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  • 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 3D 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 Computed Tomography (CBCT)

Did you know? Dr. Klaus 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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3D Imaging

Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) is a special type of x-ray technology used when regular dental radiographs are not sufficient. We may use this technology to produce a 3D image of your teeth and jaw to help us diagnose and plan.

What is Dental CBCT?

A CBCT scanner – at Applecross we use the Dentsply Sirona Axeos – uses a special type of technology to generate 3D images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths and bone in the jaws in a single scan. Images obtained with cone beam CT allow for more precise treatment planning.

CBCT 3D scanner Dentsply Sirona Axeos scanner

With a CBCT, an x-ray beam in the shape of a cone is moved around the patient to produce a large number of images, also called views.

During a CBCT examination, the scanner arm rotates around your head in a complete 360-degree horizontal rotation while capturing multiple images from different angles that are reconstructed to create a single 3D image. This image consists of Voxels. These voxels are like pixels, but 3D and not 2D.

The Field of View (FoV) can be minimized to reduce radiation, depending on what area needs investigating.

What are some common uses of CBCTs?

  • Surgical planning wisdom tooth extractions.
  • Surgical planning for dental implants.
  • Evaluation of teeth for root canal treatment.
  • Diagnosis of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ disease, or TMD).
  • Evaluation of the jaws, teeth, nerve canals, nasal cavity and sinuses.
  • Detecting and measuring tumours in the jaws.

What are the benefits vs. risks of CBCT?

The benefit of an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment plan by far outweighs the risk involved with CBCTs by a factor of tens of thousands. Still, we have to be wise when we use radiation.

Benefits of CBCT:

  • A CBCT produces a 3D image, consisting of Voxels (tiny cubes of picture information) that can be manipulated to show a wide variety of views and angles to provide a much better view than previously possible.
  • A CBCT provides by far more information than conventional dental radiographs, allowing for more precise and much better treatment planning.
  • A CBCT has the ability to image bone and soft tissue at the same time.

Risks of CBCT:

  • There is a theoretical and minimal chance of cancer from excessive exposure to radiation. In fact, Dr. Klaus wrote his doctorate thesis about radiation from diagnostics on children.

Pregnancy & CBCT
Tell your dentist if there’s a possibility you are pregnant. We will always ask you before taking a CBCT.

Composite Fillings

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

In fact, 95% 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 Dental FAQs section.

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