Most people may think a teeth cleaning is the same at any dentist office, but that is just not true. Our hygienists have specialized training beyond standard hygiene school, and we provide education for our patients so that they can maintain optimal oral heath for teeth and gums between professional cleanings. Our hygienists are JP Certified, which means that they treat each patient individually for his/her needs instead of performing a one-kind-fits-all, routine cleaning for each patient. Our hygienists have learned the most proven techniques for cleaning teeth and removing plaque and infection. When a patient learns the conditions in their mouth and how to best eliminate periodontal infection, tooth decay, bad breath and other problems, he or she can actively participate in oral homecare. This team approach contributes to a healthy, beautiful smile – a smile that will last a lifetime.
Bruxism is the act of grinding your teeth and the result can be detrimental. Think of teeth like a peanut M & M: there is the hard enamel shell that protects the soft inner layers. Most of the time, people are unaware they are grinding their teeth because it occurs in their sleep. However, some people grind during the day or during intense concentration. Additionally, these kinds of forces can increase the risk of bone loss and periodontal disease. In all cases, we recommend a night guard or possibly a day guard: we offer a variety of potential options. Prevention is much easier and less expensive than replacing missing or damaged enamel. Talk to us about which one is right for you.
Powerful Potential for Surgery
LASER is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, a complicated string of words that basically means a single wavelength beam of highly concentrated light energy.
Lasers have transformed medical surgery by offering minimally-invasive alternatives to traditional scalpel incisions and sutured closures. The laser’s intense, narrow wavelength has precise, predictable, and powerful reactions when it contacts hard or soft tissues of the body. Laser light is extremely efficient, producing very little heat as it acts on its target. This makes it ideal for oral surgery, since it seldom affects tissues other than those it targets. The laser provides precise control over the depth and extent of cutting, while simultaneously minimizing bleeding and sterilizing the treatment area.
Versatility and Applications
However, a laser can also cure (harden) dental materials, scan teeth to detect decay, vaporize decay and prep teeth for fillings, and activate whitening gel to brighten smiles. Currently, dental applications include gum disease treatments, gum re-contouring, root canal cleaning, decay detection and elimination, bonding material curing and strengthening, incision cauterizing and tissue fusion, lesion reparation, biopsies, and super-fast teeth whitening procedures.
If you have questions about the lasers we use, please call us. We enjoy helping patients understand all of the interesting innovations we implement for their comfort and care.
You deserve a smile that lights up your life! Call our Fairbanks dental office today to reserve your personal consultation with our dentists. We don’t want anything to stand between you and your ideal smile and optimal oral health. If finances or comfort concerns you, please tell us so that we can design a treatment plan that suits your unique needs.