Dr. Nikki Ancona has the experience and credentials you should look for when considering a dentist that uses a laser.
Dedicated to life-long learning, Dr. Nikki has averaged 70 continuing education credit hours (per licensing period) throughout her career; the minimum requirements for the state of California are 50 continuing education credit hours per licensing period!
I’ve had a “gummy” smile my entire life. It’s been a point of insecurity for me to the point where I’d smile with my mouth closed for pictures. I came here looking for information regarding a gingivectomy to eliminate some of the excess gum covering my teeth and I was able to get the procedure done that same afternoon. I was blown away by the results! My smile has drastically improved and I haven’t been able to resist looking at my smile every time I’m around a mirror. The staff here are professional and knowledgeable regarding cosmetic procedures like the one I had done. I highly recommend.
Dr. Nikki Ancona has a high-tech laser dentistry office located in Montclair.
As dentistry evolves, state of the art dental technology and techniques are making their way to the forefront. In some cases, Laser Dentistry can replace the need for oral surgery. Laser dentistry is a less invasive, more precise solution used to address a wide selection of dental concerns. Laser dentistry reduces recovery and downtime and provides an ideal solution for periodontal disease and gum contouring. Dr. Nikki uses BIOLASE Waterlase Laser Dentistry when appropriate, offering the best possible patient experience and results.
LASER means “light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation.” This tool emits light energy in a very narrow and focused beam. When the light hits the soft or hard tissue, it can remove or reshape the tissue.
Dr. Nikki is a certified laser dentist with extensive qualifications and experience.
Waterlase is one of the premier forms of dental lasers. This award winning piece of dental technology is safe and gentle on patients for optimal satisfaction. Waterlase uses a combination of air, water and laser energy to remove enamel, dentin, or soft tissue gently. With the continuous spray of water, your tooth will stay hydrated which prevents the heat from causing discomfort. Your treatment will be virtually pain free!
Waterlase eliminates the need for drills which can be a source of fear for patients with dental anxiety. This laser technology is extremely precise, only removing the exact amount of tooth needed to get the job done. A traditional dental drill would require lots of grinding and drilling, which can cause the patient much discomfort. Since it is so precise and gentle, treatments that once required local anesthetic now do not. Also, this will shorten the amount of time you will spend in the dental chair. Your dentist can get all your dental needs done in a single visit.
Photo showing the Biolase iPlus Laser Platinum
Patients who receive laser dentistry can expect a minimally invasive and quick procedure. Patients can return to their daily activities after receiving laser dentistry. In addition to the many benefits of laser dentistry, Waterlase can be an excellent treatment solution for patients with dental fear and anxiety. Many of our patients have regained their oral health with this addition and the elimination of the dental drill that would buzz in their mouth causing anxiety. Waterlase is gentle, yet powerful, eliminating the need for loud, noisy drills. Dr. Nikki will consult with you to determine if laser dentistry is applicable to your specific case. Dr. Nikki will create a personalized treatment plan based on your need.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
Now you might realize why dentists are investing in this cutting-edge technology. Here’s a list of the advantages of undergoing a laser treatment:
Laser dentistry has many clinical advantages as well, especially in soft tissues procedures. It reduces bleeding and swelling, and, as a consequence, the healing process is much quicker. Patients always highlight how quickly and pain-free laser treatments are.
Solea is a dental laser that replaces the dental drill in the majority of procedures in our practice. In fact, nearly every patient skips anesthesia because they just don’t need it.
The majority of 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.
Common Hard Tissue Procedures:
Common Soft Tissue Procedures:
How long does laser surgery take to heal?
Typical healing times for laser gum surgery are around 2-4 weeks depending on the severity of the issue that was being treated. Recovery times may differ depending on the procedure itself.
Other Laser Procedures:
Are dental laser treatments painful?
There is often very little discomfort when undergoing a laser deep cleaning procedure. Additionally, most patients don’t need to undergo any anesthesia when sitting for a laser deep cleaning procedure.