Advanced Technologies

Urban Smiles Victoria delivers the care our patients deserve, in both dental care and customer experience. We are continually investing in technology that will deliver unparalleled results that dentistry has to offer in the most convenient manner possible.

Urban Smiles utilizes the latest technology and techniques that:

  • deliver easy, painless, and convenient dental solutions,
  • prevent and correct oral problems that compromise overall health,
  • restore teeth to brilliant perfection, and
  • provide functional and aesthetic solutions that support career and lifestyle goals.

Carivu Diagnostic Technology

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How can our Colwood Dentists spot tooth decay earlier without pain and without radiation using CariVu Diagnostic Technology?

At our Colwood dental clinic we feel it’s important to invest in technology when it truly benefits our patients, so we’ve added DEXIS CariVu Dental Explorer Technology to our dental practice.

CariVu is a modern diagnostic tool that lets us see into your teeth like never before to find cavities, decay, and cracks. The device uses safe, near-infrared transillumination technology and zero ionizing radiation.

What are the Benefits of CariVu Diagnostic Technology?

Easy and Painless – Flexible arms gently hug your tooth and bathe it in light. This gives the tooth
a translucent appearance that allows us to see into it. A built-in camera captures video and

Early Detection – CariVu has been show to reveal cavities earlier than X-ray and is 99% accurate
in finding decay between teeth. It also reveals cracks.

Zero Radiation – This exam is good for all patients and is especially beneficial for kids, pregnant
women, and others who want are X-ray adverse. Since it uses no ionizing radiation, it can be
used as often as needed.

I’ll Show You What I See – The pictures can be screen-shared with you at a large size. This
visualization can help provide insight into your condition and provide you with a better
understanding of the recommended treatment plan.

Ongoing Record – We keep an image history of your teeth so we can compare images from
visit-to-visit and monitor changes over time.

We look forward to your next visit to Urban Smiles Colwood and providing you with your first CariVu Exam.

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Itero Digital Dental Imaging

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iTero Scanner – Digital Dental Imaging at Urban Smiles Colwood

Digital 3D technology has changed the way many things work, including dentistry.

At Urban Smiles Colwood we are proud to offer iTero digital dental imaging – using a 3D digital scanner that creates a computer-generated model of your teeth.

No more gagging on impression material – the iTero digital scanning method is comfortable, incredibly accurate, and amazing to watch as it offers a simulated view of your teeth.

iTero Digital Images can be used for smile design planning as well as the fabrication of dental nightguards and dental mouthguards.


Digital X-rays

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At Urban Smiles Colwood we are proud to offer Digital X-rays.

Digital X-rays are pictures of the teeth, bones and gums that we use to help find problems early, such as cavities and hidden issues (like impacted wisdom teeth and structural issues with your teeth) that can’t be seen through a standard oral exam.

This digital imaging technology is revolutionary because it allows us to take an x-ray image with an electronic sensor instead of film.

These digital images are imported directly to a computer, allowing us to diagnose problems faster and more accurately than ever before.

Not only are Digital X-rays better for your teeth, but they are better for your entire body – using Digital X-rays allows us to reduce your radiation exposure by up to 90%.

Digital X-Rays are also more environmentally friendly because they do not require the use of film development chemicals.

THE WAND Technology

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Is THE WAND Technology an Alternative to Dental Needles?

Urban Smiles Colwood is proud to offer The WAND Technology – a computer-controlled anesthetic delivery system that helps overcome fear, pain and anxiety.

Anesthesia is an important tool in dentistry. It allows us to perform a wide variety of different procedures in a safe, effective manner while you remain comfortable and do not feel any pain. However, to receive a local anesthetic, it needs to be injected into your mouth.

For patients with a phobia of needles, this can be a frightening prospect. At Urban Smiles Colwood we can help you to get the anesthesia you need for your procedures with a new dental technology called THE WAND.

What is THE WAND Technology?

THE WAND is a state of the art technology used to administer local anesthesia. It is a computer-assisted system that guides us to perform dental injections. THE WAND looks like a small pen with a cord attached to a base. At the very tip of the wand is a needle that is used to deliver your anesthesia. It uses Dynamic Pressure Sensing, or DPS, a patented technology that enables virtually painless anesthesia and ensures that optimal needle positioning is maintained at all times. Flow rates of anesthesia, as well as the pressure, are computer regulated and has three flow rates that are tailored for each type of injection.

How does THE WAND Technology Work?

With THE WAND Technology, anesthesia is administered through the pen like handpiece, rather than a traditional syringe. Before the actual insertion of the needle, the computer that THE WAND is attached to applies a small amount of topical anesthetic. This numbs the injection site so that you do not feel the needle being inserted into the skin.

After inserting the needle, the computer delivers the right amount of anesthesia to ensure your comfort during your procedure. A microprocessor inside of the computer adjusts injection pressure automatically depending upon the density of your tissues so that the anesthesia can be injected consistently, rather than too quickly.

What are the Benefits of THE WAND Technology?

THE WAND Technology provides many benefits. These include:

• Greater comfort. THE WAND Technology applies a topical anesthetic before inserting the needle to reduce injection pain.
• Consistent flow of anesthesia. The speed at which your anesthesia is administered is controlled, preventing it from being injected too quickly.
• Elimination of collateral numbness. Only the areas to be treated are numbed, rather than the treatment area and those areas surrounding it. You can go straight back to work or school without having to deal with a completely numb jaw or face.
• The ability to be used in conjunction with other forms of conscious sedation, such as nitrous oxide.
• Reduced patient anxiety. THE WAND looks less threatening and can help to reduce anxiety or fear about having an anesthetic injected.
• Greater patient satisfaction.

THE WAND Technology also provides us with a few benefits as well:

• The pen-like grasp and lightweight feel make THE WAND easier to handle and rotate. We are even able to more easily reach harder to access areas.
• We can more easily glide the needle into your tissue.
• With a more rapid onset of anesthesia, we can start your procedure more quickly.

THE WAND device itself is designed with patient comfort in mind. It’s made of low-profile materials that bear little resemblance to the large, elongated anesthetic needles of yesteryear. The result is a smoother, simpler, more comfortable experience for everyone involved. With THE WAND Technology, we can provide you with the anesthesia you need in a safe, comfortable manner.