Soft Tissue Diode Laser

The Diode Laser makes it possible to offer a number of soft tissue procedures with minimal or no anesthesia, rapid healing and no bleeding. Previously, these procedures were done with a scalpel and often required sutures. Some of the procedures available with the Diode Laser include:

  • Excisional and incisional biopsies
  • Exposure of unerupted teeth
  • Frenectomy (releasing the muscle attachment that causes one to be "tongue tied", and/or releasing the muscle attachment that sometimes causes the upper front teeth to have a space between them)
  • Gingivectomy (trimming away gum tissue to enhance periodontal health when necessary, or to allow access to restore cavities that go below the gum line)
  • Gingivoplasty (recontouring gum tissues to give a more attractive smile)
  • Incision and drainage of abscesses
  • Removal of diseased, infected, inflamed, and necroses soft tissues within the periodontal pockets
  • Soft tissue crown lengthening
  • Treatment of canker sores, herpetic, and aphthous ulcers of the oral mucosa 

Digital X-Rays

For years, dentists have used x-ray images to diagnose tooth decay, periodontal bone loss, cysts, and tumors of the oral cavity.  X-rays are also an important part of root canal treatment, and of implant treatment planning and placement.  In the past, x-ray images were projected onto a film and developed before a diagnosis could be made.  With traditional film x-rays there is a time lag before the image can be viewed.

With digital x-ray images, the image is projected onto a sensor and immediately available to view on a computer monitor, and exposure to radiation is decreased by well over 50% compared to traditional film x-ray techniques.  At Desoto Dental Services, we utilize digital x-ray technology for our Panoramic x-ray and for our intra-oral images.  This allows us to save time for you and reduce your exposure to radiation at the same time.

You are also able to see the x-ray image on the computer monitor in the treatment room, and have the image interpreted for you as you provide your input on the type of treatment you wish to have.

Intra-oral X-Rays

These are images that are produced with the sensor in the mouth. These images are used to see the areas between the teeth to detect decay, and to look at the area beyond the tip of the tooth root to diagnose pulpal abscess and to monitor root canal treatment.

Panoramic X-Rays

These are images that are produced outside the mouth and display an image of the entire upper and lower jaws.  These are used to detect un-erupted and erupting teeth, cysts and tumors of the bone, location of sinuses, and the position of nerves and blood vessels relative to teeth and potential surgical sites.

CBCT (cone beam computer tomography) or 3D imaging

The practice recently incorporated CBCT, or 3D imaging into its arsenal of new digital technology. This technology enables a more precise three dimensional view of the teeth and the surrounding structures in the oral cavity. This provides the capacity to determine ideal placement of dental implants, the need (or not) for bone grafting prior to implant placement, the proximity of tooth roots and existing or potential implants to nerves, blood vessels, and sinus cavities. With a CBCT scan a computer generated guide or template can be produced that provides for optimal implant placement to support single crowns, bridges, or full arch restorations. We use the KaVo ORTHOPANTOMOGRAPH OP 3D.

Digital Photography

We employ digital photographs to document the condition of your teeth and of your smile both before and after treatment.  The digital photograph is displayed on the computer monitor so that you can see what we are seeing, and thereby better understand the treatment that we recommend.