At Southeast Smiles, we believe the health of your mouth and teeth contributes to your body’s overall well-being. A daily regimen of brushing and flossing is necessary to keep your smile looking its best and visiting your local dentist for an exam and teeth cleaning is an important part of this routine. The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist every six months to help ensure your teeth stay healthy and your smile stays beautiful for years to come.
Cleaning and Exam
Our highly trained and experienced hygienists at Southeast Smiles carefully clean your teeth with a variety of dental tools to remove any tartar from your teeth followed by flossing and ending with a polishing compound and fluoride application. A full periodontal evaluation with gum measurements is performed to assess whether your gums are healthy or inflamed due to periodontal disease (gum disease) that results in bone loss.
Dr. Panchal begins your oral exam by inspecting your teeth to evaluate the condition of your existing dental work and determine whether you have any cavities. He will also review x-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums, which will help determine the extent of your dental issues not visible to the naked eye.
Cleanings are a routine procedure recommended at least twice a year or more if you are diagnosed with periodontal disease. If Dr. Panchal finds tooth decay or gum disease, he will discuss ways to improve your brushing or flossing habits. In severe cases, he may recommend further dental treatments.
By routinely seeing your dentist for dental exams & cleanings you can:
- Prevent Tooth Decay, Bad Breath & Gum Disease
- Avoid Costly & Painful Dental Procedures
- Keep Your Teeth Whiter
- Have A Smile That Will Last A Lifetime
Dental sealants are a protective coating that seal the grooves and crevices, typically for pre-molars and molars. The sealants create a shield to protect your teeth from decay caused by food and plaque. Our experienced providers may recommend sealants for children and teenagers, especially as their adult teeth come in. It is a quick and painless application that will defend your teeth for years to come!
What is the Solea® Laser?
The Solea® is an FDA approved laser system that is used to treat hard and soft tissue dental concerns. By utilizing state of the art technology, Dr. Panchal is able to treat patients quickly, quietly, and without needles or anesthesia.
Solea treatments are safe and effective for treating the oral health needs of children and adult patients. The unique wavelength of light energy reduces the risk of infection while improving end results and reducing discomfort, swelling and bleeding.
No Needle Fillings with the Solea® Laser
With our Solea® Laser, Dr. Panchal can quickly complete your fillings without the use of needles or anesthesia. No more feeling numb after leaving our office! Dr. Panchal can detect tooth decay in its early stages during one of your regular dental exams and we can complete your tooth colored fillings that will protect the compromised tooth from further decay and infection.
The Solea® Laser has allowed Dr. Panchal to successfully treat patients with dental anxiety. Many of the factors that make patients anxious such as the drill, needles, and noise are eliminated, allowing him to deliver faster, pain-free, and quiet treatments. It is great for children and helping them become compliant with treatment at an early age by removing the obstacles they once feared.
Patients love how fast and efficient the Solea® Laser makes their treatment and most importantly pain free! Over 95% of our patients say they prefer it over the traditional drill and needle method. Give us a call to learn more and we will be glad to get you scheduled
What is the Solea® Sleep?
Solea® Sleep is a non-invasive laser treatment that will improve the quality of sleep by gently tightening tissue in your soft palate and reducing vibrations that cause you to snore. Unlike surgical procedures that require incisions, stiches, and long recoveries, Solea Sleep is a non-surgical laser treatment with no recovery time and immediate relief.
Why is Solea® Sleep important?
67% of adults snore – which means a large part of a general dentist’s patient population snores. Snoring can affect all aspects of a patient’s life, including their health and relationships. Until Solea Sleep, patients’ options were limited.
Snoring can dramatically affect the quantity and quality of a person’s sleep. Restful sleep is essential for both physical and mental health, and even contributes to an improved immune system. Poor sleep can negatively affect a person’s moods, concentration, and stress levels. Poor sleep can also raise the risk for some chronic health problems, including diabetes, depression, and heart disease.
Snoring also has negative effects on personal relationships. The non-snoring partner often feels frustrated and angry that their loved one is keeping them from a good night’s sleep, and couples can end up sleeping in different bedrooms.
Solea Sleep allows dentists to offer a fast, painless, single-session solution for patients who snore with long-lasting results, leading to more restful sleep for both the patient and their partner.
How does Solea® Sleep work?
Solea Sleep provides rapid relief for snoring by tightening the soft palate and reducing vibrations that cause patients to snore. Laser energy disrupts the cross-linking of collagen fibers in the tissue layers of the soft palate, causing collagen to contract and increasing the stiffness of the tissue. Cells and collagen, now in closer proximity, may also form new connections that further increase tissue stiffness over time. By tightening these tissue layers, Solea Sleep reduces the vibrations that cause patients to snore.
The penetration depth of Solea in soft tissue makes all the difference. Solea efficiently delivers energy to deeper tissue layers that contain high concentrations of collagen without ablating superficial tissue layers. The tissue is gently warmed at the perfect depth in the soft palate, resulting in rapid contraction and instant results.
Call us today and start enjoying a better night’s sleep for you and your partner!
Inlays and Onlays are ceramic/porcelain or even special dental composite used for a longer lasting restoration for larger areas of decay. If your cavities are too large to complete a traditional tooth colored filling or if you need to replace an old filling, Dr. Panchal may discuss either an inlay or onlay to improve the strength of the tooth and help seal it from further decay.
Crowns and Bridges
Dr. Panchal can create same day beautiful crowns using CEREC technology. Crowns (also knowns as “caps”) provide restorations for cosmetic, decayed, broken, or missing teeth. If you have more than one tooth in an area, Dr. Panchal can also discuss the option of a bridge to restore your smile. Both crowns and bridges can help you regain proper function, oral health, and aesthetics of your teeth.
Before and After Crowns and Bridges
Porcelain Veneers are very thin facings that are placed on top of your teeth to change their size, color or shape. We make sure your veneers will look natural, it’s our specialty! It takes a combination of skill, experience, and artistry to make veneers that not only match your natural teeth but also provide you with a smile that is right for you.
Porcelain veneers have many applications and can be used to correct a variety of issues with your teeth:
- Badly Shaped Teeth
- Crooked Teeth
- Broken Or Chipped Teeth
- Yellow, Stained, or Discolored Teeth
- Gaps Between Your Teeth
Whether it is crowns, bridges, or veneers, Dr. Panchal can implement a combination to help you create your perfect smile makeover. At Southeast Smiles we have helped hundreds of patients restore their smile and teeth to their natural beauty and function so that they can eat, talk, and smile with confidence!
Before and After Veneers
Do you wake up with jaw pain or notice your teeth seemed to be getting shorter? You may grind or clench in your sleep causing headaches, pain, and discomfort. At Southeast Smiles we can help provide comfort, eliminate the pain, and protect your teeth from further damage by creating a custom-fit night guard perfect for you.
A night guard has several benefits which include:
- Protecting your restorations from damage, especially porcelain crowns which can crack under excessive force
- Creating a barrier to minimize wearing of your teeth overtime
- Help improve the position of the jaw, managing TMJ disorders, headaches, and aching jaw muscles
There are several night guard options available and Dr. Panchal will discuss which will be the right fit for you to address your concerns and protect your teeth.
If you or anyone in your family plays contact sports such as football, hockey, soccer etc., it is advised they have a mouth guard to protect their mouth/teeth and prevent injury or permanent damage. Come in and we will take your impressions and get set up with the protection you need to preserve your smile!
Sleep Apnea Oral Application Devices
Do you keep your partner up all night with your snoring or wake up feeling groggy? You may have mild to moderate sleep apnea that can be easily treated with an oral appliance. Dr. Panchal will work closely with your physician to determine if an oral sleep apnea device is the right choice for you. Once your physician prescribes a sleep apnea oral application device, Dr. Panchal will fit you for the right device to ensure you are comfortable.
A sleep apnea oral application device is:
- Similar to a mouth guard or retainer, it is made out of acrylic covering both top and bottom teeth
- Opens your airway by bringing your lower jaw forward during sleep
- Only worn at night while you sleep
- Comfortable and easy to wear
- Easy to maintain and use
- Quiet, without cords or machines to worry about
- Small and portable for travel