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When you think of lasers, you’re probably thinking of some cool sci-fi movie. But did you know that dentists rely on lasers all the time these days? In fact,  our very own office utilizes them in lieu of more traditional techniques. Learn more about why lasers are so effective and how they can help you.

What Are Lasers?

Lasers are light energy. In dentistry, they are used to cut through tissue or act as a source of heat during whitening procedures.

Why Are Lasers Useful?

One of the few reasons why people fear the dentist is because of all of the different tools that dentists use during treatments. This includes scalpels and sutures, which can be painful and increase healing times because they tend to be invasive. Soft tissue lasers, on the other hand, are not nearly as invasive and can be used in a variety of treatments. They can remove tooth decay and prep a tooth for fillings, completely reshape gums, collect tissue samples for biopsies, and even help whiten teeth, just to name a few of their uses.

Because they are not as invasive as scalpels and sutures, lasers decrease bleeding and speed up healing times.

What Are Drawbacks of Lasers?

Lasers don’t have many drawbacks, except for the fact that they can’t be used on teeth that have fillings. While you will still require anesthesia even when receiving a treatment with a laser, we offer a variety of sedation options so that you can choose which is best for you and your treatment. Regardless of whether or not we use a laser during your treatment, you can rest easy knowing that you’ll be completely comfortable and at ease during the duration of your procedure!

At Pleasant Plains Dental, we’re proud to utilize the latest advancements in dental technology to make your treatment safer, more comfortable, and more effective. If you have any questions about our treatment options, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly staff!

Don't Let Dental Care Break the Bank

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 13-Sep-18 13:07.
Read Pleasant Plain Dental's blog to learn about our in-office Dental Saver's Plan that keeps your budget, your needs & your family in mind. Enroll today!

How Can I Get My Chipped or Broken Tooth Fixed?

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 30-Aug-18 14:07.
Embarrassed about a chipped or broken tooth? Read our blog post to learn how Pleasant Plains Dental can use natural-looking Lumineers to restore your smile!

Caring For Your Teeth With Braces

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 09-Jan-18 08:02.
There’s no doubt that neglecting your oral health can lead to serious problems. That’s why dental professionals devote ample amounts of time and energy educating patients about the importance of regular dental care and good oral care at home. Yet, with tiny crevices, as well as brackets, wires, elastic bands and other appliances, the level of care and responsibility is far greater when an individual has braces. Thus, to better understand how to care for your teeth with braces, continue reading below.

Understanding Gingivitis

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 14-Dec-17 07:04.
When it comes to bleeding gums, dentists find that many individuals assume that a little bleeding here and there is okay. In reality, it’s important to take bleeding gums seriously, particularly if they are red and irritated. These are signs of Gingivitis, and though it is the mildest form of gum disease, it is also a precursor to advanced disease and periodontitis.

The Effects of Acid on Teeth Enamel

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 28-Nov-17 08:16.
When it comes to the effects of acid on tooth enamel, it all comes down to having the right balance and the right aftercare. Yet, the reality is—most individuals do not consider what’s happening to their teeth when they are simply enjoying a glass of lemonade or when they’re indulging in their favorite starchy holiday foods. That’s why dental professionals spend ample time helping patients understand the effects of acid and how it leads to tooth decay.

Microdontia: What You Need To Know

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 23-Oct-17 07:12.
While genetic factors play a role in many areas of development, they also determine how teeth emerge. This explains why the size, shape and spacing between teeth are often similar to that of a parent. Even so, while physical characteristics of teeth are inherited, so are oral health problems.

Sedation Dentistry: The Path To Dental Freedom

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 27-Sep-17 08:31.
While everyone experiences some degree of fear about something in their life, dental fear is the main reason many individuals forego seeing their dentist. While some have had traumatic dental experiences as a child, others feel shameful and embarrassed about their oral health, and fear being ridiculed. On the other hand, some worry that they will need time-consuming or costly dental treatments. Even so, if you’re afraid of going to the dentist, sedation dentistry provides a path to dental freedom.

Straighten Your Teeth The Invisalign Way

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 23-Aug-17 07:07.
Advancements in dentistry and orthodontics continue to provide patients with a number of ways to straighten their smile. This is particularly exciting for teens and adults that do not want to deal with pesky wires and brackets that are an eyesore, not to mention uncomfortable. What we’re alluding to here is the option of Invisalign. Through a series of clear aligner trays, Invisalign moves teeth in stages, with very little interference to one’s daily activities. What’s more is that digital dentistry allows for patients to participate in their treatment with pre-planning appointments and virtual images of their new smile.

What Do You Know About Laser Dentistry?

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 16-Jul-17 07:08.
Keeping in step with the emergence of dental technologies, laser dentistry offers advanced precision and effectiveness across many dental procedures, and is a welcome addition for patients experiencing dental anxiety.

General Dentistry: Your First Line of Defense

Submitted by Dr. Ernst on 22-Jun-17 06:49.
When it comes to oral health, a general dentist is a patient’s first line of defense, taking into account the entire mouth and surrounding areas. Yet, general dentistry is about more than oral health. Because general dentists are committed to keeping teeth and gums healthy, they play a key role in the overall health of a patient by keeping bacteria and inflammation from traveling to other parts of the body, as well as detecting signs and symptoms of serious diseases.

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