"Our family loves how high-tech the office is. Dr. Melissa keeps up with the latest trends in dentistry to give us the best service."
Whether you need a new filling, need to replace an old filling, would like to enhance your appearance or require more extensive treatment, our modern dental technology ensures your smile will be restored to comfortable function and beautiful esthetics. Ask Dr. Melissa about the many investments our office has made to ensure your visit is more comfortable!
We are constantly striving to provide our patients with the finest dental care available. Our investment in advanced technology means a long-term investment in your future good health. State-of-the-art technology invites informed decision making, and enables patients to make wise choices concerning their oral health. Dr. Melissa Jarrell offers the latest dental technology for your benefit.
Laser DentistryLaser dentistry has been used for many years to treat several different dental conditions. At our office, Dr. Melissa uses two different dental lasers to treat your individual needs. Some of the procedures performed with a laser include:
- Treatment of cavities
- Desensitization of teeth
- Flapless bony crown lengthening
- Pain relief of ulcerations
- Remove excess gum tissue
- Remove gum lesions for biopsy
- Remove frenums
Digital RadiographsX-rays assist in the detection of cavities between the teeth that may not be visible in the mouth. Cavities that are just beginning can also be detected earlier on an X-ray so your treatment becomes less invasive and less costly.
At Family and Cosmetic Dentistry of Kokomo, we use digital radiography, a computerized process. Until recently, having dental X-rays taken was an uncomfortable, cumbersome procedure, and it would take up to 10 minutes to develop the film. Now, all we do is place a sensor next to your tooth, and within seconds your X-ray is displayed clearly on a computer screen. Because of the brief exposure time, the amount of radiation is reduced by up to 90%. This digital process is highly efficient; too, because once the X-ray image is on our screen, we can enhance it for a more accurate diagnosis, save it for instant retrieval, and send it to insurance companies or dental specialists.
KOVANAZE: Needle-Free Alternative
KOVANAZE provides regional, pulpal anesthesia with 96% efficacy in teeth 5-12, therefore KOVANAZE offers a needle-free alternative to the majority of anterior maxillary injections. What this means for our patients is "NO SHOTS when we treat the upper front teeth anymore!" Please ask us TODAY if this would be a good option for you!
Additionally, patients may not experience the same sensations of numbness or tingling of the lips and cheeks associated with inject-able dental anesthetics.
KOVANAZE is the 1st , no-needle regional, pulpal anesthetic administered via nasal spray approved by the U.S FDA on June 29, 2016, and it offers patients a safe and effective needle-free alternative to anesthetize teeth 5-12 for restorative dental procedures.
What is KOVANAZE? It is a mixture of 3% tetracaine HCL(ester anesthetic) and 0.05% oxymetazoline HCL (vasoconstrictor) nasal spray that is injected in the nose to locally numb the teeth on that side of the nose.
Can KOVANAZE be used on kids? Yes, but the kids must weigh over 90 pounds.
Does KOVANAZE hurt? No, you will feel a cold mist when it is injected into your nostril.
How long does KOVANAZE work? Kovanaze takes about 10 minutes to fully numb your teeth and lasts about 30 minutes.
How much does KOVANAZE cost? At our office we charge $50.00 for two "sprays" of Kovanaze.
What are the side effects of using KOVANAZE? Runny nose. nasal congestion, mild nose bleeds, dizziness, difficulty swallowing that should resolve within first day. Also, transient elevation is blood pressure may occur. Patients need to inform us if they are taking MAO I's, non-selective beta adrenergic antagonists, or tricyclic antidepressants. Patients should avoid oxymetazoline containing products (such as Afrin) within 48 hours of their scheduled dental appointment.
The Comfort Control Syringe
ComfortKeeping you comfortable during your treatment is one of our top priorities. That's why we've invested in an anesthetic delivery system called the Comfort Control Syringe. This precision delivery technology allows us to provide you with a continuous, steady level of comfort, and its disposable cartridge sheaths mean a safe, sterile procedure.
ControlEven the most carefully trained professional would find it tough to administer medication as accurately as the Comfort Control Syringe's pre-programmed system. That's why we like its special delivery: we simply determine ahead of time the particular amount of anesthetic you'll require, and let the system control the rate of delivery. This gives us the freedom to concentrate on carrying out your procedure, while still monitoring the rate and timing of each injection through a digital readout.
Dr. Jarrell uses Profound Pre-Numbing Gel before all injections. This is a topical anesthetic gel that "pre numbs" the tissue before a dental injection is given. We do all we can to make the numbing process as comfortable as possible.
Computerized Smile ImagingUsing photographs of your own teeth, we can create a high tech "morph" of what your smile could look like with proposed treatment.
This is an example of how we can replace a missing tooth with a dental implant. Implants are a wonderful alternative to bridges and dentures because they feel and look very natural without harming the adjacent teeth. Dental implants preserve bone after extractions and prevent shifting of the teeth. Implants are a nice way to replace missing teeth and generally last a lifetime. Dr. Jarrell is proud to provide this service here in our office.
We want you to be well informed about all aspects of your dental health, so we've invested in an intra-oral video camera. It's just about the size of a pen, and it allows you to see broken fillings, gum problems, and small cracks in teeth-just as we see them. This special camera lets us zoom in on one tooth magnified to 25 times actual size or we can give you a "tour" of the inside of your mouth.
The intra-oral camera can reveal a problem while it is still relatively simple to treat. The full-color images you can view on the computer screen give you the knowledge you need to make informed decisions regarding your dental health.