Welcome to the Blog of Fletcher Hills Dental Arts!
We're excited to announce the official launch of the Keen Dentistry blog.
We'll be posting helpful dental tips, news from the dental industry, news from our practice, and more about the latest in dentistry.
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Here's to your best oral health ever!
Dentists are relying more and more on lasers to treat soft tissue ailments because of their superior accuracy and effectiveness. Laser technology helps assist dentists is many facets of dentistry like periodontal, orthodontic, and restorative procedures. Patients appreciate their use because they reduce healing time as well as discomfort with each procedure.
Lasers used for Routine Gum and Dental Procedures
The dental hygienist may use a laser during a routine cleaning to support scaling and root planing treatment. Laser hand instruments help decontaminate pockets caused by bacteria in the gums, and they help prevent the spread of infection.
Routine fluoride treatments benefit with laser treatment. There is new research that indicates lasers help in cavity prevention by increasing the enamel's ability to uptake fluoride. Tooth enamel becomes less porous, and demineralization is reduced with the use of lasers.
Canker and Cold Sore Treatment
Lasers can provide immediate pain relief for patients suffering from ulcers in the mouth. By increasing blood flow, lasers promote the rapid growth of collagen. Healing occurs almost overnight with laser treatment, and a cold sore may never appear in that area again.
Laser Technology Assists Dentists in a Myriad of Ways
Laser dentistry can help make certain procedures more efficient. A few advantages they provide are:
- Access impacted teeth with lasers, so tooth extractions can proceed.
- Rearrange gum tissue, so orthodontists can place brackets on teeth. When gums become swollen during orthodontic care, lasers also remove inflamed tissue with little discomfort and no need for sutures.
- Remove excess gum tissue so accurate impressions can be taken for crowns.
- Improve the aesthetics of a smile with cosmetic procedures. Sometimes the gum line covers too much of a tooth. Laser treatment can establish proper gingival height to improve the beauty of a smile.
- Support whitening treatments by increasing the enamel's ability to respond to hydrogen peroxide.
- Disinfect gum tissue and dental surfaces to prevent infections.
Dr. David Keen and Dr. Amy Jagger Provide the Benefits of Laser Dentistry
Give Keen Dentistry a call to learn about ways our office can treat your dental needs with the superior treatment that laser dentistry provides. We proudly serve those living or working in El Cajon and the surrounding communities.
A dental emergency can happen at any moment, but even when they occur, it doesn’t have to ruin your day. At Fletcher Hills Dental Arts, we believe it is best for patients to be prepared with the right information to properly their dental crises.
Our El Cajon dentist has provided the following tips to educate patients on how to handle their dental emergency appropriately. This ensures that their smiles remain beautiful and healthy, no matter what life throws at you.
Keeping kids’ smiles healthy takes a bit more care and consideration than older dental patients; kids tend to be less concerned about what incidents could damage their teeth or put them at risk for cavities.
Many dental patients don’t experience their first cavity until later in life, but some have their first dental caries in childhood. This is due to the less mineralized nature of baby teeth, not being able to brush and floss teeth thoroughly, and eating too many sugary or sticky foods.
Creating lasting smiles starts at home. Without a comprehensive and effective daily hygiene routine, patients at every age, especially children, can find it challenging to keep their smiles healthy between biannual dental visits. As dentists who provide care to young patients, we find it crucial that children practice excellent health habits.