Bitewing x-rays are the most common x-rays taken in dentistry. We use them to find cavities between the teeth, tartar on the roots, worn-out fillings, and the receding bone levels of periodontal disease. Digital x-ray sensors are quite sensitive, so the amount of radiation exposure is very low.
A panoramic X-ray is a single photo that captures an overall view of your teeth, jaws, and surrounding areas. Digital X-rays have advantages over film X-rays. Because there are no chemicals to process, you see your image faster. This computer image can be enhanced for a better diagnosis.
Radiation & Medical
We learn a lot about your oral health through a visual examination of your teeth and gums. But even with 20/20 vision, there are things that can’t be seen with the naked eye. A digital x-ray sends signals to a computer, which translates into large, crisp, electronic pictures of your teeth and supporting bone. The pictures can be enlarged and colored for clarification and are stored in your file for future reference.
The digital radiograph makes it easier and less expensive to detect, diagnose and plan treatment long before problems become visible to the naked eye. We will recommend digital radiographs periodically, and as you need them. It’s the best and safest way to guard your smile against unexpected problems.
Oral Cancer Screening
We are now offering VELscope, a ground breaking new technology showing promise in detecting oral cancers at an early stage. VELscope was developed by the BC Cancer Agency as a simple hand held device that is non-invasive. VELscope uses a bright blue light to highlight any changes in your mouth that a dentist could not see with the naked eye. During your dental examination we will shine this light over your tongue, cheeks, and lips. Healthy tissue will fluoresce or glow, while unhealthy tissue will absorb the light and show as a dark shadow. The blue light of the VELscope defines the borders of a cancerous lesion that would otherwise be invisible. If a suspicious lesion is detected, a referral to a dental or medical specialist can be made and a biopsy can be taken, or the area can be closely monitored. The goal is to detect these changes early. If it’s caught early, oral cancer has an eighty percent survival rate. Risk factors for oral cancers include smoking, chewing tobacco, alcohol abuse, and a history of other cancers.
Laser Caries Detection System
Diagnodent is a valuable technology in aiding the detection of decay at the earliest stages, enabling us to preserve tooth structure by restoring only the small decayed portion of the tooth. Diagnodent uses Laser Fluorescence Technology to detect below the surface cavities. Studies have proven that this technology is the most accurate and reliable method for diagnosing when combined with x-rays.
At Glenbrook Dental, we are finding Diagnodent very useful in detecting the sub-surface cavities that were previously difficult to diagnose. While the top surface of the tooth is hard, a cavity which has already penetrated a small portion of the enamel can grow undetected in the soft dentin layers. The undetected decay in the lower layers of a tooth can grow until the damage is severe enough to be seen on a dental x-ray.