Technology has enhanced and improved our lives in so many ways, and it is especially true in dentistry.
At Five Parks Dental, we use dental technology to enhance many aspects of your experience with us, including the ability to improve your comfort, streamline dental procedures, and inform and educate you about your oral health.
Dr. Jesse Jenkins and her team at Five Parks Dental are committed to bringing you high-quality dental care and the latest and best that modern dentistry offers. Please take a look at the technology we currently use and don’t hesitate to call us if you have questions or want to schedule an appointment.
Laser dentistry has improved the comfort, efficiency, and recovery times of many dental procedures.
- Treat periodontal disease – This leading-edge technology enables us to painlessly clean and disinfect periodontal pockets at a much higher success rate. You will also experience less bleeding and faster recovery times.
- Treat tooth sensitivity – If you can’t stand another day living with the painful zing of tooth sensitivity, our diode laser can help. Whether from whitening, toothbrush abrasion, or chemical abrasion, we now have the power to control those zingers!
- Treat “gummy” smiles – Would you like to improve the look of your “gummy” smile? We use dental lasers to remove excess gum tissue with the highest degree of accuracy and the least pain. The result is a beautifully proportioned smile.
- Perform frenectomies – Sometimes, the gap between our front teeth is due to an abnormally long muscle attachment that makes it impossible for the front teeth to close the gap. Using dental lasers, we can correct this in children and adults painlessly with no injections and no bleeding.
- Stop cold sores before they start – With laser dentistry, we can painlessly stop cold sores before they start. At the first itchy sign, stop in, and we’ll use the laser to zap the viral particles before they have a chance to show themselves. Better yet, in our experience, we have decreased the frequency of cold sores reappearing and sometimes even stopped them from coming back at all! Our patients can come in any time and have their cold sores or aphthous ulcers treated at no cost.
Dr. Jenkins uses intraoral cameras during your routine examinations because they give you a close-up view of your mouth. Using a built-in light source, the small digital camera shows us live images that we can later save as still images to your patient file.
How We Use An Intraoral Camera
Using an intraoral camera, Dr. Jenkins can give you a tour of your entire mouth or zoom in on one tooth to show you decay, gum disease, broken or cracked teeth, and damaged dental work. She will recommend a treatment plan based on what she sees, and when she’s finished, she can use the intraoral camera to show you the beautiful results. We can easily print out still images, save them digitally in your patient record and email them to insurance companies and specialists as needed.
VELScope Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is being diagnosed at increasingly alarming rates, due in part to the prevalence of HPV or human papillomavirus. It is crucial to us that we protect you by conducting oral cancer screenings at every routine examination.
How We Check for Oral Cancer
Rest assured that screening for oral cancer is painless and non-invasive. Dr. Jenkins inspects the soft tissue areas in your mouth, as well as checking your jaw, neck, and collar bone for growths or sensitivities.
To help her identify abnormalities she can't see with a visual exam, Dr. Jenkins uses VELScope. This device is designed to emit blue light at a particular wavelength that excites natural fluorescent molecules in mouth tissue. Since healthy tissues appear differently under blue light than those affected by disease or trauma, your dentist can use the device to discover a wide range of abnormalities. Typically, we find them long before we can see them with the naked eye during a screening performed under white light.
Early detection is the key to successful treatment for oral cancer, and routine screenings with VELScope allow us to stay one step ahead of the disease.
Are you one of the millions of people who avoid dental visits because of anxiety? We don't want anything to stand between you and a comfortable dental experience, so we offer calming nitrous oxide for our nervous patients. Nitrous oxide is strong enough to calm your nerves, but it won't put you to sleep or leave you with any drowsy after-effects.
How Nitrous Oxide Sedation Works
Nitrous oxide is a gas that we administer through a small nasal mask. Just breathe normally, and you will soon feel a strong sense of relaxation and well-being take over your body. You will be vaguely conscious of what's happening, but the activity will fade into the background.
A member of our team will monitor you throughout your procedure to ensure that you are comfortable and safe.
After Nitrous Oxide Sedation
When we turn off the flow of nitrous after your procedure, we will switch to pure oxygen that you inhale for several minutes while the drowsy effects quickly wear off. By the time you leave our office, you will be able to drive yourself home and continue with your usual activities feeling alert and refreshed.
If it’s been a while since your last root canal, you will be surprised at how much things have changed for the better. Today, we use more potent anesthetics to ensure that you won’t experience any pain, and nitrous oxide allows you to remain calm and relaxed.
But one of the most revolutionary advances in improving the comfort and efficiency of root canal procedures is rotary endodontics. In the past, a dentist would painstakingly remove the infection from the tooth using rigid steel files.
More-Efficient Root Canal Thearpy
Rotary endodontics do away with this time-consuming process. Instead, the technology uses a flexible nickel-titanium tip that does a more efficient and thorough job of removing all traces of infection from your tooth.
The process is much faster, eliminating the uncomfortable vibration and sensations common with the old method. With rotary endodontics, you won’t believe how quickly we can complete your treatment!
Digital X-Rays & Digital Sensors
Many people are hesitant about dental x-rays, and we understand. But they are an invaluable diagnostic tool that helps us determine the safest, most appropriate treatment for your needs.
Benefits of Digital X-Rays
Your safety matters to us, so we use only digital x-rays that emit about 80 percent less radiation than traditional film x-rays. The highly-detailed images that we obtain enable Dr. Jenkins to detect cavities and other problems in their earliest stages. You will also appreciate that we use flat digital sensors to take your x-ray instead of a bulky clip that you have to clutch between your teeth.
Other benefits of digital x-rays are that we can use them as an educational tool to point out a problem area and help you understand why we recommend treatment. And since there are no chemicals involved, digital x-rays are also safer for the environment.
3-D Cone Beam Imaging (CBCT)
When planning dental treatment, we use digital x-rays that give us a highly-detailed image of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Sometimes, however, Dr. Jenkins needs a more detailed image of the structures of your mouth, and she would recommend digital imaging with 3-D cone beam technology.
How a Cone-Beam CT is Used
Cone beam computerized tomography (CBCT or cone beam CT) takes the process one step further. These scans show us anatomical details in your mouth, such as sinuses and root canals, without invasive surgery. Having the ability to visualize nerve pathways, soft tissue, and bone density in a single scan, Dr. Jenkins plans numerous procedures with a high degree of accuracy and precision.
Dr. Jenkins may use 3-D cone beam imaging to plan tooth extractions and root canals. These images are also invaluable when planning dental implant placement. They tell our dentist precisely where and how deep to place the implant for optimal outcomes. When Dr. Jenkins uses CBCT in conjunction with customized surgical guides, she can perform an efficient procedure with no guesswork.
A panoramic x-ray is another piece of diagnostic technology we use that has a specific purpose. Similar to a pano image you take on your phone, these x-rays scan your mouth and show us all your teeth in one seamless image.
Dr. Jenkins might use a panoramic x-ray when planning procedures like implant placement, root canals, or tooth extractions. She also uses these images to evaluate and diagnose TMJ and jaw joint problems.
Panoramic X-Ray Process
With a panoramic x-ray, you stand still in front of the machine as an arm rotates 180 degrees around your head. Because we take these images outside of the mouth, they are also helpful for children and adults who cannot tolerate intraoral (inside the mouth) x-rays.