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  • Clinic Hours
  • 8:30am–5:00pm
  • Monday–Thursday
  • & Some Fridays
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  • 6441 Applecross Road
  • Nanaimo, BC V9V 1K8
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Our ServicesGeneral Dentistry

Prevention and cleaning is so important when it comes to your teeth.

Dental Hygiene Dental Imaging Composite Fillings

Dental Hygiene

We employ several gentle and experienced dental hygienists who will carefully and thoroughly clean your teeth. Our thorough dental exams will provide you with a clear picture of your current oral health by using the latest techniques and technology.

Proper oral hygiene instruction on the latest techniques and materials will be provided, and nutritional counselling can be provided to help you achieve and maintain your dental health.

Why should I have my teeth cleaned?
Tartar causes bad breath. 90% of the tartar is bacteria, causing gum inflammation and disease. More teeth get lost because of gum disease than cavities.

Our goal is help you build a complete dental program to ensure your teeth both become and stay healthy and strong.

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Dental Imaging

Dental x-ray X-ray showing an implant with custom abutment and crown.

“A picture is worth a thousand words”, and that’s especially true when taking care of your teeth! We will show you your digital x-rays on an iPad or the computer screen. These high-resolution images make it easy to understand your current level of oral health, as well as what areas could be improved. No more looking at tiny pieces of plastic film!

It’s important to know that the radiation from dental imaging is very minimal. A radiograph only gives two microsieverts (μSv). This is equivalent to the radiation that you receive just from spending four hours indoors (from drywall, dust, granite, etc).

Why should I get x-rays?
X-rays are an inexpensive method for finding problems in their early stages. This includes cavities, tooth fractures, calcifications, gum and bone problems, abscesses, tumours, sinus problems, and other pathologies.

We offer dental imaging using:

  • Phosphor plate x-ray technology, which is as thin as a conventional film
  • Intraoral macro camera viewing with European technology
  • High end professional Nikon DSLR photography
  • Cone beam CT (referral to the oral surgeon’s office)

Did you know? Dr. Protzer wrote his doctorate thesis on radiation. If you’re also really curious about radiation, our Patient Resources page has some informative links.

Together we use these tools to show you your needs as well as the final result. They truly are “conversation starters” here at the clinic!

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Composite Fillings

Fillings don’t have to be silver or unsightly – we can make your fillings invisible!

Approximately 90% of the fillings done in our office are nearly invisible white composite fillings. The rest are evenly divided between other material choices, such as silver (amalgam) or gold, and usually only by patient request.

Amalgam silver fillings are so last millennium!

It’s almost always worth it to opt for the more esthetic, white composite solution, although gold fillings can be an excellent choice on back molars.

To learn more about the advancements in dental fillings, check out What filling options do I have? in our Ask Dr. Protzer section.

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