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The dental field is constantly in a state of evolution. No one knows this better than Dr. Shevchenko, who is very passionate about regularly advancing and expanding her skills through continuing education. As part of this commitment, she has outfitted her dental office with several state-of-the-art technologies that help make the care process even more successful for patients and families. To learn more about these tools and their benefits, keep reading below. You can also contact our Hampton, NH dental office today to schedule a visit!
Intraoral cameras have made it easier for education-minded dentists like Dr. Shevchenko to shed some much-needed light on patients’ smiles for their own benefit! Our Digidoc technology will capture a series of high-resolution images of the oral structures as we navigate it through the mouth, transferring them to a monitor in the treatment operatory. Later, as Dr. Shevchenko discusses her findings with you, she can refer to these images for improved clarity and understanding. We want you to feel fully confident about our proposed treatment plans and what comes next.
In the past, X-rays were developed slowly on film in a darkroom and then stored in oversized filing cabinets. Thankfully, digital radiography has helped transform this essential diagnostic process for the better. At Smiles by the Sea Family Dentistry, patients will discover that X-rays only take mere seconds to capture and are immediately viewable afterward – no hours of tedious waiting required. Better yet, any radiation exposure is dramatically reduced by up to 80% when compared to the old technology, which means they’re safer for children and adults alike.
While digital radiography can provide an enormously valuable look under the surface of any smile, their scope is a little limited in some cases. That’s where the revolutionary Dentsply Sirona Cone Beam comes in! This technology creates comprehensive, three-dimensional X-rays that map out every oral structure with precise detail, down to the locations of specific facial nerves. With the support of such a thorough diagnostic guide, Dr. Shevchenko is able to plan out even the most advanced procedures with full confidence.
When planning for a new dental restoration, a custom oral appliance, or orthodontic care, many patients remember having to sit very still as the dentist pressed a tray of uncomfortable impression material over their teeth. Thankfully, this gag-worthy experience can be left safely in the past at Smiles by the Sea Family Dentistry. Our team uses Omnicam technology to create fully digital impressions that only require a few careful scans of the patient’s mouth. It’s much more comfortable for you and more accurate as well, minimizing the risk of time-consuming retakes.
Here in Hampton, the NV Microlaser is Dr. Shevchenko’s technology of choice when it comes to treating the soft oral tissue. This modern tool’s concentrated beam can treat gum structure that’s been negatively impacted by periodontal disease. Unlike traditional scalpels, its use is very comfortable and conservative; plus, patients will find that common postoperative symptoms, like oral bleeding, are minimized to almost nothing at all. There are no sutures to worry about either!
The development of tooth decay is a gradual process that should be identified as soon as possible, and DIAGNOdent goes a long way towards helping our patients at Smiles by the Sea Family Dentistry stay cavity-free! This modern technology uses laser fluorescence to scan the tooth structure, comparing healthy enamel to weakened spots that may not even be visible to the naked eye just yet. As a result, our team can treat any troublesome areas with minimally invasive care and prevent the need for more extensive procedures later down the road.
Do you or your child need a little help to stay relaxed at the dentist? We completely understand, and with nitrous oxide sedation, we can make any lingering dental nerves seemingly melt away. A patient simply breathes in the odorless gas through a small nasal mask, and within minutes, a deep sense of warmth and wellbeing will come over them. The mask stays on for the entire appointment, and once it’s removed, a patient won’t feel any lingering effects.
Sleep apnea is a disorder that affects over 20 million Americans every night, robbing them and their loved ones of their much-needed rest, as loud snoring is a common symptom too. If you can never seem to get enough sleep, Dr. Shevchenko can provide you with a specially-made oral appliance that’s proven to alleviate both sleep apnea symptoms and chronic snoring. It works by slightly adjusting the lower jaw to keep the airway open while someone sleeps, ensuring everyone enjoys a restful (and quiet) night.
Do you have a stiff jaw? Chronic headaches? Frequent earaches? These are all signs of an inflamed or misaligned TMJ or the temporomandibular joints. This is the joint that enables your lower jaw to move, and problems here can cause all sorts of painful symptoms throughout the head, face, and neck. Fortunately, Dr. Shevchenko has the training to not only diagnose these kinds of issues but treat them as well. By realigning the bite and/or using a therapeutic mouthpiece, she can improve the function of the jaw and get rid of chronic pain at the same time.