Soft tissue laser
Laser technology continues to transform many procedures in healthcare. Once the subject of sci-fi movies, lasers now clearly provide benefits for mainstream treatment in medicine and dentistry. Shorter procedures, less discomfort, and rapid healing comprise just a few of the benefits offered by modern lasers.
The soft tissues of the mouth cover about 30 square inches of surface area, and sometimes require treatment. Annoying lumps or bumps may need removal with unusual patches of tissues submitted for further microscopic analysis. Traditionally, a surgical procedure involving incisions and sutures would be required to produce an acceptable remedy for these situations. Today, a pen-shaped wand allows Drs. Freundlich & Homsi to remove gently suspicious or bothersome bumps within a couple of minutes. The healing stimulated by laser energy leads to rapid resolution and little to no discomfort, without the need for stitches.
Similarly, gums can be quickly reshaped without bleeding for ultimate appearance and health, and some gum infections treated with rapid resolution afterwards. Even cold sores or mouth ulcers can undergo faster healing when laser energy passes over the surface. Better yet, the days of pain associated with these recurring ulcers can be dramatically decreased immediately. Lasers may also be used with children to help growth and development issues or help wisdom teeth move into place.
A soft tissue laser offers a valuable benefit to many commonly treated conditions in the mouth. Dr. Freundlich's specific training in laser protocols opens up numerous possibilities using one of modern dentistry's most versatile tools.
Intra-oral imaging gives you a detailed view of your mouth. Words come to life when you can see what we see.
Visually transferring specific conditions in your mouth to a computer screen brings clarity simply not possible with a traditional mouth mirror. Specialized hand-held wands quickly capture the details of your teeth and gums. In fact, even small cracks that often lead to broken teeth appear vividly, just with the click of a button.
As an added benefit, dental insurance benefits frequently pay easier with the visual proof of a captured image in our records.
Digital sensors capture detailed x-ray images with a fraction of the traditional exposure.
Technological advancements in x-ray technology provide multiple benefits, from safety to improved treatment outcomes.
- Safety- Although traditional dental films require minimal radiation for image development, our digital x-ray system provides unsurpassed safety: up to 90% reduction compared to most older film-based systems.
- Time Saving- Images captured instantly with a digital sensor lessen the time you spend in the dental chair.
- Better Outcomes- Improved image clarity increases Drs. Freundlich & Homsi's ability to diagnose and treat conditions. Software tools bring detailed magnification and detection tools into focus.
Oral Cancer Screening with Velscope
Every time we provide care, we're observing many different aspects of your overall health. Most people are surprised at the large amount of surface area that lines the mouth. While this lining repairs itself quickly, it is susceptible to changes that may require monitoring or further evaluation.
Oral cancer can afflict anyone although tobacco users put themselves at significantly higher risk than non-users. Chewing tobacco contains up to 3000 different chemicals, including the same compounds used in pesticides and embalming fluid. Cellular changes below the surface aren't always detectable until they've advanced to a critical stage.
However, early detection and treatment of oral cancer significantly increase the chance of a positive outcome. The American Cancer Society reports that about 7,000 deaths result from oral cancer out of 30,000 cases diagnosed annually. If we suspect any unusual changes in your mouth tissue, we may suggest a biopsy and microscopic analysis by a qualified lab.
Many other non-cancerous changes can occur in your mouth's tissue, from oral warts to autoimmune lesions. Dr. Freundlich draws on his background in oral pathology to determine if any abnormalities should be removed or simply monitored.
As a side note, we understand tobacco holds powerful addictive powers over many health-conscious people. If you're determined to quit, we want to be a supportive partner in your efforts. Talk to your hygienist or Dr. Freundlich about strategies and resources for kicking the habit.