Shawn D Jensen DDS PA Offers State of The Art Dental Technology

X-Rays

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In our office we use digital x-ray technology. We use a small electronic sensor that is placed inside the mouth to capture all the appropriate imaging. The images then instantly appear on the computer screen. Digital x-rays became available about 20 years ago and have many advantages beyond traditional x-ray films which are chemically processed. Digital imaging also reduces the amount of radiation exposure to the patient by as much as 90% making it the lowest dose of radiation. 

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Digital imaging requires no chemical processing or waiting time unlike the traditional film x-rays that do. This makes it easy for us to immediately show our patients the images on the computer for easy viewing. With digital imaging we are also able gather more information from the x-ray because the images will appear clearer and more enhanced. This allows us to better diagnose any dental needs our patients may have. 


With digital imaging, the x-rays not only provide better visual aide for our patients to better understand their diagnosis and treatment options, but they also allow us to be able to easily store them in our patients private file where they will be far less likely to be misplaced. 

Laser Dentistry

Painless Dentistry

Heat, vibration and pressure are the primary causes of pain associated with the use of the traditional dental drill. Since cutting both hard and soft tissues (teeth and gums) with the laser does not generate heat, vibration or pressure, many dental procedures can be performed with fewer shots, less need for anesthesia, less use of the drill and fewer numb lips! Additionally, using the laser for gum procedures reduces bleeding, post-operative pain, swelling and the need for pain medication in many cases.

Using the laser, Dr. Jensen, is able to remove tooth enamel decay (the hardest substance in the body), bone and gum tissue precisely while leaving surrounding areas unaffected. This conserves and allows you to keep more healthy tooth structure. Also using the laser for cavity preperations can increase the bond strength of tooth-colored restoration resulting in longer lasting fillings.

Since you often do not need shots or anesthesia, Dr. Jensen, can perform cavitity preperations in all areas of the mouth in one vist. Therefore, reducing the amounts of dental visits.

Cerec Technology

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CEREC- A crown in one day

Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic (CEREC) has revolutionized dental procedures. Traditionally, if crowns, onlays, inlays or dental veneers were required to restore damaged teeth, multiple procedures and a great deal of waiting time in-between would be inevitable. CEREC creates these ceramic restorations within minutes in the dental office. This means that many treatments can be completed in just a single visit.

How does a CEREC crown benefit you?


CEREC can benefit almost anyone needing a ceramic restoration. Exceptions include patients who have a prior history of breaking ceramic devices and those with a deep bite.

Additional advantages associated with CEREC include:

  • No temporary restorations.

  • No impressions necessary.

  • High-quality ceramic products/ metal free.

  • Minimal invasiveness

  • Less injections and discomfort.

  • Fewer dental visits.

  • Cost effectiveness.

  • More natural tooth is saved.

  • Long lasting restorations.

  • Biocompatible solutions.

-The first step in the procedure is preparing the tooth for the restoration. Depending on your particular case, the dentist will take photos of your affected teeth using the CEREC Bluecam. With the Bluecam, the dentist will take several images of the tooth, sending a three-dimensional, colored model to the CEREC milling machine.The dentist will insert a block of ceramic, matching your tooth color, into the milling machine which will then create the full crown, onlay, inlay, or veneer. Before affixing the restoration to the tooth, the dentist will perform a dry fit to ensure comfort. Once a perfect fit is established, the restoration will be polished and affixed to the tooth with dental cement.

-These images are transposed onto the computer screen, where the dentist will view the tooth from every angle and design the final restoration. When the design is complete, it will be transmitted to the milling unit.

What does a CEREC restoration procedure involve?
The first step in the procedure is preparing the tooth for the restoration. Depending on your particular case, the dentist will take photos of your affected teeth using the CEREC Bluecam. With the Bluecam, the dentist will take several images of the tooth, sending a three-dimensional, colored model to the CEREC milling machine.

These images are transposed onto the computer screen, where the dentist will view the tooth from every angle and design the final restoration. When the design is complete, it will be transmitted to the milling unit.

The dentist will insert a block of ceramic, matching your tooth color, into the milling machine which will then create the full crown, onlay, inlay, or veneer. Before affixing the restoration to the tooth, the dentist will perform a dry fit to ensure comfort. Once a perfect fit is established, the restoration will be polished and affixed to the tooth with dental cement.

3D Conebeam Imaging

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Dental 3D cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. Your doctor may use this technology to produce three dimensional (3-D) images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan. Images obtained with cone beam CT allow for more precise treatment planning. 

Cone beam CT is not the same as conventional CT. However, dental cone beam CT can be used to produce images that are similar to those produced by conventional CT imaging.

With cone beam CT, an x-ray beam in the shape of a cone is moved around the patient to produce a large number of images, also called views. CT scans and cone beam CT both produce high-quality images.

Dental cone beam CT was developed as a means of producing similar types of images but with a much smaller and less expensive machine that could be placed in an outpatient office.

Cone beam CT provides detailed images of the bone and is performed to evaluate diseases of the jaw, dentition, bony structures of the face, nasal cavity and sinuses. It does not provide the full diagnostic information available with conventional CT, particularly in evaluation of soft tissue structures such as muscles, lymph nodes, glands and nerves. However, cone beam CT has the advantage of lower radiation exposure compared to conventional CT.

Dental cone beam CT is commonly used for treatment planning of orthodontic issues. It is also useful for more complex cases that involve:

  • surgical planning for impacted teeth.

  • diagnosing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

  • accurate placement of dental implants.

  • evaluation of the jaw, sinuses, nerve canals and nasal cavity.

  • detecting, measuring and treating jaw tumors.

  • determining bone structure and tooth orientation.

  • locating the origin of pain or pathology.

  • cephalometric analysis.

  • reconstructive surgery.

Your dentist, oral surgeon or radiologist will analyze the images. They may discuss the results with you directly or communicate the results to your referring physician or dentist.

Benefits of the 3D Cone beam CT scan:

  • The focused x-ray beam reduces scatter radiation, resulting in better image quality.

  • A single scan produces a wide variety of views and angles that can be manipulated to provide a more complete evaluation.

  • Cone beam CT scans provide more information that conventional dental x-ray, allowing for more precise treatment planning.

  • CT scanning is painless, noninvasive and accurate.

  • A major advantage of CT is its ability to image bone and soft tissue at the same time.

  • No radiation remains in a patient's body after a CT examination.

  • X-rays used in CT scans should have no immediate side effects.