We offer one of the latest technological advances in dentistry with digital radiography (X-rays). A wireless sensor is placed in the mouth, and a computer generates an image in 30 seconds as opposed to the general 4-6 minute wait time for images taken on dental film. These X-rays can also be enhanced on the computer and enlarged.
Not only are they friendly to the environment, they are much safer than traditional X-rays. Digital radiographs reduce radiation exposure by 90 percent!
The soft-tissue laser that we use allows us to provide patients with a quicker and more painless experience when performing minor esthetic and surgical dental procedures. The use of this laser eliminates traditional therapies that once caused pain to the patient. A few examples of our procedures that involve the use of this laser are:
- Crown lengthening – Also known as gum recontouring, this procedure uses laser energy to reshape and resize excess gum and tissue to expose more of a tooth’s crown. This improves the gum-to-teeth ratio, lessening the appearance of a “gummy smile.”
- Frenectomy – This minor oral procedure is used to release lip- and tongue-ties, which impede the movement of the lip and/or tongue.
- Removal of soft tissue – Laser energy can precisely and accurately remove soft tissue during various dental treatments without damaging the surrounding tissue.
- Periodontal disease – During periodontal laser therapy, laser tissue can remove inflamed gum tissue from around tooth roots, allowing us to remove calculus and plaque built along the gum line and tooth root.
- Implant recovery – We use our soft tissue laser to seal blood vessels to minimize bleeding, risk of infection and enhance patient comfort after dental implant surgery.
- Gingivectomy – This procedure removes inflamed gum tissue and is necessary when the gums have pulled away (or receded) from the teeth, creating deep pockets that make it hard to clean away plaque and calculus. Gingivectomy is often recommended before gum disease has damaged the bone supporting the teeth.
The soft-tissue laser is part of the most advanced technology in dentistry today, and as such, a fairly small percentage of cosmetic dentists use it. Dr. Hunter is proud to provide this effective, reliable and powerful tool that results in less bleeding, swelling and pain — both during surgery and on into recovery. You owe it to yourself to choose an office, such as Skippack Village Dentistry, that specializes in this treatment.