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