THE STEW Magazine
June 2016 | PAGE 33

Your Smile and Your Relationships

The rapidly changing technology of Dentistry DMD, MAGD, DICOI, DABOI

If you are driving your car on the road where you might be going 100 km per hour, the country around you is zooming by. Yet, the other traffic on that same road that are also going 100km per hour are standing still relative to you. If you are standing still, the world around will continue turning. The only thing that will not change is that this will never change… Dentistry is going through a complete makeover as we speak. As people are living longer, they need and also even demand teeth that are functional, good looking and comfort-able. About a generation and a half ago it was quite common to expect to have no more natural teeth when approaching middle age. In our cur-rent times we will see a significant percentage of people in very advanced age groups who still have a respectable level of dental health. And any of these will have advanced dental procedures done to improve their quality of life as part of their overall philosophies. The reasons people of all ages try to avoid going to the dentist are usually related to fear and financial concerns.

changing dental technology

Over the years Dentistry has developed a lot of strategies that make it possible to get better results within a shorter time frame, to increase levels of comfort during and after treatment, and to significantly reduce complications of dental treatment. Dentistry has fully entered the digital age where we can now better diagnose the disease at an earlier stage and offer conservative, and well-timed solutions. The usage of CT-scanners has become commonplace and allows us to do thorough analyses with no distortion. We now have the capability to take a video of someone’s teeth and turn this into a 3D model. These files can be emailed to a production facility where artificial teeth can be made using milling machines and 3D printing technologies. These milling machines are actually like robots, improving the accuracy of dental restorations to a level that almost surpasses the ability of the human eye to see. We use this same technology to fabricate surgical guides when placing dental implants. It used to take more than an hour or more of trial and error when placing an implant with only mixed results. Now we can be finished.

Dentistry has fully entered the digital age where we can now better diagnose the disease at an earlier stage and offer conservative, and well-timed solutions. The usage of CT-scanners has become common place and allows us to do thorough analyses with no distortion. We now have the capability to take a video of someone’s teeth and turn this into a 3D model… within 15 minutes while enjoying amazing levels of accuracy and safety that were unheard of not that long ago. With the planning of orthodontics, it is no different. In more and more situations the need for traditional metal brackets and wires is replaced by clear plastic retainers that will move teeth in small steps. There is 3D animation available that will visualize the direction the teeth are going to move to so surprises are kept to a minimum. You might say “well that sounds great, but I am still scared!” If you ask your dentist a lot of questions, and if you are well informed why your teeth are in the shape they’re in, and if you understand the pros and cons of the available options, usually the fear will be more manageable. What we fear most in our lives is the unknown. That holds true for everything in life and Dentistry is no exception.

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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

We hope this finds all our patients and friends healthy and well as summer is supposed to be arriving! Fingers crossed that we will see some sunshine in the Cariboo soon!

Our clinic staff have been working hard through this "new normal" of COVID-19 and ensuring that our clinic is exceeding the regulations to create the most safe and comfortable environment for all our patients. In the field of dentistry, we have always been experts in infection control. Now we are establishing a modified workflow to go above and beyond in this endeavor.

We are starting to resume some scheduling of more routine procedures as well as emergency care at this time. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions about our current protocols or would like to schedule care.

Please respect our measures we are taking to ensure physical distancing within our office. This includes completing the COVID-19 prescreening form that is emailed to you before each appointment. We are also continuing to limit our waiting room to one person at a time and having patients complete payments and scheduling in their treatment room before exiting through the side door. This allows us to prevent interaction between patients whenever possible.

You may also find that we are slightly less flexible in our available appointment times for now as we are managing these new measures. We need to consider the amount of patients within our clinic at any time as well as stagger our patient entry and exit times.

Please be patient and kind as we all adjust to this protocol that is in place for the safety of all of us.

Take a few minutes to watch and share our latest instalment of Dr Wassenaar's appearance on the television program "The Wellness Hour". This interview outlines a lot of what we are doing to make sure that our patients have the utmost confidence and comfort in visiting Williams Lake Smiles at all times.

https://youtu.be/16Mdc2RF6Cw

Our first TV interview has enjoyed 860,000 views with world-wide sharing. We would love to hear your feedback.

We look forward to seeing you in our office soon.

Sincerely,

Dr Rudy Wassenaar

Dr Sophia Dahai

And all the Williams Lake Smiles team


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