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Digital x-rays can reveal greater detail than traditional x-ray films while using only 1/16 the radiation.
A digital x-ray examination may reveal:
- Small areas of decay between the teeth
- Infections in the bone
- Abscesses or cysts
- Developmental abnormalities
- Hidden tumors, or even a blockage in a carotid artery
The Waterlase® dental laser can be used to do many of the procedures on the teeth, bone, and gums that previously could only be done with the dental drill or scalpel.
Waterlase dental laser uses patented technology that combines YSGG laser energy with water to perform a wide range of dental procedures on the teeth, gums and bone. Often the procedure can be done with little or no anesthesia.
This versatile tool allows us to cut teeth, bone and gum tissue with less trauma to the tissue. High-speed drills can cause cracks in the teeth that can eventually lead to future dental problems. Waterlase reduces the damage to the healthy portion of the tooth and minimizes the trauma. The Waterlase cavity preparations can increase the bond strength of the tooth colored fillings resulting in longer lasting fillings.
The waterlase dental laser does not produce the pain associated with traditional dental drills. Additionally, using the Waterlase for gum procedures reduces bleedings, post-operative pain, swelling and the need for pain medication.
Since there is less need for anesthesia, more sections of mouth can be worked on in a single appointment, reducing return visits. We use our Waterlase for decay removal, cavity preparation, root canals, smile design, gum and bony surgical procedures, and many more. This allows us to do many of the procedures in office instead of referring them to other providers.
Dr. Webster wants to make sure that your visit is as free from discomfort and anxiety as possible.
He can administer nitrous oxide along with local anesthetics during procedures
Nitrous oxide, commonly called laughing gas, can be used on patients of all ages, and few side effects are associated with its use. Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask. Its effects wear off soon after the mask is removed, in 3-5 minutes.