Advanced Dental Technology
In this rapidly changing world of advancing science and technology, we are committed to the best. At Kelowna Dental Centre, we practice evidence-based dentistry, are committed to continuing education, and have the latest in technology so that we can provide the best options for the treatment you deserve.
- SOLEA® All-Tissue Dental Laser
- Cone Beam CT (CBCT) 3D Imaging
- Dental Microscope
- Digital Radiography (X-Rays)
SOLEA® All-Tissue Dental Laser
The SOLEA CO2 dental laser is a versatile system that is FDA-cleared for procedures involving hard and/or soft tissue of the mouth. At Kelowna Dental Centre, we use the SOLEA all-tissue dental laser to prepare cavities for fillings, perform a broad range of gum procedures, complete complex oral surgeries, and more—all with virtually no discomfort to the patient and very little anaesthesia (if any) required.
The key to SOLEA’s impressive effectiveness and efficiency is the sophisticated computer system that guides it, as well as the unique wavelength the laser emits. Patients benefit not only from the impressive speed, quietness, and precision SOLEA offers, but also the minimal blood and tissue trauma that results from treatment with the laser. (This can be particularly advantageous for treating pediatric patients!) When compared with older, more traditional treatment methods, SOLEA leads to reduced post-care discomfort and significantly faster healing rates.
Your dentist may utilize the SOLEA CO2 dental laser system for the following procedures:
- Cavity repair (removal of decay)
- Pediatric dentistry
- Bone procedures
- Gum contouring
- Oral surgery
- Gum disease treatment
Cone Beam CT (CBCT) 3D Imaging
Kelowna Dental Centre provides state-of-the-art CBCT 3D imaging (Cone-Beam Computed Tomography), which is typically unavailable at most dental practices. This equipment allows for improved diagnoses and the effective completion of more advanced treatment plans, such as custom implant dentistry and full mouth rebuilds. Within the span of 20 seconds, a precise, undistorted 3D image is captured, and single or multiple locations can be investigated. These detailed images can show nerve location, bone density, bone width, roots, airways, and/or sinus proximity, all of which is critical knowledge for precise implant placement and planning of other oral surgeries.
When seeking dental implants, full mouth restoration, or oral surgery, CBCT 3D imaging can make a huge difference in the success of your treatment. With the detailed 3D pictures CBCT provides, treatment planning is far more exact and comprehensive, allowing our experienced dentists to dramatically improve your oral health and rebuild oral structures for optimized function and aesthetics. At Kelowna Dental Centre, our goal is always to create long-lasting dental work that is structurally sound, comfortable, healthy, and natural-looking—and our CBCT system is an important part of helping us deliver the most satisfying results and a great value to patients with complex restorative cases.
Our dental microscope-equipped operatories allow our experienced dentists to optimize restorative procedures and endodontic treatment (root canals) for successful outcomes. These high-powered microscopes provide ideal magnification of the treatment area for enhanced precision during procedures that demand detailed execution. This state-of-the-art technology supports our ability to give you the high-quality care and superior results you expect and deserve.
Digital Radiography (X-Rays)
Digital X-ray machines and methods have made diagnostic imaging incredibly precise and efficient. The crisp, detailed images produced using digital radiography make it easier to detect and diagnose a wide range of dental problems earlier, show and explain problem areas to patients, and develop more effective treatment plans. Additional benefits include up to 90% less radiation exposure when compared with older film techniques.
Bitewing radiographs takes digital X-ray images of the posterior (back) crowns and surrounding bone tissue to identify decay or degradation between the teeth, monitor bone levels, and observe changes in previously treated or restored teeth.
Periapical radiographs show the entire length of the teeth being imaged, from crown to root. The supporting structures of the teeth can be observed as well. Typically two or three teeth can be captured at a time with this technique.
Panoramic radiographs capture a single, comprehensive image of the entire mouth (oral cavity) from ear to ear, including the jaws, teeth, surrounding tissues, support structures, and lower sinuses. Taking panoramic radiographs involves a low radiation dose generally equivalent to about one set of four bitewing intraoral films.
These types of X-rays are considered to be a cost-effective option for patients and can be essential to identification and diagnosis of the following:
- Impacted wisdom teeth, diagnosis, and treatment planning
- Periodontal bone loss and periapical involvement
- Identifying the source of dental pain
- Assessment for the placement of dental implants
- Orthodontic assessment (pre- and post-operative)
- Diagnosis of developmental anomalies
- Carcinoma in relation to the jaws
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunctions and ankylosis
- Diagnosis of osteosarcoma, ameloblastoma, and renal osteodystrophy affecting jaws and hypophosphatemia
- Diagnosis and pre-/post-surgical assessment of oral and maxillofacial trauma, such as fractures
- Salivary stones
Are you ready to find out how our state-of-the-art technology can improve your dental experience? Contact Kelowna Dental Centre to schedule your appointment!