Our newest advancement, the iTero allows us to provide impression free services. The iTero makes it possible for Dr. Gray to scan your mouth, creating a 3D digital image of your teeth. This scan is commonly used to make crowns or bridge work. With the iTero we get consistent superior results for our patients.
What is the benefit to me?
Many patients dislike having impressions taken as they can be uncomfortable. With the iTero we scan the area with a wand that takes images and relays them to the computer, which builds a perfect replica. This process is more comfortable, quicker and easier for the patient. The scan produces a more accurate image than a traditional impression, making your crown or bridge fit and feel better, with less need for adjustments.
VITA Easy Shade is a tool we use when colour matching. We strive with each crown we make to achieve the best results possible for each patient. A large part of this is colour matching, You want not only the best fit and feel but also for your crown to look natural and be esthetically pleasing.
The VITA Easy Shade tool allows us to be more precise with colour matching giving you a better final result. It’s quick and easy to use. We simple hold the wand to the tooth and it gives us a reading of hue, shade and value. We communicate this information to the lab along with photos to ensure the best match possible.
For your added safety and comfort we use Digital X-rays.
Why Do I Need Dental X-rays? Similar to an iceberg, only a portion of your tooth is visible upon a first inspection. When we look at your teeth with our naked eye we are only scratching the surface.
Your tooth is composed of several layers, with a large portion hidden below your gum line and in your jaw bone. The surface ‘enamel’ that we can visibly examine is meant to protect the inner parts of a tooth. Below your enamel is the Dentin, then the Pulp where the nerve and blood vessels nourish your tooth. Also hidden are your Jaw bone, joints and ligaments that help support your teeth. Damage, infection or abnormalities below the surface are often invisible but cannot be ignored.
X-rays allow us to:
- Find decay and abnormalities between teeth and below the gumline
- Monitor the effects of periodontal conditions
- Monitor your jaw bone and the position of your teeth
- Monitor areas of concern before they become a problem
- Detect any growths or abnormality in your jawbone that may be a sign something more serious
- Get a complete picture of your teeth in relation to each other and your mouth (both inside and out)
How are Digital X-rays taken?
Digital dental X-rays are faster and more comfortable than traditional dental X-rays. To perform a digital dental X-ray we place a small sensor in your mouth which is connected to a computer by a tiny wire. An X-ray beam is then sent through your teeth, recording an image of your teeth, jaw bone and support structures which are then sent to a computer. The sensor can then be repositioned to capture other sections of your mouth. These images are proceeded by the computer, rather than relying on traditional film. This eliminates the need for toxic developing chemicals as well as increasing the speed and accuracy of the image.
Why do we use Digital Dental X-rays?
We are all exposed to a very low dosage of natural radiation from the environment. Studies have shown that the radiation exposure from traditional dental x-rays is about 1/100th of the amount of radiation received from natural sources. Digital dental X-rays produce 80 – 90% less radiation when compared to traditional dental X-rays.
Digital dental X-rays are faster and more comfortable to use. As the images are captured electronically, there is no need to develop the X-rays, thus eliminating the disposal of toxic waste into the environment. The digital image also allows us to enlarge, isolate and zoom into specific areas of the image, allowing us to find potential problems far earlier.
Even though digital X- rays produce lower levels of radiation than traditional dental X-rays, Dentistry in Ajax still takes all necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure by using lead apron shields to protect the body and only taking x-rays when they are necessary.