How does dental technology affect my treatment?
At Thompson River Dental, the technology we use helps to create treatment plans targeted to meet your needs.
Because we can display digital X-rays and intraoral scans on the monitors in our treatment rooms, we are able to point out issues detected in your oral structures and walk you through our treatment recommendations.
Our goal is to provide patients with effective dental care while ensuring that they receive the information they need to make informed decisions about their oral health. Our range of dental technology helps us to achieve that goal.
Digital X-rays use digital sensors rather than traditional photographic X-ray film. This technology produces highly detailed computer images of the teeth and gums, as well as other oral structures and conditions, allowing your dentist to examine parts of the mouth that are not visible to the naked eye.
Panoramic X-rays allow your dentist to create a single image of your entire mouth. This image is a flat representation of the teeth, upper and lower jaws, temporomandibular joints (TMJ), and the nasal and sinus structures that can be used to help plan treatments for dentures, braces, extractions and implants.
Intraoral scanners create detailed digital impressions of the hard and soft tissues of your mouth. Your dentist simply uses the intraoral optical scanning wand to take a digital image. These impressions can be a replacement for traditional impressions of the teeth, gums and jaw.
Cone Beam Cat Scan
Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a special type of X-ray machine that generates 3D images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths and bone in the craniofacial region in a single scan. Images obtained with CBCT allow for more precise treatment planning.