Use of a Laser in the Dental Office

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Monica Boniadi, DDS, established her private dental practice, Laser & Cosmetic Dental, to deliver state- of- art dental care to the community in and around Laguna Hills, California. The winner of numerous awards from the Consumers’ Research Council of America, Dr. Monica Boniadi takes advantage of laser technology in her dentistry practice.

Dental professionals have been using lasers in their work since the early 1990s. Lasers are used primarily to cut or vaporize hard or soft tissue. For example, lasers can clear decay from a tooth and prepare the surrounding area to receive a filling. Lasers can also harden fillings.

Lasers are very useful for reshaping gums and removing bacteria during root canal therapy. They are also useful for the removal of small samples of tissue–called biopsies–to be examined for cancer. Lasers can diminish the pain of canker sores and remove mouth lesions. Additionally, dentists use lasers to speed in-house tooth whitening procedures.

There are several benefits to using lasers in dental procedures. They usually cause less pain, reducing or eliminating the need for anesthetic for some procedures. A highly precise tool, lasers have been documented to control bleeding during surgery and reduce healing times and symptoms following various procedures.

The Two Types of Dental Lasers

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Dentist and owner of Laser & Cosmetic Dental Institute of Orange County, Monica Boniadi, DDS, won the Consumer’s Research Council of America award for cosmetic dentistry in 2000, and for laser dentistry in 2010. At her practice, Dr. Monica Boniadi performs all aspects of dentistry, from oral surgery and Invisalign to laser dentistry.

Laser dentistry allows for more comfortable dental treatments that are shorter and more precise. There are two basic types of dental lasers: soft tissue and hard tissue. Hard tissue lasers are primarily used for cutting into teeth and bone for shaping the teeth. They are also used for removing small amounts of the teeth or fixing dental fillings that have become worn. Hard tissue lasers use a specific wavelength that is highly absorbable by water and the calcium phosphate salt that is found in teeth and bone, allowing for highly efficient tooth cutting.

Soft tissue lasers are commonly used for gum reshaping treatments and muscle attachment improvements. They seal blood vessels and nerve endings by penetrating soft tissues within the mouth. Soft tissue lasers promote faster healing and allow for minimal pain after surgery. The wavelengths for soft tissue lasers are highly absorbable by hemoglobin and water, allowing them to perform soft tissue treatments with minimal damage.

The Benefits of OCDS Membership

Monica Boniadi, DDS, is the owner and dentist of the Laser and Cosmetic Dental Institute of Orange County. Dedicated to staying up to date on the newest developments and advancements within the field of dentistry, Dr. Monica Boniadi is a member of several professional organizations, including the Orange County Dental Society (OCDS).

A component of the California Dental Association (CDA), the OCDS is the largest of that group’s 32 dental society components and is committed to advancing dental ethics and excellence. There are several benefits to becoming a member of the OCDS. Following are just a few of these opportunities and benefits.

– Social events: OCDS members have the opportunity to attend the organization’s various events. This includes its Hospitality in Anaheim event; the OCDS Night with the Angels; and its various Membership Mixers. Registration for these events is free for members, and the Hospitality in Anaheim event allows members to earn continuing education credits.

– Networking: members may communicate with the organization on Facebook and Twitter, and have access to the OCDS’ newly designed website. Additionally, they may download the organization’s mobile app, which provides members with such things as a calendar of events, online registration, and a membership directory.

– Educational opportunities: the OCDS maintains a continuing education program that includes six lectures for members. It also offers courses about infection control and the California Dental Practice Act for various licenses, as well as a two-day seminar that is available to members. Further, members are invited to the OCDS’ New Dentist Committee Presents event.

Oral Hygiene Tips at MouthHealthy.org

Monica Boniadi, DDS, has served in a dental practice ownership role for almost 20 years. In addition to operating her own office, Dr. Monica Boniadi maintains affiliations with several industry organizations, including the American Dental Association.

The American Dental Association (ADA) has implemented an ADA Seal of Acceptance to recognize products that have a positive effect on a person’s oral health and hygiene. As part of this initiative, the ADA has developed the award-winning website MouthHealthy.org. This website provides individuals with important information on dental care for every phase of life, detailing maintenance strategies that address issues from infancy to the later stages of adulthood.

For many people, oral hygiene takes on a new meaning around the age of 40, for example. In the years prior to turning 40 an adult should monitor possible tooth decay, a condition often associated with children or seniors, to prevent decay and other tooth and gum diseases. After the age of 40, new concerns set in, such as missing teeth. It is not uncommon for individuals at this age to be missing as many as three teeth, an issue that can be remedied simply by a visit to the dentist’s office.

Laser Teeth Whitening Provides Dramatic Results

Dr. Monica Boniadi has over 20 years of clinical experience in general dentistry, dental surgery, and cosmetic dentistry. At her practice, Laser and Cosmetic Dental Institute of Orange County, Monica Boniadi, DDS, offers patients regular dental procedures and surgeries like crowns, fillings, root canals, dentures, and teeth straightening, and she also specializes in laser dentistry procedures such as laser whitening.

There are a number of teeth whitening options available to consumers, but the fastest and most effective whitening treatment is the laser-activated procedure administered in dental offices. For this in-office procedure, a bleaching agent is applied to the teeth, and over 30 to 60 minutes, a special laser is used to enhance the chemical whitening process. Laser whitening extends beyond surface stains to remove stains deep within teeth. While self-administered whitening products such as whitening toothpastes generally only lighten the color of teeth by one shade, laser whitening can make a difference of up to eight shades after a few treatments.

People with cavities and dental repairs such as fillings and crowns who undergo whitening treatments may experience tooth sensitivity or uneven whitening. Additionally, most dentists do not recommend whitening for pregnant women or children under the age of 16.

Veneers Improve the Appearance of Teeth

Working out of her own practice in Laguna Hills, California, Monica Boniadi, DDS, offers a wide range of dental procedures. To improve the appearance of teeth, Dr. Monica Boniadi provides many options at her office, including veneers.

Dental veneers consist of thin layers of either resin composite or porcelain. Dentists place them on the front surfaces of discolored teeth. Porcelain veneers are thicker than resin veneers and more resistant to stains. However, resins require less removal of enamel. Veneers enhance several dental conditions, in addition to discoloration. The process can restore chipped, broken, or worn-down teeth. It can also improve the look of uneven, improperly aligned, or gapped teeth.

Veneering generally takes three office visits to complete. The dentist will take off just half a millimeter of enamel, almost the same as the thickness of the veneer, and make a mold to send to the dental lab. After trimming the veneer for a precise fit, the dentist will prepare the tooth by etching and polishing. The veneer is then cemented on.

Monica Boniadi, DDS – New Recommendations about Fluoride

A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry, Monica Boniadi, DDS, cares for patients at her Laguna Hills facility, Laser & Cosmetic Dental Institute of Orange County, Inc. In practice for 18 years, Dr. Boniadi features implant crowns, oral pathology, root canals, and veneers. Pediatric dentistry ranks among Monica Boniadi’s numerous offerings and, thus, she regularly monitors developments in pediatric dentistry.

In February 2014, the American Dental Association issued a statement regarding the use of fluoride toothpaste for children. For many years, the organization recommended that children brush their teeth solely with water until six years old and then use a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. However, nearly 25% of all children have cavities by the time they reach kindergarten. Moreover, the February edition of the Journal of the American Dental Association published a report saying that brushing with fluoride toothpaste had significant benefits in stopping tooth decay for people of all ages.

Under the group’s new recommendations, children younger than three should receive a “smear” of toothpaste. From three to six, they should use toothpaste around the size of a grain of rice. The American Dental Association also warns that regular consumption of this amount of toothpaste may cause dental fluorosis, or staining of the tooth enamel, so parents should teach children to spit as soon as possible.