Reasons To Use a Laser

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Many patient might be unaware, but most dental offices have the capacity to use lasers on their soft tissues! If you’ve ever been irritated with a piece of overgrown gum, or had a cold sore or canker sore, the laser can help!

Anyone can tell you how painful cold sores and canker sores can be. They crack and bleed, with symptoms often lasting a couple of weeks. Here is how the laser alleviates these symptoms:

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Should I Wait Until It Hurts?

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I often hear my patients say, “Nothing hurts, so everything in my mouth must be good.”  This is a common misconception.  Most problems in the mouth do not hurt and to wait until something hurts in order to treat it makes treatment more difficult and more expensive.

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Periodontal disease is not something that you often feel or recognize.  Signs of periodontal disease include ...

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7 Oral Cancer Risk Factors

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April is oral cancer awareness month, a cancer that is not often talked about, even though it has over 40,000 diagnoses on average per year! In fact, many people do not realize that their dentist screens for oral cancer during their cleaning appointment. As such, we thought we might cover the 7 biggest risk factors that can cause oral cancer, and how to avoid them, if possible.

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The Top 5 Cavity Culprits

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Have you ever wondered what causes cavities?  Odds are, you are not alone.

There are 5 main “usual suspects” in the case of cavity causation. We will take a look at each below, and help explain how they contribute.

Cavity Culprits

  1. Saliva: This is a cause most people are likely not aware of.  According to a study done earlier this year, there is ...
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Perio Protect Trays: A Non-Surgical Approach to Gum Disease

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Smiles in Buckhead is proud to announce that we have become certified providers of Perio Protect, a non-surgical way to treat gum disease.

Although millions of Americans have been diagnosed with gingivitis or periodontitis, up until recently, there was no long-term, minimally invasive, non-surgical gum disease treatment. For decades, the cleaning of root surfaces (called scaling and root planing) has been done in combination with antibiotics. This approach is often uncomfortable and temporary, typically repeated every 3 months. Surgery is reserved ...

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What is the Laser Teeth Whitening Procedure?

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Pearly white teeth are more popular than ever. Those who seek a dazzling smile can choose whether to have a professional teeth whitening procedure, or go DIY with at-home whitening kits. Laser teeth whitening is one of the newest procedures available today. If you’re considering this treatment option, you may be wondering: what is the laser teeth whitening procedure?

What is the Laser Teeth Whitening Procedure?

The term ‘Laser teeth whitening’ may conjure up images of high-powered lasers capable of cutting through steel. ...

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Tooth Cavity Treatment

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Tooth cavities, also known as tooth decay or tooth caries, are small openings or holes in your teeth which can be very damaging over time. Cavities occur when the protective enamel surrounding teeth wears away and allows bacteria to eat away at the surface of the tooth. While tooth decay is preventable, tooth cavity treatment is available for people who have existing cavities.

Tooth Cavity Treatment

Preventing tooth cavities is ideal, but tooth restoration is possible if you already have cavities. The ...

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Does Professional Teeth Cleaning Have Side Effects?

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Regular brushing and flossing is an important part of good oral health practice. Visiting your dentist for a routine cleaning will keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong, preventing tooth decay, periodontal disease, and many other conditions. Although dental cleanings are routine for many people, you may be wondering: does professional teeth cleaning have side effects?

Does Professional Teeth Cleaning Have Side Effects?

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What is the Tooth Extraction Procedure?

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A tooth extraction is the procedure which removes a tooth from its socket. Teeth may need to be removed as a result of infection, trauma, crowding, disease, or if a tooth is impacted. What is the tooth extraction procedure, and what can you expect?

What is the Tooth Extraction Procedure?

Tooth extractions are an outpatient procedure, meaning that you are able to go home the same day.

Depending on the complexity of your extraction, you may either be given local anesthetic and remain awake ...

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Laser Dentistry

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Dental lasers have many different uses in today’s dental office. They allow dentists, like Dr.’s Derrick and Kurtz, to perform procedures with more accuracy and with less damage to your gums. While gently shaping soft tissue, lasers will also seal off blood vessels and nerve endings. This prevents bleeding, decreases swelling and greatly reduces pain, all with little to no anesthetic.
Diode lasers, such as the one used at Smiles in Buckhead, have been used in medicine for over 25 ...

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