If you are like most people, life is hectic and your to-do list is long. Going to the dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings can be hard to squeeze in.
At Shipp Family Dentistry, we understand this, so we do what we can to ensure your visits with us are quick and convenient. To that end, we have incorporated the latest in dental technology into our practice to make your treatment accurate, comfortable, and safe.
The earlier we detect a problem in your mouth, the less invasive and less expensive it is to treat. High-tech tools such as digital and panoramic x-rays as well as an intraoral camera let us detect problems while they are still small. We also offer nitrous oxide to ensure that those patients who have dental anxiety have a relaxing experience.
Talk to Columbus dentist Dr. Patrick Shipp about how dental diagnostic tools can mean earlier diagnoses and less time in the dental chair!
Digital x-rays are a useful dental technology – not only give us a more detailed picture of your mouth, but also because we can see the images immediately. Unlike traditional x-ray films that had to be developed, digital radiographs can be seen onscreen right away. The digital images are also easy to enhance so we can see issues before they are visible to the naked eye.
Because digital x-rays expose patients to less radiation than traditional x-rays, they are safer as well. They are also easy to email to specialists and insurance companies, so if you are waiting for information on additional treatment or procedure coverage, it’s likely you won’t have to wait long.
With panoramic x-rays, your dentist can view your entire mouth in one image. This offers an entirely different perspective than the digital x-ray.
This type of image means your dentist has a straight-on view of all parts of your mouth—teeth, jaw, nasal and sinus cavities, and temporomandibular joints. This information helps Dr. Shipp to further analyze your oral health.
The intraoral camera provides a view of the tiniest nooks and crannies of your mouth. These small cameras, about the size of a dental mirror, show your dentist fractures and decay that are in their earliest stages. Patients can also see exactly what the dentist sees in real time on the chairside display screen.
Even though modern dental technology has made visiting the dentist more comfortable than ever, we realize that plenty of people still suffer from dental anxiety. Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective way to calm even the most frayed nerves.
Breathed in through a mask, nitrous oxide immediately relaxes patients. You will be conscious for the duration of your treatment but in a mildly euphoric and relaxed state. Once the supply of gas is cut off, it leaves your system immediately, so you are safe to drive yourself home.
Nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, is safe for both adults and children.