A Change for the Happier
The miracle we’ve both been waiting for is here: Solea. Now available to you, Solea is a powerful dental laser that replaces the dental drill for many procedures in our practice. In fact, nearly every patient skips anesthesia because they just don’t need it. Solea is our way of keeping you happy. Because more than anything, we love to see you smile.
What is Solea?
Solea is the first CO2 dental laser system cleared by the FDA for hard, soft and osseous tissue procedures. It was developed in Boston, Massachusetts by Convergent Dental, based on research conducted at the University of California School of Dentistry. Solea offers a unique wavelength guided by sophisticated computers to deliver virtually painless dental procedures for both teeth and gums from simple cavities to complex surgeries. The experience is so unique that you will find it hard to believe you were just at a dental appointment.
Many of the hard and soft tissue procedures in our office are done with virtually no anesthesia and soft tissue procedures are done with virtually no bleeding. Blood-free and anesthesia-free procedures represent a major leap forward in dentistry, as we are able to execute multi-quadrant dentistry, fillings on the fly and soft tissue procedures in a single appointment. What does that mean for you, our patients? You are now able to receive the care you need in a fraction of the time. When patients have anesthesia they typically leave the office with that numb feeling still prevalent. With Solea, you are able to go right out to lunch or back to work without that numb sensation following your appointment. Solea is truly changing what it means to go to the dentist.
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Even if it’s been a long time since you’ve been to the dentist, it’s never too late to get back into the routine. We will arrange for you to have a thorough and educational exam where your comfort is our top priority!
Regular teeth cleanings are critical to maintaining strong teeth and gums. Clean teeth and healthy gums are also essential to maintaining a healthy mind and body. We recommend that you have your teeth cleaned at least twice per year, which is in line with recommendations by the Academy of General Dentistry. Call today to schedule your next dental cleaning appointment.
Periodontal or gum disease can lead to a host of problems if left untreated, up to and including the loss of your natural teeth. Dr. Rochefort can provide you with a full examination to determine if you have periodontal disease, and then can recommend various options for keeping your periodontal care in check.
Oral cancer is best treated when it’s caught early. We complete routine oral cancer screenings to check for signs of pathology and to keep you informed of your oral health status. Catching disease early increases positive outcomes and can prevent many cancers from developing further. Call to learn more about the oral cancer screening process and to schedule your next appointment.
We use digital radiography which emits lower levels of radiation compared to traditional film x-rays. They also allow easy and rapid help in diagnosing dental concerns. From identifying cavities to monitoring for oral cancer and conditions, these x-rays will ensure an accurate dental diagnosis and treatment plan.
We all make a point to review with patients how to properly brush, floss, rinse, and otherwise care for their smiles at home. Dr. Rochefort recommends that you brush your teeth for two to three minutes, twice per day and floss once a day. A regular toothbrush works okay, but an electric one works even better! Ask Dr. Rochefort or your hygienist at your next appointment for the latest tips on caring for your teeth, gums, and oral health.
Dental sealants are thin coatings applied to the biting surfaces of teeth to cover the pits and grooves where bacteria like to thrive. These areas are prime areas for opportunistic decay. Even regular brushing can sometimes miss some of these intricate structures on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Dental sealants can help keep your teeth protected.
When tooth decay is detected or when teeth are cracked, a dental filling can help to repair and retain the tooth’s structure. This prevents further injury and keeps bacteria at bay, leading to healthier teeth. We use a number of materials including tooth-colored fillings, so you’ll remain cavity-free with better aesthetics.
Onlays and veneers are designed to alter the appearance of your teeth. These thin teeth coverings can change your teeth’s shape, color, and even fix gaps. Crowns help to protect the integrity of teeth and are also used in implant dentistry to give teeth a new and improved appearance. Bridges use existing teeth as anchors to fix large gaps in your smile, such as those caused by two or more missing teeth. Ask Dr. Rochefort about his cosmetic dentistry treatment options today!
Implants are the long-lasting and ultra-realistic dentistry option for the replacement of missing teeth. Dental implants consist of a titanium post that is inserted into your jawbone. Once your jawbone has healed, the implant will be affixed with a dental crown. Your implant will allow you to smile, eat your favorite foods, and speak as you would with your natural teeth.
In cases where teeth can’t be saved, we offer safe and comfortable dental extractions. We use the latest techniques to ensure your comfort and to reduce the chance of infection. In those cases where your gums are insufficient for various procedures, such as dental implants, we also offer tissue grafting, which will give your dentist more surface area to work with while providing you with a natural-looking gum replacement option.
When bacteria are able to infiltrate the tooth to the root, the tooth can become infected. To treat the infection and allow you to keep your tooth, Dr. Rochefort may perform endodontic therapy. Otherwise known as a root canal, this involves carefully removing the bacteria and infected material from the tooth, then filling it and capping it with a dental crown. Following this safe and routine procedure, your treated tooth will be stronger, healthier, and protected against future infection.
Dentures are one of the alternatives to replacing a number of missing teeth. Form-fitted to your mouth to ensure fit and comfort, dentures can help restore a semblance of your oral function. You can also ask Dr. Rochefort about alternatives involving implants to help retain or even replace dentures, giving you a new, stable, beautiful smile.
All it takes is a single accident during a sports practice or a game to wreak havoc on a person’s smile and oral health. Just ask Dr. Rochefort – he’s had to repair many teeth after a sports injury. Athletic mouth guards can be worn by athletes of any age. These dentist-recommended guards are form-fitted to the mouth to ensure comfort, safety, and a full set of teeth even during the toughest plays.
Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans each year and can lead to a host of problems, including sleepiness while driving. Bruxism or teeth grinding is another issue that affects many people and can lead to the wearing of teeth over time or TMJ pain and problems. Ask Dr. Rochefort about appliance therapy options for sleep apnea, teeth grinding, and other uses to protect your smile and improve your quality of life.
Teeth whitening by a dentistry expert and using the latest tools and techniques, including laser dentistry, can remove years from your appearance while giving you a whole new lease on life. Call to schedule your teeth whitening appointment today!
You should never wait when a dental emergency strikes. Call our office immediately the moment you experience a cracked tooth, split gums, or anything else that may affect your teeth, periodontal health, or overall oral health. At the office of James Rochefort DMD, we are always here to serve you.
You can retain a healthy mouth and teeth by following a regular oral care routine.
Talk to Dr. Rochefort or a dental hygienist about the current condition of your mouth, teeth, and gums. You should also discuss any medical conditions you might have that could affect your oral health, including cancer, pregnancy, heart disease, and diabetes.
Dr. Rochefort also recommends that you follow a daily dental care routine, use fluoride, remove plaque every day by flossing and rinsing, and limit sugar and starches. Other recommendations include quitting tobacco, paying daily attention to your mouth to catch abnormalities early, and to get to know your dentist just as you would your family physician.
We make it our goal to ensure your initial visit is comfortable and enjoyable, no matter what your treatment calls for.
We ask that you come in a little earlier on your first visit to fill out the necessary paperwork. We will then answer any questions while we treat you to a memorable dentistry experience.
Schedule your appointment today and see why patients choose us for their dental care needs.
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