Current River Dental offers digital X-rays and other forms of dental technology to help protect your smile for years to come! Our Thunder Bay dental clinic is equipped with a wide range of instruments to help diagnosis and treat the most common dental ailments. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our team.
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DIAGNOdent™ is a handheld laser pen that is used by our dental hygienist to detect decay which may be extremely difficult to detect using an explorer. This device is able to confirm the precise location of the cavity to effectively treat the areas that require filling.
Digital X-rays are faster than film; they deliver excellent image resolution and require less radiation exposure to the patient. Patient comfort is ensured with small, light, soft and flexible phosphor storage plates. No chemicals are required to develop the images; instead images go directly into the computer, which offers a better diagnostic capability.
A precision optical instrument, an intraoral camera is an invaluable tool to photograph and magnify images of your teeth and mouth that are not easily viewed in the mirror. The slim profile is effortlessly maneuvered in the mouth to produce pictures instantly on the computer screen for you to see and better understand our diagnosis.
As an oral cancer screening tool, the Identafi® uses white, violet and amber wavelengths of light to excite oral tissue in distinct and unique ways. As a result, biochemical changes can be monitored with fluorescence, while morphological changes can be monitored with reflectance. Conventional examination of tissue is performed using a highly concentrated white light. The hygienist will then switch to violet for a second observation. Violet light enhances normal tissue's natural fluorescence; however, suspicious tissue appears dark because of its loss of fluorescence.
When suspected abnormalities are present, the selector is switched to amber light, which enhances normal tissue's reflective properties, so the hygienist may directly observe the difference between normal and abnormal tissue's vasculature. This independent view of vascular architecture may assist during the assessment and screening of oral cancer. The combination of all three multi-spectral wavelengths provides the hygienist with more visual information, improved results over direct visual exam alone, and increased confidence for recommending biopsies.