There is no doubt that the technological tools available today greatly increase the ability to make an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for our patients in a non-invasive manner. Although the success of treatment depends primarily on sound diagnosis and treatment planning principles, it can be complemented with the use of today’s advanced technology. Furthermore, the use of new and amazing technology not only expedites treatment, but also improves the predictability of the treatment itself.


Digital radiography (digital x-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays. This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems easier. Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.

Dental x-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.

Dental x-rays may reveal:

  • Abscesses or cysts.
  • Bone loss.
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumours.
  • Decay between the teeth.
  • Developmental abnormalities.
  • Poor tooth and root positions.
  • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.

Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!

Are dental x-rays safe?

We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. Digital x-rays produce a significantly lower level of radiation compared to traditional dental x-rays. Not only are digital x-rays better for the health and safety of the patient, they are faster and more comfortable to take, which reduces your time in the dental office. Also, since the digital image is captured electronically, there is no need to develop the x-rays, thus eliminating the disposal of harmful waste and chemicals into the environment.

Even though digital x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered very safe, dentists still take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation. These precautions include only taking those x-rays that are necessary, and using lead apron shields to protect the body.

How often should dental x-rays be taken?

The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Dr. Stewart, Dr. Phelps or Dr. Baharloo and a dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based upon the review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of disease.


 Logicon is state-of-the-art tooth decay detecting software. This software is a unique and clinically proven  tool that helps us detect and treat cavities between the teeth at an early stage, enabling minimally invasive treatments.

How it works?

Logicon analyzes shades of gray (many more than the human eye can resolve),extracts caries related image features and correlates them with a database of known cavity problems. In doing so, the software automatically highlights possible abnormalities on digital dental radiographs that otherwise might be missed, signaling our  dentists  to take a closer look at the tooth and surface involved.

With one click Logicon scans all the proximal surfaces in a radiograph and highlights the decay sites on all of the teeth in one picture for quick review. Detailed information about the change in tooth density and lesion probability are saved for each surface and can be retrieved in graphical format

A clinical study showed that Logicon enabled dentists to find 20% more cases of cavities in the dentin in permanent teeth than they were able to find visually without this software.


An oral health examination is conducted during every patient’s hygiene check-up to screen for various diseases including oral cancer.

There is now an improved oral screening procedure that allows our dentists and hygienist to more accurately identify tissue changes at and below the surface.  The VELscope Vx helps us to identify oral disease early while it is still easy to treat. The assessment and screening results are immediate.

The VELscope Vx is a handheld tool that emits a safe blue light into the mouth. The blue light causes the layers of tissue in the mouth to change color and these color changes provide the dentist with an effective means of differentiating between normal and abnormal tissue. This process is particularly sensitive to the signs of disease, and as with any other cancers; early detection and treatment offer the best opportunity for satisfactory results.

The VELscope Vx procedure is safe, painless, non-invasive, and uses no rinses or stains. The VELscope Vx System is cleared by Health Canada for use:

  • To help discover cancerous and precancerous tissue that might not be apparent to the naked eye, and:
  • To help surgeons ensure that all targeted diseased tissue is removed if surgery is indicated.


Although the odds are that you are free of cancerous or precancerous lesions, the screening is a smart precaution – just as mammogram and prostrate exams are used for early detection and preventative care.

Seawall Dental strongly encourages every patient to consider including a VELscope  Vx exam annually. There is a $15.00 fee for the VELscope Vx examination. For more information, please see www.velscope.com.


In recent years, laser dentistry has superseded many traditional dentistry practices, making treatments more precise and less painful. This newer style of dentistry utilizes intense beams of light projected by a dental laser. Dental lasers can be used to perform a wide variety of treatments, including soft tissue shaping and removal.

Here are some of the other benefits associated with laser dentistry:

  • Faster healing and tissue regeneration.
  • Preservation of more of the natural tooth.
  • Reduced bleeding during and after treatment.
  • Reduced need for anesthesia.
  • Reduced need for stitches and sutures.
  • Reduced risk of bacterial infections after procedures.

How can laser dentistry help me?

Laser dentistry is incredibly versatile and plays an important role in a growing number of common dental procedures. Though laser dentistry is most notably associated with cosmetic treatments, it is equally effective for preventative purposes.

Here are some of the ways that dental lasers can be used:

  • Reshaping soft tissue – Dental lasers can dissolve soft tissue to expose more of the natural tooth (crown lengthening), reshape soft tissue to make “gummy smiles” more attractive, and remove uncomfortable soft tissue folds caused by denture wear.
  • Laser Hygiene Therapy – The laser gently penetrates the gums to disrupts any bacterial activity that may be causing inflammation. By engaging the body’s innate healing process, some patients even find the tissue reattaches to the tooth! Best of all, with less inflammation, the laser hygiene therapy can reduce up to 99% of bleeding.

How are laser procedures performed?

Different types of dental laser have been created to treat different conditions. Each laser uses a different wavelength of light, which predicates its best use. The most common types of dental lasers are diode lasers, which are usually employed to treat soft tissue problems.

Our dentists and hygienists will decide which type of laser is best suited to your individual needs after conducting X-rays and a thorough examination.

If you have questions or concerns about laser dentistry, please ask our dentist or hygienists.