you could see what I could see,” while they were conducting examinations in a patient’s mouth. Finally, this is a reality with the help of intraoral pictures. The camera is about the size of a pen and illuminated on the end to enable the dentist to see every inch of the mouth clearly. The camera captures the image and allows the patient to see exactly what issues are happening and better understand how to fix them.

Digital Radiographs

X-rays have been a part of medicine and dentistry for many years. Their ability to see what is happening under the surface can be life-changing for many people. For dentists, it lets them know if cavities are lurking under the surface or if there are issues with the root of the teeth. Digital x-rays have many huge advantages starting with a greatly reduced amount of radiation used to take the image. The digital aspect of the image reduces the need for expensive developing chemicals and film and enables the dentist to keep the x-ray for years to come without worrying about running out of space or the image disintegrating.

Digital Impressions

Using a wand and an intraoral scanner, dentists can now take a digital impression of your mouth. This creates a digital model of your teeth and aids in treatment. In addition, it can be a way of skipping the often “messy” impression taking with traditional molds.

Cone Beam Imaging

Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. Your doctor may use this technology to produce three dimensional (3-D) images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan. The scan will give us detailed information which cannot be obtained from normal x-ray examinations. For example, if you are being considered for dental implants or other special procedures, it enables us to assess the exact shape of the bone.

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