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! While we can’t help you with your cell phone, we can offer the latest dental technology to ensure the least invasive, most comfortable, and most convenient 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 and easy digital impressions without the gagging. 3D images are then converted into a digital model, so we can map out your treatment plan with the utmost precision, including guided dental implant placement for the healthiest, most successful results.

Air Abrasion

Whether you’re terrified of the dental drill or you just prefer the least invasive, most comfortable solutions, air abrasion is a wonderful 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 repair cracks and discoloured teeth, to prepare teeth for bonding procedures including sealants, and to repair broken crowns and bridges.

CEREC® Milling Machine

In the past, (and in many dental offices still today) getting a dental restoration like a crown was quite the process. Your first appointment would include an injection, messy impressions, preparation of the tooth and placement of a temporary. 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.

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Digital X-rays

Remember how dental x-rays used to be? You had to get up and go into a separate room, wear 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 been a revolution for 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 we can detect disease and decay sooner.

Laser Dentistry

Lasers have been another of the greatest revolutions in dentistry in recent years! Lasers offer precision, pinpoint accuracy when dealing with areas of disease or decay, targeting diseased tissue and leaving healthy tissue intact. Lasers allow us to perform many soft-tissue procedures without the need for invasive surgical techniques with scalpels and sutures. Lasers offer a minimally invasive treatment that’s more comfortable for you with faster healing and healthier results!

Velscope® Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer is typically not detected until it’s in an advanced stage, which is why it is deadlier than many other forms of cancer that may be detected sooner. The overall survival rate is about 62% five years after diagnosis. Patients over 60 are at an increased risk, although changing risk factors including HPV have cause higher instances in women and young people under 40. That’s why we’ve 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 wonderful line of professional-grade oral health products including toothpastes and rinses that help facilitate optimum oral health. If you’re someone who struggles with tooth decay or gum disease, or you just want the best products available, CariFree is recommended by dentists everywhere. CariFree helps kill the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease and bring the mouth into a healthier pH balance.

CariFree

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. Parkins at Pleasant Valley Dental today!

Pleasant Valley Dental

2301 32nd Ave., Vernon, BC V1T 2k5

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