Learn More About Our Technology Techniques at State Street Smiles
Technology has become an integral part of our daily lives, continuously improving our quality of life. Dentistry is no exception — in fact, it’s an essential part of modern dentistry.
At State Street Smiles, we keep our office equipped with the latest technology for your benefit, which includes laser dentistry using the esteemed Solea Laser. Laser dentistry is an innovative, minimally invasive type of dental care that can treat many dental issues with no pain, no needles, and limited recovery time since no numbing is needed.
What is the Solea Laser?
The Solea Laser is the first CO2 dental laser cleared by the FDA for both hard and soft tissue procedures. Developed in Boston using research from the University of California School of Dentistry, the Solea produces a unique wavelength guided by sophisticated computers to deliver virtually painless dental procedures. This has truly changed the world of dentistry by creating an easy, pain-free dental experience for children and adults alike.
What are the Benefits of Laser Dentistry?
Staying up-to-date on your dental appointments is vital. But for those who are short on time, have sensitive mouths, or fear the dentist, that isn’t always easy. Laser dentistry can make the entire experience easier.
Here are a few benefits of laser dentistry:
- Less pain during dental work.
- Faster healing time.
- Less bleeding.
- No drills or needles.
- Anesthesia (Novocaine) may not be necessary.
- No frozen face.
- Better overall work since lasers are extremely precise.
- A reduction in the risk of virus and bacteria transmission by limiting the number of aerosols and splatter that are created during a procedure, keeping both patients and staff healther.
Our Laser Dentistry Services
- Cavity treatment
- Gum surgery
- Tongue and lip tie correction
- Tooth preparation for fillings and crowns
- Bacterial removal
- Gum reshaping
- Treating tooth sensitivity
Laser Tongue and Lip Tie Correction
Laser tongue and lip tie correction, also known as a frenectomy, is frequently done for tongue-tied babies who are having difficulty feeding. The procedure can also be performed on teens and adults who have gum recession or large gaps between the teeth. Using Solea technology, we can perform this procedure with ease with virtually no pain for our youngest patients.
The benefits of a frenectomy can positively affect your child’s health in several ways. Laser tongue and lip tie corrections increase the odds of successful breastfeeding and prevent possible dental problems down the road. In teens and adults, the procedure can improve self-confidence, help reduce pain and discomfort from gum recession, and can improve both bite function and speech function.
How Can I Find Out More About Laser Dentistry?
We would love to discuss the Solea Laser and our laser dentistry services with you here at State Street Smiles. Just call our Hackensack office at 201-487-7030 to make an appointment today.
Dental Appointments Are Better With:
Digital x-rays make taking images of your teeth easier, quicker, and safer. Digital scans transmit less radiation than film x-rays, so you won’t have to worry. The digital image is also much clearer and we can zoom in on any areas to identify potential issues.
With these enhanced x-rays, we can get an accurate picture of the condition of your oral health. This helps us identify issues before you even begin to notice them, so we can provide less invasive treatment options.
An intraoral camera is a small pen-shaped camera that we can use to visually examine your mouth in extreme detail. We’re able to see small areas of disease, cracks, chips, and worn fillings that we wouldn’t be able to see otherwise.
The images we take using this camera will be visible on a screen, so you’ll also be able to see them if you wish. That way, you can gain a better understanding of your oral health and any procedures we may suggest.
Every room in our office features a computer where we can easily access your information and log it. Our office has gone completely paperless for ease of access and for the accuracy of your records.
Digital charting methods are consistent and enable us to keep track of your dental records efficiently so you can get the care you need. Information is less likely to get mixed up or lost when it’s stored in digital systems, so we can ensure you’re being treated properly.
In addition to our other diagnostic tools, we also have a small machine called a DIAGNOdent. The DIAGNOdent features a portable laser that enables us to detect cavities more efficiently, especially on the chewing areas of the back teeth.
These hard-to-reach areas can develop cavities that may go unnoticed for longer due to their position. DIAGNOdent can easily change that — it’s easy to use and alerts us with an audible signal when it detects a cavity.
Rather than sending your dental claim through snail mail, we can conveniently contact your insurer and send the claim digitally. This hastens the process, yet allows us to submit a claim with fewer errors.
Claims through our software are more consistent and easier to create, so we can make sure you’re getting all the benefits you deserve.
We don’t want you to miss your appointment — that’s why we’ve automated appointment reminders. We’ll send you a quick reminder that your appointment is coming up. If you can’t make your appointment, please let us know ahead of time.
If you like a distraction while you’re in the chair, we have TVs conveniently located in every exam room. Just let us know what channel you’d like to watch and you can enjoy your favorite show while you’re at our office.
See How Much Better Dentistry Can Be
Dental visits have become quicker and more comfortable with the help of advanced technology. That’s why we make sure to keep up with the latest advances. We’re here to help improve your experience with dentistry.
To learn more about us, contact our office by dialing (201) 487-7030 or by filling out our online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. In fact, laser dentistry is much less painful than traditional tools such as drills. Most patients greatly prefer the laser over other dental tools because it’s more comfortable, less noisy, and recovery time after a procedure is quicker.
Many patients can go through their appointment without the need for local anesthetic, so you won’t have to feel numb afterward. To top it off, the light from the laser stimulates cells in your body to heal faster so you won’t be in as much pain after your procedure.
Yes, dental lasers are safe. They’re more accurate, less painful, and help you to heal quicker after your procedure. The light from the laser stimulates the cells in the area, so they’ll grow and close any wounds faster. This means you won’t be uncomfortable after your procedure for long.
There are two main types of dental x-rays:
- Intraoral – This is the most common type of dental x-ray, taken inside the mouth. This x-ray shows the health of your teeth and their roots so your dentist can monitor your status.
- Extraoral – Extraoral x-rays do also show your teeth, but they’re taken more for the jaw and skull. They don’t provide as much intricate detail as intraoral x-rays, but they show the larger context of your teeth in your head.
We generally take x-rays once a year for most patients. This helps us to keep an eye on your teeth and makes sure there aren’t any cavities or oral issues that are escaping our notice. Sometimes, these issues aren’t visible to the human eye and don’t hurt, but they can be seen on an x-ray.
We may take x-rays more often if you have a condition that necessitates it. We’ll let you know if you fall into this category.
No, dental x-rays aren’t harmful. While they do emit a small amount of radiation, this is so small that it won’t cause any side effects. Our new digital x-rays are even safer, so you won’t have to worry.
We do limit the number of x-rays we take for your safety. We usually take x-rays once a year to monitor your oral health, unless you have a condition that we need to keep a closer eye on.