The use of lasers in dentistry may be somewhat new, but its versatility and ease of use are rapidly growing in popularity. Lasers are revolutionizing pediatric dentistry. Why? Simply put, lasers can be used for anything from soft tissue oral procedures on newborns to hard-tissue cavity extraction from teeth. They also reduce the spread of germs. Learn more about laser dentistry and how it is used at Sunshine Children’s Dentistry.
1. Why is Sunshine Children’s Dentistry using lasers?
We are one of the few pediatric dental offices in NC who utilize state-of-the-art CO2 lasers for a full range of procedures. We are dedicated to using innovative technologies and precise care to provide the most comfortable and enjoyable experiences for our young patients. Many patients want noise-free, needle-free, drill-free, blood-free, suture-free appointments - which is frequently possible with laser dentistry. When the sources of anxiety are removed, patients (and their parents) have a happier experience.
2. What kind of laser is it?
Sunshine Children’s Dentistry actually uses two types of CO2 lasers: the Solea Dental Laser and the LightScalpel Laser. LightScalpel is designed solely for use on soft tissue, whereas Solea can be used for both soft and hard tissue. Because of its versatility, the Solea Laser is used most often at our office. The state-of-the-art Solea CO2 Dental Laser is revolutionizing dentistry, and making fillings and soft tissue oral procedures something to SMILE about!
3. How does it work?
Solea uses computer-controlled laser technology to smoothly, quickly, and safely vaporize the hard tissue (teeth) and soft tissue (gums) in one’s mouth. It is fast, precise, frequently anesthesia-free for most cavity prep, and blood-free and suture-free for most soft tissue procedures. Patients love the unique experience.
4. Is it safe for children?
Laser dentistry is great for kids! It is faster, healthier, and most procedures are done without a shot, the drill or pain. Multiple procedures in various quadrants of the mouth can be done in one appointment, meaning less time at the dentist. Additionally, because lasers create virtually no saliva splatters, it is a safer tool for avoiding the spread of germs.
5. What kind of services can be offered?
Solea is cleared to cut enamel (teeth), soft tissue (gum), and bone. Some procedure examples include: cavities, gingivectomies, frenectomies, aphthous ulcers, fibroma removals, crown lengthenings, surgeries, and more. Tongue-tie and lip-tie can be remedied with the use of lasers. Solea has safely been used on young patients of all ages, including infants. It has been effective at helping infants improve their latch for easier feeding, too.
6. How soon afterwards can my child eat and get back to school?
A child can often go back to school or eat right after their appointment because they frequently don’t leave with a numb feeling. Infants can drink milk directly after laser oral procedure. Parents love the speediness, because they can get back to work sooner. Teachers also appreciate the faster appointment times, because children can get back to learning at school.
7. Is it painful during and/or after the procedure?
Most patients report not feeling anything during the use of the Solea Laser, while some report feeling a cold sensation. In most cases, the traditional drill and needles are unnecessary. And unlike traditional procedures which use drills and numbing needles, laser dentistry does not have lingering discomfort afterwards. Results can vary, so talk to our dentists.
8. What else should I know about laser dentistry?
As with most procedures, all patients are unique and can have unique experiences. Results can vary. We have provided hundreds of laser dentistry procedures on pediatric patients, and we have heard an abundance of positive feedback. Talk to our dentists to see if laser dentistry is right for your family. Learn more at SunshineChildSmile.com.
Our Sunshine Team is taking every safety precaution to ensure that our office remains a place "where children have FUN & SMILE." We are following every safety guideline issued by the CDC, FDA, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, NC Department of Health & Human Services, and the NC Board of Dental Examiners. Staff and patients have been wearing masks and PPE, conducting health screening questionnaires upon arrival, temperature checks at the door, as well as ongoing sanitation and infection control to maintain a safe environment. We want only the best for our patient families and staff members.
🎨 COLOR WITH US & SPREAD THE JOY OF ART! 🎨
Help us fill our office and our Facebook Page with beautiful art! Encourage your little artists to participate in our "Everyone Smiles in the Same Language" coloring contest and write why they want to share smiles, too. We can make the world bright one SMILE at a time. Our hope at Sunshine Children’s Dentistry is to spread FUN & SMILES. There are 2 ways to submit your child’s art (you are welcome to do both). You may share a photo to our Facebook page with the hashtag #EveryoneSmilesInTheSameLanguage AND/OR mail it to our office: 1911 S. 17th Street #140, Wilmington, NC 28401. (Download the printable PDF here.)
To ensure all your children’s teeth are ready to SMILE all year long, be sure to visit Sunshine Children’s Dentistry. The American Dental Association recommends oral checkups twice annually for children (and adults, too). QUESTIONS? We are a resource to you and are happy to answer any questions you may have about your child’s changing smile. We believe that oral health should be FUN and something to SMILE about! f you ever need to reach us, our number is 910.762.7736.
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