Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and stay safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 704-364-9000. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Porter and Team

Diode laser

Diode Laser

Conventional dental or gum surgery is often painful and requires a long recovery.

Diode lasers can be used in many procedures to reduce treatment times, improve precision, and lessen discomfort during recovery.

So what makes treatment with a diode laser such a good choice?

Diode laser

Laser Dentistry Offers a Wide Range of Benefits

Versatile Use

Diode lasers have many uses in dentistry. Your doctor can use this device to treat everything from canker sores and gum disease to stained or discolored teeth.

Highly Precise Treatment

Using a diode laser, your dentist can precisely target a problem area and vaporize it without affecting nearby tissue.

Fewer Side Effects

The heat produced by the laser during treatment simultaneously sterilizes and cauterizes the treatment area, minimizing bleeding and lowering the risk of infection.

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What Is a Diode Laser?

Also known as an injection laser, this device is a semiconductor which produces a controlled burst of energy. Diode lasers are small and operate at a much lower intensity than conventional lasers, making them easy to adapt to dentistry. This type of laser is used in a range of technologies, including fiber optic systems, CD and DVD players, laser printers, remote-control devices, and barcode readers. 

Diode laser

The Details of Your Procedure Will Depend on the Condition Being Treated

Treatments performed with diode lasers are often quicker and cause less discomfort.
Treatments performed with diode lasers are often quicker and cause less discomfort.

Sedation

Your doctor will provide local anesthesia to help you stay comfortable. While most patients do not need sedation for laser procedures, you can discuss your options with your doctor.

Treatment

Procedures performed with dental lasers are very similar to traditional treatments. However, you won't experience the vibrations or discomfort associated with conventional tools.

Post-Op

Dental lasers cause much fewer post-operative symptoms. Bleeding and discomfort are significantly reduced making your recovery process easier.

When Performed by a Skilled Professional, Laser Dentistry Has High Success Rates

The Cost of Laser Dentistry Depends on the Type of Procedure

In many cases, treatment with a laser is more cost-effective because the procedures are more precise and can yield better results. However, some insurance plans do not cover the use of a diode laser for certain procedures. In addition, if you receive a cosmetic treatment with a laser, the cost will be greater.

When deciding whether to choose to use a diode laser during treatment, it is important to weigh the increased comfort and decreased complication risk with the cost. For example, using a laser may reduce the amount of sedation you need, saving you money on anesthesia fees. 

Anesthesia Fees Retreatment Insurance
Dental Laser Typically only local anesthesia Lower risk of complication Not always covered
Conventional Treatment May require additional sedation May require follow-up for complications Covered for medically necessary treatments

Contact a Doctor

Diode lasers offer a range of benefits over conventional surgical methods. To find out whether a laser can be used to improve your treatment experience, contact a doctor today.

Dr. Porter

Charles A. Porter III, DDS

Dr. Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society 

To schedule your consultation, contact our Charlotte office online or call us at (704) 364-9000.

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