For patients who do not look forward to needles, drilling, or numbness, Laser Dentistry may be the right choice.
Laser dentistry is one of dentistry’s latest advances. The laser delivers energy in the form of light. Depending on the intended result, this energy travels at different wavelengths and is absorbed by a “target.” In dentistry, these targets can be enamel, decay, gum tissue, or whitening enhancers. Each one absorbs a different wavelength of light while reflecting others. Laser dentistry can be used for both hard and soft tissue related procedures. Oftentimes no local anesthesia is required. Unlike with the dental drill, with laser dentistry there is no heat or vibration, making the procedure quite comfortable for most patients. For soft tissue (surgical) procedures it eliminates the need for suturing and healing is much faster.
Lasers can be used to diagnose cavities. They can find hidden decay in teeth in early stages, and in some cases the decay can be reversed through hygiene and fluoride treatment and may never need filling.
Areas of dental care that benefit from laser technology:
- Cavity diagnosis and removal
- Whitening teeth
- Periodontal, or gum related, care
- Pediatric procedures
- Apthous Ulcer treatment (canker sore)
- Frenectomy (tongue-tie release) without anesthesia or sutures
- Root canals
- Crown lengthening, gingivectomy and other gum corrections
Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.
Single visit crowns couldn’t be imagined even when Dr. Lopez-Belio began her practice in 1989! Now they ARE a REALITY!
Our certified CEREC® machine allows us to perform a variety of dental restoration procedures in one visit to our office, including:
A camera is placed in the patient’s mouth in order to make an optical impression which is then used to design a crown on the computer. A small block of porcelain is milled to create a beautiful porcelain restoration which is then placed the very same day.
- No Sensitivity Problems.
- Retraction Cords are no longer needed.
- No need for messy impression materials and bulky trays in your mouth.
- No need for temporaries.
- THE BEST PART: Complete in one office visit! You have better things to do with your time than keep coming back, though we love to see you!
When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. Lopez-Belio and her staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Our practice uses high power magnification loops to enhance the precision of patient care.
Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using high power magnification loops enables us to create dental restorations with incredibly precise fit and finish. You just can’t fulfill that level of care with the naked eye.
In addition to allowing precise, close-up work, the high power magnification loops direct a beam of light directly on the teeth, minimizing glare for you.
Digital Imaging: Now With Half the Radiation
Dr. Lopez-Belio chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Dr. Lopez-Belio utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 90 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.
Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor.
Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
Watch-PAT : Obstructive Sleep Apnea Diagnostic Device
For accurate detection of sleep-related breathing disorders. This Home Sleep Study is a great alternative to traditional PSG studies that take place in hospitals or sleep centers. Uses a device very much like a watch and a small finger sensor.
We work closely with patient’s physicians to treat this serious disease.