Among the many significant advances in modern dentistry has been the development of dental laser technology. Today, dental lasers are being increasingly used to treat tooth decay, periodontal disease, perform biopsies or for the removal of oral lesions, to cure restorative (filling) materials, as well to activate in-office teeth whitening systems.
Dental lasers combine laser energy with water and air to safely cut and shape targeted areas of soft or hard tissues in the mouth. Laser energy precisely cuts through tooth structure by exciting the water molecules in the tooth. It operates without direct contact to the tooth and without heat, vibration, or pressure thereby minimizing the discomfort of the procedure and the need for dental anesthesia. In addition, dental lasers can reduce anxiety for patients fearful of dental work, minimize post-operative bleeding and swelling, and preserve healthy tooth structure during the removal of decay.
While dental lasers may be an excellent treatment option in some situations, they cannot be used for every dental procedure.
The cold laser also known as Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) as shown itself to be effective for the immune system, blood circulation, and is anti-inflammatory. One of the main positive benefits of the cold laser is pain relief. It is FDA approved for treating pain and can treat numerous things.
Our Red-Light inflammation device uses a right light (620-650 nm) for treating TMJ photodynamic pain therapy for pain relief, and photo-activated disinfection.
A frenum (also known as a frenulum) in the oral cavity is a fold of tissue connecting moveable soft tissue such as the lips, cheeks or tongue to the fixed tissues next to the teeth and floor of the mouth. This fold of tissue can contain some muscle fibers as well.
The major frena in the mouth can be found in three locations. The first is the maxillary labial frenum located on the underside of the middle of the upper lip, connecting it to the gum tissue above and between the front two teeth on top. Another frenum is the mandibular labial frenum, which is located on underside of the lower lip connecting it to the gum tissue below and between the front two teeth on bottom. The third is the lingual frenum, which is found on the underside of the tongue connecting it to the floor of the mouth.
In most cases these frena do not adversely limit tongue function, or affect the teeth or their surrounding hard and soft tissues. However, there are situations where they do and a surgical procedure is required to alleviate these problems. A maxillary labial frenectomy is the most common one performed, and is considered when a large and ropey frenum is attached too close to the crowns of the teeth or extends too far towards the roof of the mouth. Issues with the maxillary frenum can cause space between the two front teeth, keeps the teeth apart, and can even affect the gums and bone between the front two teeth. A lingual frenectomy is considered when the lingual frenum attaches too far forward on the tongue and is impairing function including, speech, swallowing or eating.
When an abnormal frenal attachment is present, certain surgical procedures like a frenectomy to remove a portion of the frenum can be performed. This surgery prevents further tissue damage, allows for appropriate tooth movement and stability, and restores normal function.
NuCalm naturally relaxes the body within minutes without drugs. Using biochemistry, physics, and neurophysiology, NuCalm rapidly and reliably brings brain wave function to a state of deep relaxation, allowing the body to restore and rejuvenate.
NuCalm triggers the neural communication pathways the body uses to prepare for rest by first interrupting the adrenaline/ cortisol response associated with the midbrain activities of stress and then entraining brain wave function to deep relaxation.
NuCalm essentially “flips the switch” on stress and adrenaline dominance and rapidly transitions the body to a deeply relaxed state. The NuCalm experience suspends the body in parasympathetic nervous system dominance which is the only time the body is capable of healing.
It is important to find oral cancer as early as possible, so it can be treated more successfully. When performing oral cancer screenings, Dr. Sheri uses a device called Dental Oral Exam (DOE). DOE is a Fluorescence Visualization device with a wavelength of (390-650 nm) that excites the tissues. By exciting the tissue with collimated violet light, it allows direct visualization of the resulting tissues fluorescence to enhance the identification of abnormalities form premalignant dysplasia and cancerous lesion. The exam is painless and takes only a few minutes. Your regular dental check-up is an excellent opportunity to have this exam giving you a longer and healthier life.
Here at Dental Excellence we know life can be hectic, making it impossible to take time off to do a In Lab Sleep Study. That’s why Dental Excellence has something called a Home Sleep Study Device.
Image result for home sleep study deviceOur Sleep Study Device is a portable diagnostic device that used the innovative technology to ensure the accurate screening, detection, and follow-up of sleep apnea. Its ease of use is unparalleled in the marketplace and it is greatly complemented by the fact that that Sleep Study Device testing is done in the comfort of your own bedroom; an environment that best reflects the pattern of your sleeping habits.
An intraoral camera is a miniaturized camera that can take high-resolution images inside of the mouth and display them for viewing in real time on a computer screen. It is a pen-sized device that provides an up close, full-color and high-resolution view of the teeth and surrounding soft tissues.
An intraoral camera is a wonderful communication tool that allows the dentist to directly show a patient a close up view of every tooth and the nearby soft tissues. With this technology any areas of concern can be instantly displayed and discussed.
The intraoral camera can also capture individual images that can be saved as part of a patient’s permanent record. These saved images can be reproduced when needed for use by other dental specialists, a dental laboratory, insurance companies, and others.