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Technology

Keeping Up with Pleasant Valley

At Pleasant Valley Dental, we know it can be hard to keep up with the latest, greatest technology. (One minute you’ve got the hottest smartphone, the next there’s something even better, right? We've all been there.) While your Vernon dentists can’t help you with your cell phone, we can offer contemporary dental technology to help us provide you a more convenient, comfortable dental experience.

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3D Imaging

You’ve probably had dental impressions at one point or another in your life, whether it was braces when you were young or a crown more recently. Nobody wants to sit with goop in their mouth for several minutes—we get it! That’s why we’ve invested in the latest 3D-imaging technology that allows us to take quick digital impressions without the goop and gagging. 3D images are then converted into a digital model of your teeth, so we can map out an accurate treatment plan that includes guided dental implant placement for a successful end result.

Air Abrasion

Whether you’re terrified of the dental drill or you just prefer the least invasive solutions, air abrasion can be a wonderful dental tool. Air abrasion uses a tiny but powerful stream of air and fine particles to remove areas of decay and prepare teeth for restorations. Air abrasion can also be used to correct cracks and stained teeth, prepare teeth for bonding or sealant procedures, or to repair broken crowns and bridges.

CEREC® Milling Machine

In the past (and in many dental offices still today), getting a major dental restoration like a crown was a long process. Your first appointment would include an injection, messy impressions, preparation of the tooth, and placement of a temporary crown. Your impressions were then sent to an off-site dental lab to have your crown created, and you would wear the temporary for a few weeks until your next appointment. Then you would need another injection, removal of the temporary, and placement of the permanent crown. Are we having fun yet? Thankfully, with the help of our CEREC same-day milling machine, we can take digital impressions to have your new crown designed, fabricated, and placed all in a single visit. Now that’s something to smile about!

CEREC

Digital X-rays

Remember how old-school dental x-rays used to be? You had to get up from the dental chair and go into a separate room, put on a heavy lead vest, stand still, turn and face the other direction, and stand still again to have x-rays taken. The x-rays would then take some time to develop–and if you moved at all, you had to start over again! Thankfully, x-ray technology has come a long way in recent years—now x-rays are digital and can be taken in a matter of seconds right from the dental chair.

Intraoral Cameras

Intraoral cameras have revolutionized the dental industry. In the past, the only way we could get a good look at the inside of your mouth was through the magic of sight and the help of a tiny dental mirror—and we all know our eyes can deceive us. Thankfully, intraoral cameras now allow us to get an up-close-and-personal look at the surfaces of your mouth, allowing for massive magnification so we can get a better look. The images can be viewed right alongside the doctor so you can gain a better understanding of your oral health and treatment needs–and disease and decay can be detected and treated much sooner.

Laser Dentistry with the Fotona LightWalker®

Laser technology has been another exciting development in dentistry in recent years. We love using our Fotona LightWalker AT, which has the capability to target and treat damaged or decayed tissue with pinpoint accuracy while leaving healthy tissue intact. The LightWalker allows us to perform both soft- and hard-tissue procedures without the need for cut-and-sew techniques, so we are able to offer patients minimally invasive treatment for fast healing and healthy outcomes. Pleasant Valley Dental uses the LightWalker to treat gum disease, to assist us with implant procedures, and to perform PIPS root canal therapy.

VELscope® Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer is typically not detected until its advanced stages, which is why it has become deadlier than other types of cancer that may be detected earlier; the overall survival rate is currently about 62% five years after diagnosis. Patients over 60 are at an increased risk, although changing risk factors including HPV have caused higher instances in women and young people under 40. Pleasant Valley Dental has invested in VELscope oral cancer screening technology that utilizes natural tissue fluorescence to illuminate abnormalities that may be signs of oral cancer—abnormalities that would otherwise go undetected by the naked eye.

Oral Health Products

CariFree®

CariFree is a line of professional-grade oral health products including toothpaste and rinses that help facilitate optimal oral health. Whether you struggle with tooth decay or gum disease or you just want products recommended by your Vernon dentists, CariFree helps kill the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease and bring the mouth into a healthier pH balance.

CariFree

The Humble® Co.

The Humble Company makes the vegan, cruelty-free toothbrushes we hand out to our clients from 100% biodegradable, sustainably-grown bamboo and quality bristles from DuPont®. In addition to being better for the environment than the typical plastic toothbrush, every Humble purchase funds efforts to benefit children in need.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions about our technology or products, we would love to speak with you. Contact your Vernon dentists, Dr. Bicknell, Dr. Denk, or Dr. Montian, at Pleasant Valley Dental today!

Pleasant Valley Dental

3607 – 27th Street, Vernon, BC V1T 4X2

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