2014-08-22 / Business

Great East Dental provides best in care, latest in technology


Dr. Jay Knudsen Dr. Jay Knudsen The staff at Great East Dental can change your life.

Dr. Jay Knudsen and his highly trained staff provide exceptional oral health care and provide a variety of services that include dentures, root canal therapy, extractions, teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, oral conscious sedation dentistry, laser dentistry and dental implants.

Implants are a surgically placed tooth and the procedure can be entirely done inof ce at Great East Dental in Springvale.

Dr. Knudsen said dental implants used to be expensive, but they have become more mainstream, which has made the procedure more affordable.

“When patients have this done, 9 out of 10 of them don’t need pain medication,” he added.

In addition, Dr. Knudsen can implant two teeth around the lower dentures to lock them down. He said anyone who has lower dentures knows how difcult it is to get them to stay in place.

Dr. Knudsen works with three different lasers right in the ofce. One detects cavities while another xes them, eliminating the familiar sounds of a drill that many patients dislike. Novocain isn’t even needed in some cases because of how gentle the laser can be. The third laser treats periodontal disease without surgery.

Dr. Knudsen said it’s the most advanced non-surgical technique in treating the disease.

“We push the limits of technology,” he said.

He went on to describe the technique: A laser is used to remove infected tissue. Energy from the laser vaporizes the tissue and toxins from harmful bacteria, which provides healthy, more efcient healing by achieving new attachment of gingival bers.

Post operative pain is very little and recoup time is signicantly decreased. He said the surgery is broken up into quadrants and each one takes about an hour each visit.

“Patients love it because it’s non-invasive and less painful. Traditionally, we’d have to go in with a scalpel and cut off parts of the gums. Bottom line is, we get results,” he said.

“Loose teeth rm and tighten and teeth that may have been lost are saved,” he added.

More importantly, if left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s.

“Periodontal disease has been linked to the onset of these diseases,” he said.

Dr. Knudsen prides himself on doing every procedure in ofce.

Patients must often seek a specialist to treat an ailment such as periodontal disease and then go back and forth from that ofce to their regular dentist.

“I want to be in charge of everything from the beginning to the end – it gives our patients peace of mind,” he said, adding that he and his staff often participate in continuing education courses to offer the most up-to-date procedures.

Just last week he took a course in advanced CPR, called ACLS, which emergency room doctors and paramedics are typically trained.

“Not many dentists do that,” Dr. Knudsen said.

Dr. Knudsen takes special care of children who visit his ofce.

He was recognized as outstanding in the eld of pediatric dentistry and also has two children of his own.

“I treat my young patients as if they were my own family. I do everything to ensure they experience no trauma,” he said.

Dr. Knudsen and his staff work with the best materials in the eld.

“We pride ourselves in doing a job once and stand behind our work,” he said.

He and his staff educate their clients about the pros and cons of every procedure and let them decide what’s best.

In addition, staff use digital X-rays, which signicantly reduce radiation.

Technology is not only important in the dental chair at Great East Dental – clients can schedule an appointment through text message or e-mail.

Dr. Knudsen’s staff of seven includes three hygienists, all of which he describes as family.

“We have fun here. I look forward to coming to work. Isn’t that the way it should be?” he asked.

Dr. Knudsen gives back to the community by participating in Maine’s Donated Dental Services, a project of the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped. He said the program serves the handicapped and elderly who qualify for the program and he’s always working with one such patient at any given time.

Great East Dental welcomes new patients. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Dr. Knudsen is on call seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Great East Dental Associates is located at Village Green in Spingvale, near the Department of Motor Vehicles. For more information, call 324-6182 or visit www.mainesmiles.com.

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