An Advanced Approach To Dentistry
Technology has become an integral part of our daily lives, continuously improving our ability to get things done. 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 dental technology for your benefit, which includes using the esteemed Solea Laser and VELscope.
With these advanced tools, our expert dentists can tackle common dental problems such as gum disease and cavities. It can even help us perform surgeries like frenectomy without the use of needles while also cutting your recovery time in half. At our convenient location in Hackensack, NJ we can assist New Jersey patients from our home location and surrounding locations such as in Teterboro, Maywood, and Teaneck.
What is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry is an innovative, minimally invasive type of dental care for almost painlessly treating all types of dental issues without needles while shortening recovery time. 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 refers to an instrument that creates a narrow and precisely focused beam of light energy. When this laser light is used, it reacts with the soft and hard tissues of your gums, allowing your New Jersey dentist 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 dental sensitivity, or fear the dentist, that isn’t always easy. Laser dentistry can make the entire experience easier. 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 due to laser precision
- Reduced risk of viral and bacterial transmission
- Decreases or eliminates tooth sensitivity
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 analysis to detect possible signs of oral cancer
- Removing lesions in procedures for 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 help dentists perform 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 utilize to examine your mouth and tongue for signs of 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 or any of your other oral structures 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 dental 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 at 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 both soft and hard tissue.