Lakeside Dental

Technology

We are committed to bringing you the highest quality dental care possible, so Dr. Knutsen makes it a point to stay current with all the latest advances in dental materials, techniques, and technology. When we invest in a piece of equipment, we are investing in your family's optimal oral health and well-being.

Every technology we use is designed to make your visits as comfortable, stress-free, and productive as possible. Please take a moment to browse through the state-of-the-art technology we offer and learn more about how it benefits you. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our office. 

3-D Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT)

Digital x-rays provide a lot of detail that allows us to pinpoint problems and make accurate diagnoses. However, some procedures require a three-dimensional image that shows surrounding bone, tissues, and nerves.

At Lakeside Dental, we use 3-D cone beam technology (CBCT). This state-of-the-art technology measures the quantity and quality of bone as well as the relationship between teeth, bones, nerves, airways, and tissues. This level of detail allows Dr. Knutsen to precisely plan implant placement to develop a highly accurate treatment plan.

CEREC Same-Visit Crowns

Traditional crowns fabricated at a dental lab require multiple visits to complete. But at Lakeside Dental, we are pleased to offer you the convenience of beautiful CEREC same-visit crowns and restorations right here at our Brown Deer dental office.

CEREC crowns do away with multiple appointments and injections, messy impressions, temporaries that may or may not fit comfortably, and a two- to three-week wait. Now you can have the process completed in one visit and leave our office with a beautiful crown created from pure porcelain. You’ll smile confidently knowing that your new crown is stain-resistant, durable, and blends beautifully with your smile. 

Digital Impressions

Until recently, our only option for taking impressions involved a large tray filled with messy impression material. This was not only uncomfortable for the patient, but the results weren’t always accurate and a second impression was often required.

Today we use a state-of-the-art digital scanner that eliminates this time-consuming process and provides a precise representation of your teeth. As Dr. Knutsen scans your teeth, you will be able to view the images with us as they appear on the monitor. 

Our digital scanner allows us to produce a highly detailed and accurate model of your teeth, which we then use to plan treatment for dental restorations like crowns, bridges, inlays, and onlays.

 

Digital X-Rays and Sensors

Traditional film x-rays have always been a great diagnostic tool, but now technology has brought dental x-rays into the 21st century! Today, digital x-rays produce high-resolution images of your teeth to easily detect problems that we wouldn’t be able to see during a visual exam. Since many dental issues develop under the gums or deep inside teeth, we can use digital x-rays to find these problems when they are still small and easy to treat.

If you are familiar with the process of taking film x-rays, you will be pleasantly surprised at how comfortable digital x-rays are. Instead of film, we use digital sensors with rounded corners that fit comfortably in your mouth and make the process fast and easy.

We can project the resulting image onto a chairside monitor that lets you see exactly what we see. When you can visualize a condition, you can better understand the need for treatment and how it will benefit your long-term oral health.

One important reason we choose digital x-rays is that they produce about 95% less radiation than films. We can also refer to the images quickly and send them electronically to your insurance provider or specialists when necessary.

Laser Dentistry

We can reduce the need for cut-and-stitch periodontal surgery by using laser technology to perform the procedure. This means no cutting, no stitches, minimal post-procedure bleeding, and faster recovery times.

Dental lasers also have many other uses like gum contouring or crown lengthening for esthetics. We also use lasers to remove tooth decay and prepare surrounding enamel for a filling. Dislike injections? Dental lasers make the process so easy and comfortable that in most cases no anesthesia is required.

If you have the herpes simplex virus, you probably dread dealing with a cold sore outbreak. You will be pleased to know that the heat from our lasers destroys the virus, so you may not have to worry about a recurrence in the same area. 

Many patients experience anxiety over the vibration and pressure of dental drilling. At Lakeside Dental, dental lasers get the job done comfortably and efficiently. 

Nitrous Oxide

At Lakeside Dental, we go out of our way to ensure that every aspect of your care is as comfortable as possible. Even so, there are many of our patients who need a little extra help to relax.

We offer safe, gentle nitrous oxide sedation that calms you and allows you to get the critical care you need without stress or discomfort. Nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless gas that you inhale through a small nasal mask. All you have to do is breathe normally, and in a few moments, you will start to feel calm, drowsy, and detached from the activity around you.

Nitrous oxide is excellent for those with a busy lifestyle because its effects last only for the duration of your treatment. As soon as we stop administering the gas, you will quickly feel refreshed and ready to go on with your day without any lingering side effects.

Electric Handpieces

Our goal is to make your treatments as comfortable and efficient as possible so you don’t have to spend any more time than necessary in the dental chair. Many patients who are anxious about dental visits tell us that they especially dislike the sound of the equipment. At Lakeside Dental, we use electric handpieces because they are quieter and produce less vibration.

Electric handpieces also provide a level of precision that isn't possible with traditional air-driven dental tools. Using this updated technology, our doctors and hygienists can efficiently remove decay and plaque, cutting down on the time it takes to complete your dental procedure or cleaning appointment.

 

Digital Records

We want to make your visits as easy as possible, so we use digital records that allow us to store your information securely on our in-house system. Digital records of your history and charts provide immediate access to your patient file so we can quickly call up information as needed during your exams and treatment. Since your file is stored electronically, we can quickly submit information to specialists or your insurance company as required.