Some Common FAQs for Dentists

Our extensive experience in the holistic dentistry and mercury-free dental field has allowed us to identify some of the most common questions patients may have when they are coming to our office or looking for dentists nearby. We’ve put a list together here to field a bulk of the commonly asked questions in the dental arena.

What is laser dentistry?

A relatively new technology, laser dentistry began in the 90’s. Laser dentistry is when we use an instrument that produces an intense, narrow beam of light. At Susquehanna Dental Arts, we primarily use it to treat gum disease and perform less invasive soft tissue surgery.

What is DIAGNodent?

You may be used to the typical dentist “pick” they use on your teeth. This has been upgraded thanks to laser dentistry, and this laser device allows us to detect cavities hidden in places that regular x-rays can’t. Often the DIAGNodent laser can replace the pick you are used to by offering superior sensitivity and accuracy as studies have demonstrated. This allows us to find decay at an earlier stage when it can be treated conservatively.

What is Invisalign, and will it work for me?

Invisalign is a clear set of braces that are custom-made to align your teeth. These smooth and comfortable braces gently and gradually shift your teeth based on a personalized plan. Even though this is a simple concept, it requires hi-tech computer modeling software coupled with robotic aligner fabrication. If you’re interested in exploring whether Invisalign is right for you, please contact us.

Invisalign is best used for ages 17 and up.Invisalign vs Braces

I need to replace a missing tooth or missing teeth, where should I start?

We offer mini implants, also referred to as minimally invasive implants. These implants have revolutionized treatment options. If you’re tired of loose dentures, or need teeth replaced, implants are likely the best choice for you. We’ll help match you up with the right dental procedure based on your unique situation.

Can I save my tooth?

Sometimes a porcelain crown can save your tooth. Other times bonded porcelain veneers can give you a new smile and change your life, so talk with our experienced dental staff to see if this would be an option for you.

How safe are the x-rays?

Dental x-rays have progressed greatly in the last couple of years. No longer do you need to hold little films while dentists take your picture. Today we have digital x-ray sensors that require much less exposure than conventional film. These require exposure to very low levels of radiation.

We hope these common questions are of service to you, but encourage you to reach out and let us know if there’s anything else we can answer for you. If you’re interested in any of these services, we’ll be happy to discuss treatment options with you as well. Simply give us a call at 717-285-7033.