Vintage clothes? Cool. Vintage dentistry? Not so much.
We know that going to the dentist isn’t everyone’s favourite way to spend an afternoon. You might have childhood memories of a big, illuminated chair, a lengthy seated session, and a stranger poking around the inside of your mouth with various metal devices. It all ends with that same stranger telling you to eat fewer sweets and floss your teeth more.
At Nest Dental, we aim to transform this image of dentistry as a necessary evil. Our practice is passionate about merging the foundational principles of dentistry with technology to create an enjoyable patient experience. The expansion of dental technology has our whole team very excited about the future.
Introducing a modern take on oral health
Our Vancouver dental studio uses various new tools that play key roles in patient communication, diagnostics, and treatments. Technological advancements such as multi-tasking dental lasers, intra-oral cameras, 3D scans, Surgically Clean Air, and more are changing the game of dentistry.
Explore the Nest team’s 5 favourite dental technologies below so you can look forward to your next dental visit.
1. iTero® intraoral health scanner
If you’ve had a dental crown, a dental bridge, braces, a nightguard, or a retainer, you’re probably familiar with the unpleasant experience of dental impressions. Old dental technology had patients bite down on a big block of goop while an outline of their teeth formed into dental putty. When you visit our Vancouver dentist for treatment, you’ll enjoy a more comfortable solution.
The iTero Intraoral Scanner was created with a simple goal: to make measuring and assessing a patient’s mouth easier. Using a handheld wand, we can capture high-definition images of your teeth and gums quickly. Unlike traditional impressions, you won’t have to hold still while trying not to gag or face a risk of appliances not fitting correctly.
During a digital scan, you can breathe and swallow normally and we can stop and start the process as needed. Images are then translated into an accurate, 3D model of your mouth.
2. Digital X-Rays
Patients sometimes ask, are dental x-rays safe? According to the Canadian Dental Association, “Dental x-rays deliver very little radiation; they’re a vital tool for your dentist to ensure that small problems don’t develop into bigger ones.”
And while conventional x-rays are considered safe, at Nest Dental, we use low-dose, digital x-rays. This gives Dr. Sonia Sahi, General Dentist, sharper images all while emitting up to 80% less radiation than traditional dental x-rays.
3. Intra-Oral Camera
Have you ever been sitting in your dentist’s chair and asked to open your mouth even wider? One of the greatest inconveniences for both dentist and patient is when your dental practitioner cannot see enough of your mouth, even with a dental mirror. This is where the intra-oral camera comes in.
Our intra-oral camera not only lets your Vancouver dentist get a better view of your mouth, it also lets you see what she sees in real-time. It transmits images and video onto a screen and we can zoom in or pause to show you areas of concern, explain a diagnosis and treatment plan and help you better understand your oral health.
4. CBCT Scan
While a conventional dental x-ray shows us your tissues and bones, it only gives your dentist a one-dimensional perspective. Sometimes, Dr. Sonia Sahi needs to see more. That’s why the Nest team uses CBCT dental imaging, also known as Cone Beam Computed Tomography, for implant dentistry, oral surgery, root canal treatment, and orthodontics.
The device rotates around your head recording hundreds of different x-ray views in less than a minute. The images are then stitched to form a virtual 3D model of your entire dental and facial anatomy. This 3D image even includes your root canals, sinuses, and nerves! Our ability to see your fine anatomical structures from every angle may mean more efficient and less invasive treatment options.
5. Surgically Clean Air
We have implemented Surgically Clean Air to keep our Vancouver dental studio as safe and comfortable as possible. In a dental office, Surgically Clean Air traps and kills bacteria, fungi, and viruses in the air before, during, and after a patient’s treatment. Moreover, the purified air is then charged with negative ions, re-energizing the air in the room! These medical-grade HEPA filters meet and exceed guidelines for general surgery in a hospital.
Fun fact about surgically clean air:
Did you know this is what they do to the air in Las Vegas hotels? Many people think they add oxygen to it, but it is just the re-ionization of the air!
Schedule an appointment for a new kind of dental experience.
While these dental technologies allow us to better care for our patients, the most important part of our job will always come first — listening to you. The Nest Dental team is here to make your visit as comfortable as possible.
Schedule an appointment with our Fraser street dentist today to experience some of our favourite dental technologies in action! With a gorgeous space, thoughtful service, and transparent pricing, Nest promises the best dental care in Vancouver for your whole family.