Procedures: for healthier teeth and more dazzling smiles.
Dealing with Minnesota’s endless cold-and-flu season, along with the regular aches, pains and business of everyday living, sometimes it is easy for families to take the health of their teeth for granted. To make it easier for your whole family to enjoy and maintain dental health here at Distinctive Laser Dentistry, we offer all the dental solutions your family members will need to keep their teeth feeling good and looking great – including our innovative ZOOM II! Whitening Procedure. For more information, click on the appropriate links in the sidebar.
In addition to your own daily brushing and maintenance, it’s important to stop in and let us professionally clean and floss your teeth. Why? We have advanced procedures and solutions that provide a more thorough cleaning, and we know the ins and outs of your teeth and can aggressively tackle the trouble spots. Many patients love how wonderful their teeth, gums and mouth feel after a professional cleaning!
The fluoride found in most tap water and toothpastes provides a powerful shield against oral bacteria and the onset of tooth decay. But, for some younger patients, it’s not enough. With regular professional fluoride treatments at Distinctive Laser Dentistry – and a consistent daily oral hygiene regimen – we can help return a child’s teeth to full strength and work to prevent problems down the road.
Back teeth (premolars and molars) contain depressions and grooves that help grind food for easy digestion. These indentations are difficult to keep clean (especially for younger, “less aggressive” brushers) because toothbrush bristles can’t always reach into the sometimes-microscopic spaces. A dental sealant is a plastic material that is applied to the chewing surface of a back tooth, acting as a barrier that protects the enamel from plaque and acid. It’s a simple, fast procedure that helps teeth stay decay free!
Teens suffer thousands of injuries to the face every year, playing traditional sports such as football, soccer, hockey and hoops, as well as skateboarding, trick biking and other up to the minute favorite sports. More and more athletes – from famous professionals to casual participators– are using mouth guards to protect their teeth and their smiles, even in non-contact sports such as gymnastics, baseball and volleyball. A properly fitting mouth guard can save an athlete a lot of pain and a family lot of money! Stop in and ask Dr. Telly Pappas for more information.
Experience the quality of sleep you’ve been dreaming about and save $100 on Nightlase®therapy
If you or a loved one have problems with snoring or sleep apnea Distinctive Laser Dentistry can help. Our Nightlase® therapy is a non-invasive way to increase the quality of your sleep. Nightlase® therapy is a comfortable solution that requires no surgery and allows you to sleep without having to wear a bulky device. Contact Dr. Telly Pappas today at 952.915.9960 to see how you can sleep easier with Nightlase® therapy.
Remember when tooth ailments and cavities could only be treated with unsightly metal fillings? Those days are gone! Today, tooth-colored fillings made of durable resin or porcelain can be bonded to your teeth for a stronger and more natural-looking effect. These fillings bond and seal a tooth and, unlike mercury fillings, will not swell over time and cause tooth fractures or cracking. Best of all, the fillings are virtually undetectable and easy to apply. Of all the advancements in dentistry today, this is probably our patients’ favorite.
Avoiding the removal of wisdom teeth can have consequences down the road. In addition to sheer physical discomfort, it can cause a teen’s still-developing teeth to become knocked “out of line,” potentially causing jaw and bite issues, and leading to more problems in adulthood. The good news? With all of the advances in precision dental technology and pain therapy, removing wisdom teeth isn’t nearly as traumatic as it used to be. For more information, give Dr. Telly Pappas a call
A dental implant is a synthetic tooth root that is permanently placed into your jaw, to support a crown, bridge or an artificial tooth. The end result is a strong, secure tooth that is nearly indistinguishable from natural tooth. Because dental implants require surgery, they are intended only for candidates with sufficient bone and healthy gums. Dental implants can be a highly preferred way of preserving oral health, so if you are missing one of more teeth or for more information about dental implants, contact Dr. Telly Pappas today.
Gum disease is caused by bacterial infection that attack gum ligaments and bone. Often painless, this damaging disease may develop slowly or progress rapidly, so it’s important to have your gums checked often! At Distinctive Laser Dentistry, we make a periodontal screening a part of every exam in our office. If we see signs of trouble, we may recommend a professional gum cleaning. The first step usually involves removing plaque and tartar deposits beneath the gum line. The tooth roots may also be planed to smooth the root surface and allow the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth. Antibiotics or antimicrobial rinses may be recommended to help control the growth of bacteria that create damaging toxins. In some cases, we may even place antibiotic fibers in the periodontal pockets after therapy, to control infection and promote healing.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is designed to correct disorders of the dental pulp – the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. Without treatment, an infection of the dental pulp can spread to the bone around the tooth, making it no longer able to hold the tooth in place. Teeth with abscessed, or infected, nerves were once removed. But now, in 90 percent of cases of pulpal infection, the natural tooth can be saved through modern endodontic procedures, so save a tooth! Have a root canal! Ask Dr. Telly Pappas for more information.
Tooth Whitening Solution for Every Case
A storybook wedding, an important job interview, a graduation, or easing a lifetime of embarrassment… people often have a special reason for whitening their teeth. That’s why we offer the KoR Whitening system.
A brilliant alternative to crowns, veneers can perfect your smile by masking stains, hiding chips, correcting misalignments, and creating uniformity. Our veneers feature a thin, durable shell of stain-resistant porcelain that look incredibly natural and are easy to apply. It’s a beautiful way to enhance your smile as well as a way to brighten up your overall appearance!
Porcelain crowns – also commonly called “caps” – are an excellent way to repair and strengthen badly damaged teeth. Like veneers, they can dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth; however, unlike veneers, they cover the entire surface area of the tooth and can prevent weaker teeth from cracking or breaking. By strengthening these vulnerable teeth, they can greatly reduce or eliminate pain, sensitivity, and difficulty with chewing and speaking. Crowns are also commonly used to keep large fillings in place. Whatever their function, they’ll give you a more attractive and confident smile!