Dental Tools & Equipment
Dentists in Canada have access to a wide range of tools and equipment to aid them in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral and dental conditions. Dental technology is constantly being developed to create more effective solutions for dental patients.
Types of Technology for Dentists
Advances in dental technology have given dentists and recognized dental specialists new tools to image the teeth and mouth, detect and treat dental problems, and create restorative dental appliances.
The Benefits of Dental Technology
Improved Oral Health Care
Improving oral health for Canadians is an important goal all dentists share. New technology can help improve the techniques for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in dentistry.
Although acquiring the latest dental technology can require dental offices to spend a great deal of money upfront, there are also reduced patient costs associated with new technology. For example, patients may not have to replace restorations as often when they are designed and manufactured with new technology.
Reduced Chair Time
Dental technology can increase efficiency, leading to patients spending less time overall in a dental chair. Patients benefit from spending less time at the dental clinic and more time enjoying their usual activities, and dentists are able to see more patients.
Reduced Patient Anxiety
Anxiety surrounding dental processes and procedures can make the dental experience very uncomfortable. This may prevent people from visiting a dentist on a regular basis or receiving the treatments they need. New tools tend to be less invasive, reducing patient anxiety and making dental services more accessible.
Find a Local Dentist
The 123Dentist network of dental professionals includes dental offices across Canada that are using new dental technology in their practices. You can use our simple search tool to find a dentist near you.
CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) scanners are used by some dentists to create advanced 3D dental images of the head and neck. They’re often used in planning dental procedures, such as for dental implants, root canals, and other treatments, because they provide a full and detailed view of all of the areas of the mouth and jaw. Learn more about: CBCT Scanner
The CEREC crown system allows dentists to design and manufacture dental crowns directly in the dental office setting. It uses computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to develop well-fitted dental crowns that can be cemented in place in a single dental appointment. Learn more about: CEREC Crowns
DIAGNOdent technology is used by dentists to detect dental caries (cavities) in the teeth. The tool can help dentists locate and diagnose very small cavities so that preventative treatment can be applied early on, often allowing dentists to save the natural teeth before decay spreads. Learn more about: DIAGNOdent
HealOzone technology creates and uses ozone to destroy bacteria on the teeth, treating dental caries and preventing cavities and tooth decay. The tool is very non-invasive and provides remineralization to strengthen the natural teeth after the procedure. Learn more about: Healozone
Many dental practices use intraoral cameras to look closely inside the mouth. Intraoral cameras allow dentists to capture images of the teeth and mouth for patient records. These tools often aid in patient education, allowing dentists to show patients close-up images of diagnosed issues. Learn more about: Intraoral Camera
iTero scanners are used to create 3D digital versions of traditional dental impressions. The technology is less invasive than traditional methods for treatment planning and creating dental appliances. iTero scanners are often used in dental practices that offer Invisalign aligners. Learn more about: iTero Scanner
Laser dentistry (also known as “no-drill dentistry”) uses highly concentrated beams of light to affect the tissues of the mouth. Dental lasers are used for a wide variety of cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures, including for teeth whitening, preparing for filling cavities, and treating tooth sensitivity. Learn more about: Dental Lasers
The VELscope system is a non-invasive tool that uses natural tissue fluorescence to help dentists diagnose problems or diseases in the soft tissues of the mouth. The VELscope is often used as a tool for oral cancer screenings at dental offices. Learn more about: VELscope Exams