Providing Better Smiles to Calgary & nearby areas of Alberta

VELscope- VELscope is an FDA-approved oral cancer screening device that can see changes in tissue invisible to the naked eye. VELscope is safe, noninvasive, and uses a special blue light to detect abnormalities.

Digital Radiographs- Digital computer technology allows us to take radiographs that we can show you on a computer screen and if necessary e-mail to specialists.

Digital Intra-Oral Cameras- The digital intra-oral cameras gives us an intimate view into the inner workings of your mouth. The tiny camera is only the size of a pen, and the images are projected at 40x larger than life. Not only do we get to diagnose and treat problems much earlier, we are able to help patients truly understand their tooth and gum issues with a close-up, visual representation.

DIAGNOdent- Our digital radiographs and DIAGNOdent system work together to produce amazing diagnostic capabilities. DIAGNOdent is helpful for finding cavities that may hide in the grooves of teeth, thanks to a safe laser-light system.

Soft Tissue Diode Laser- The soft tissue laser is used to reshape uneven or excess gum tissue for a more attractive smile. It is also used in the treatment of gingivitis and periodontitis.

Zoom! Tooth Whitening- Our team is excited to offer Zoom! tooth whitening. Zoom! is an extremely fast process that is only performed by a dental professional. With one visit, Dr. Silver isolates the teeth that need whitened and applies the Zoom! bleaching gel directly to the teeth. The special bleaching properties of the gel react to the Zoom! high intensity light that is directed at your teeth. The gel absorbs the light, gently penetrates your teeth and breaks up discoloration to effectively whiten your teeth!

Neuromuscular Technology (for the treatment of TMJ/TMD disorders)

Electromyography (EMG)

Muscle activity is measured with surface electromyography, a technology very similar to an electrocardiogram. Thin wires are attached to the skin by adhesive patches, and the tiny electrical signals emitted by your muscles are detected and sent to the computer for analysis. The greater your muscle activity, the greater the signal strength is that allows us to compare your muscle activity before and after relaxation.

Signs of gum disease or other tooth problems:

  • Sonography
    On some occasions, we may want to also study the sounds of your jaw joints. If so, it is done with electrical sonography. A headset is worn to hold microphone -like sensors over each jaw joint. The sensors detect the joint sound vibrations and transmit the sound data to the computer as you open and close your mouth.
  • K7 Computerized Jaw Scanning
    Advanced jaw scanning utilizes a small magnet placed in front of your lower front teeth. A sensory array, worn like a pair of glasses, is used to measure and record your jaw movements. This allows us to compare your present uncomfortable bite to the ideal relaxed jaw position.
  • Myo-Monitor
    The myo-monitor is a device that delivers a mild electrical impulse to the muscles that move the lower jaw. This rhythmic pulsing (once every 1.5 seconds) relaxes the muscles by increasing the blood flow. The process usually takes about 45 to 60 minutes and is a very relaxing. The myo-monitor is also used to stimulate the jaw when we assess your relaxed jaw movements.
  • CBCT
    CBCT technology allows us to take a 3D image of your jaw and joints to allow us to visualise concerns that is not possible with a traditional 2D image. Using this technology allows us to place computer generated implants on a computer generated image of your jaw before we even start to consider placing them in yourself. This allows us to visualise area of concern before surgery and also greatly reduces the surgery needed during the placement of the real implant in most situations. We can also use the CBCT to look for pathology ,exam a jaw joint on all its aspects which is not possible with traditional imaging without the need fro multiple radiographs.

If you notice any of the above dental issues, contact Southcentre today for a dentistry consultation.

The sooner your gum tissue and supporting bone is treated with hygiene therapy by our hygienist the better. Not only does periodontal disease damage your teeth and supporting structures, it  may place a person at more risk for complications related to diabetes and heart disease.

Gingivitis and periodontitis are chronic bacterial infections of the body and should be treated as such.

Our hygienists Charissa and Yvonne customize the treatment of your “gum tissue” to you. The traditional 6-month “cleaning” does not work for all people. We are all different and the response of our teeth and gums to the bacteria build up (plaque/tarter) is very different.

As part of our soft tissue program we use therapy techniques which include the use of micro-ultrasonic scalers (much more gentle than the traditional scraping) and diode lasers.

See how great hygiene and cosmetic dental treatments can work together to create and maintain a beautiful smile for life: A beautiful smile requires a commitment to excellent dental hygiene and oral health. To learn more about getting a new smile — and how to keep your smile in shape — please contact our team at Southcentre Dental Clinic in Calgary, Alberta today.

CEREC Dental Technology

CEREC uses dental technology that can, in a single session, create dental restorations and cosmetic dental treatments that would otherwise require multiple office visits.

Calgary dentist Dr. Silver can help you determine if CEREC is the best choice for your unique needs and aesthetic goals. Please call Southcentre Dental Clinic today at 403-278-1415 to schedule your personal consultation.

How CEREC Works

The CEREC process begins with digital imaging to create accurate, three-dimensional models of your mouth and teeth. These images are shared with the computer aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) system that will craft your custom restorations. We are then able to custom design your crown on a computer screen and check everything is ideal before we construct the crown. After the design process is complete the CEREC system will then direct the milling unit to create the crown from a solid block of porcelain material. CEREC uses durable, dental-grade porcelain to create your precision fitting restorations on the spot. Dr. Silver monitors the production of your restorations and once completed will place them during the same office visit.

When performed via traditional methods, restorative dental treatments such as dental crowns and cosmetic dentistry procedures typically entail two or more appointments spread out over a span of weeks to months in order to create the crown in a laboratory. During this time you will typically wear a temporary crown made of a plastic type material. The problem with the two visit system is that between the two appointments the temporary crown can fall off and in turn be sensitive, just all round painful and if it’s in the smile embarrassing. If it does come off you will have to go back to the dentist to have it cemented back in place and likely need another injection. Because a CEREC crown is completed in one visit you only need to be frozen the one time. Another benefit to the CEREC is that there is a reduction in the possibility of bacterial leakage into the tooth. We know that does not sound exciting but the bacterial leakage that occurs when wearing a temporary crown can lead to nerve irritation and the possible nerve damage not to mention this often makes the tooth difficult to numb at the second appointment.

CEREC may be used to create:

It’s important to note that CEREC treatment is most efficient when a small number of restorations are necessary. For example, patients who require a series of porcelain veneers to achieve the desired results may be best served by a traditional approach to creating and placing the veneers.

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