An Advanced Approach To Dentistry
Technology has become an integral part of our daily lives, continuously improving our quality of life. Dentistry is no exception — in fact, it’s become an essential part of modern dentistry, improving the quality of existing procedures. Lasers allow us to provide treatments that are less harsh on the body while also allowing you to benefit from a more comfortable dental experience paired with a faster recovery. At State Street Smiles, we keep our office equipped with the latest technology for your benefit, which includes using the esteemed Solea Laser and VELscope.
With these advanced tools, Dr. Jackson can tackle common dental problems including gum disease, cavities, and even frenectomy without the use of needles while also cutting your recovery time in half.
What is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry is an innovative, minimally invasive type of dental care that can treat all types of dental issues with no pain, no needles, and limited recovery time since no numbing is needed. Laser dentistry can be used to address a wide range of dental problems and offers a more comfortable treatment for patients compared to traditional metal tools.
“Laser” is an acronym that stands for “light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation” and it’s an instrument that creates a narrow and very focused beam of light energy. When this laser light is used, it reacts with the soft and hard tissues of your gums, allowing Dr. Jackson to remove, shape, or cauterize the treated area as needed.
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. Additional benefits of laser dentistry include:
- Less pain during dental work
- Faster healing time
- Less bleeding
- Reduced chance of infection following treatment
- No drills or needles.
- Anesthesia (Novocaine) may not be necessary
- More accurate treatments since lasers are extremely precise
- A reduction in the risk of virus and bacteria transmission
- Decreasing or eliminating tooth sensitivity
Laser tongue and lip tie correction, also known as a frenectomy, is frequently done for tongue-tied infants who are having difficulty feeding. The procedure can also be performed on the teeth of teens and adults who have gum recession or large tooth gaps. Using our safe Solea technology, we can perform this procedure with ease and with virtually no pain for even 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. For teens and adults, the procedure will not only improve the function of their teeth but can also increase their self-confidence in knowing that they have a healthier smile.
Our Laser Dentistry Services
At State Street Smiles, we use the VELscope and Solea Laser, which can be used for a variety of dental procedures, including:
- Removing tooth decay within teeth as well as preparing the surrounding enamel to receive fillings.
- Treating gum disease by reshaping gums and eliminating bacteria without the need for sutures.
- Detecting abnormal tissue for signs of oral cancer.
- Taking biopsies (small pieces of tissue) for analyzing for any signs of oral cancer.
- Removing lesions in procedures such as tongue and lip tie correction procedures.
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 precise and virtually painless dental procedures. This technology has changed the world of dentistry by creating an easy, pain-free dental experience for children and adults alike.
What is VELscope?
The VELscope is a useful, handheld device that we can use during your dental appointment to examine your mouth and tongue for signs of any abnormalities. Early detection is essential for treatment, recovery, and survival, which is why we use the VELscope at our Hackensack office. This device emits a harmless blue light that causes the soft tissues of your mouth to become naturally fluorescent. Because healthy tissues have a distinct pattern, it becomes immediately clear if your teeth have any underlying issues.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. In fact, laser dentistry is much less painful than procedures that involve traditional tools such as drills. Most patients greatly prefer lasers over other methods because it’s more comfortable, less noisy, and recovery time afterward is quicker.
Many patients can go through their appointment without the need for a 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 precise 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.
The cost of laser treatments depends heavily on the specific procedure being performed and the severity of your case. Generally speaking, professional laser dental treatments can be less expensive overall due to the process being completed in fewer sessions.
While your dental insurance may not cover all of the costs depending on your plan, we can help determine how your benefits will work in our practice. We also offer a variety of flexible financing options to suit your budget, making our treatments affordable and accessible.
Hard tissue refers to the teeth while soft tissue refers to the gums, cheeks, lips, tongue, as well as the roof and floor of the mouth. The VELscope allows us to examine the soft tissues for signs of abnormalities while the Solea Laser allows us to treat issues with both soft and hard tissue.
HIGH-QUALITY TREATMENT BACKED BY TECHNOLOGY
Dental visits have become quicker and more comfortable with the help of advanced laser 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 our laser dentistry services, contact our office by dialing (201) 487-7030 or by filling out our online contact form at the bottom of this page. We look forward to hearing from you.