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How laser dentistry from your dentist in Homer, Alaska, is great for you and your smile
The use of lasers has revolutionized many fields, including dentistry. Lasers can make treatment easier, better, and quicker than other methods of dentistry. Dr. James Bourne at Eagle Dental in Homer, Alaska, can make your smile great using this state-of-the-art technology. Read below to learn how!
More about Laser Dentistry
Lasers help to diagnose dental disease more accurately and earlier than other diagnostic tools, an effect that leads to better treatment outcomes for patients. Dental lasers can help diagnose early stages of oral cancer or soft tissue abnormalities, and tiny areas of tooth decay which are undetectable with other methods.
Along with diagnosis, dental lasers replace more cumbersome treatment tools for soft tissue surgeries, like periodontal therapy. They also can replace a bulky handpiece used to treat tooth decay and repair teeth.
Dental lasers provide important benefits which other diagnostic and treatment tools can’t match. Consider that compared to traditional approaches, dental lasers provide treatment that is:
- Faster, because dental lasers allow your dentist to complete treatments in less time
- More comfortable, and you may not even need anesthetic for some procedures
- Much easier, because you have minimal downtime and will heal much faster
- Less invasive, because there is less bleeding and far less risk of infection
Using dental lasers instead of conventional tools is also more conservative because less soft tissue or hard tooth structure is removed. Lasers allow for precise, exact removal of diseased tissue, which means a more cosmetically beautiful smile for you.
To learn more about how lasers work, please visit the Laser Dentistry page on Dr. Bourne’s website at https://www.eagledentalhomer.com/laser-dentistry.html
Give Us a Call!
You and your smile deserve the most state-of-the-art dental tools and procedures available, and it all begins with laser dentistry! Learn more about how laser dentistry can help you and your smile by calling Dr. James Bourne at Eagle Dental in Homer, Alaska. Call (907) 235-8574 today and get started on a beautiful, new smile with the help of laser dentistry!
So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is expecting you home in one piece, and you may have to pose for a picture with the baby at any moment. What will you do now?
Take a tip from Prince William of England. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the future king found himself in just this situation in 2013. His solution: Pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and get it fixed up — then stay calm and carry on!
Actually, dental emergencies of this type are fairly common. While nobody at the palace is saying exactly what was done for the damaged tooth, there are several ways to remedy this dental dilemma.
If the broken part is relatively small, chances are the tooth can be repaired by bonding with composite resin. In this process, tooth-colored material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region. Composite resin is a super-strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. Best of all, the bonding procedure can usually be accomplished in just one visit to the dental office — there’s no lab work involved. And while it won’t last forever, a bonded tooth should hold up well for at least several years with only routine dental care.
If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off and recovered, it is sometimes possible to reattach it via bonding. However, for more serious damage — like a severely fractured or broken tooth — a crown (cap) may be required. In this restoration process, the entire visible portion of the tooth may be capped with a sturdy covering made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to a gold metal alloy.
A crown restoration is more involved than bonding. It begins with making a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors. From this model, a tooth replica will be fabricated by a skilled technician; it will match the existing teeth closely and fit into the bite perfectly. Next, the damaged tooth will be prepared, and the crown will be securely attached to it. Crown restorations are strong, lifelike and permanent.
Was the future king “crowned” — or was his tooth bonded? We may never know for sure. But it’s good to know that even if we’ll never be royals, we still have several options for fixing a damaged tooth. If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework.”