Dentistry is constantly advancing and giving dentists the ability to do things that were considered impossible only a few years ago. To see evidence of that, all you need to do is visit Lovell Dental. Using the latest technology, Dr. Lance Anderson and our team are able to treat a wider variety of issues in less time while keeping our patients more comfortable. Sounds pretty nice, right? Read on below to learn more about everything you’ll enjoy here at our state-of-the-art office.
The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, refers to the small hinges located in front of your ears that allow your jaw to move smoothly. Sometimes, whether due to stress, a misaligned bite, or injury, these joints can become injured and develop something called a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). This can cause a litany of symptoms, including a stiff, sore jaw, migraine headaches, and even unconscious teeth grinding. Luckily, the team here at Lovell Dental are specially trained to handle this delicate problem with non-invasive solutions.
Does going to the dentist make you feel a bit nervous? At Lovell Dental, we’re able to successfully treat anxious patients every day thanks to our warm and friendly demeanor, but for our more fearful patients, we’re happy to provide nitrous oxide sedation. For this, all a patient has to do is inhale the odorless gas through a small nasal mask in order to feel light, happy, and pain-free during their entire appointment. Once everything is completed and the mask is removed, the gas’ effects wear off almost instantly, allowing a patient to quickly go back to their day.
X-rays have been an important part of dentistry for decades, allowing caregivers to see beyond the surfaces of the teeth and gums to spot potentially hidden issues. For years, X-rays were made of film, which means they took a long time to develop, required toxic chemicals to do so, and they also exposed our patients to radiation. This is why our practice has chosen to only use digital X-rays.
Now, we can create a highly-detailed image of your teeth in less time because no development process is necessary, which means we no longer have to use dangerous darkroom chemicals. And, because the images are completely digital, we can easily display them on a chairside monitor for both you and your dentist to see, enabling them to better explain what’s going on with your smile. Plus, they also emit up to 90% less radiation than traditional X-rays, allowing us to take care of your smile and give you peace of mind at the same time.
Sometimes we need a little bit more information than your typical X-ray can give us, so in these situations, we like to use our 3D cone beam scanner. With this device, we’re able to create a fully three-dimensional X-ray image of your teeth, jaw, and other surrounding structures. This allows us to gain a much more global understanding of your dental health, plus it enables us to create accurate and precise treatment plans for more involved procedures, such as dental implant placement and wisdom tooth extractions.