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By Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, DDS, Inc.
January 17, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Laser Dentistry ProcedureHow your dentist in Redlands, CA, can help your smile

You might not think too much about the benefits of laser dentistry, but if you care about your smile, dental lasers are important. The truth is lasers have revolutionized dentistry, making treatment easier and faster, with results that are far better than using traditional, old-school “drilling and filling” technology. Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts in Redlands, CA, uses dental lasers as part of her outstanding dental services.


More about Laser Dentistry

Just consider these important ways laser dentistry can benefit you:

  • Lasers are faster than dental handpieces, allowing completion of treatment in less time.
  • Lasers are quieter and more comfortable, giving you a more relaxed, enjoyable appointment.
  • Lasers are more exact, helping to conserve tooth structure and provide more conservative treatment.

Dental lasers are used in many different areas of dentistry, as well. For example:

  • For diagnosis, lasers can detect decay far earlier than conventional methods. That means decay can be treated much earlier, with a smaller filling, and a better outcome for you.
  • For soft tissue screening, lasers can detect abnormalities in tissue, lesions, and other evidence of precancerous or cancerous changes. Cancer is best treated in the early stages, and dental lasers make a huge difference.
  • For gum and periodontal therapy, lasers can recontour and reshape your gums, giving you a more aesthetically pleasing smile. They can also kill bacteria associated with periodontal disease and aid tissue healing.
  • For restorative treatment, lasers are more precise in removing decayed and diseased tooth structure, creating a more intact surface for filling placement. Furthermore, less tooth structure is removed during treatment, minimizing the damage to your tooth.

Dental lasers are the conservative way to practice dentistry. They provide a comfortable, relaxing appointment with minimal downtime for you. For more detailed information about lasers in dentistry, please visit the Laser Dentistry section on the website at


Interested? Give Us a Call!

If you care about your smile and want a more relaxed, easier dental appointment, you owe it to yourself to discover what laser dentistry can do for you. To find out more, call (909) 793-9711 to make an appointment with Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts in Redlands, CA, today!

By Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, DDS, Inc.
November 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

We’ve developed a number of effective treatments for periodontal (gum) disease. Depending on how far and deep a patient’s infection has advanced, treatment can be quite invasive and even require surgery. The more invasive, the longer and more uncomfortable the healing process can be.

But using a medical laser could make that less so. Although its use for gum disease treatment is still in its infancy, the latest observations from the field seem to show patients undergoing laser treatment may have less tissue trauma and bleeding, less discomfort after the procedure and quicker healing times.

Gum disease is a bacterial infection mostly caused by dental plaque, a thin film of food particles that build up on teeth in the absence of effective oral hygiene. The infection can advance deep below the gum line, weakening gum attachment to teeth and destroying supporting bone. Ultimately the affected teeth can be lost.

Traditionally, the only way to stop the disease is to manually remove plaque buildup on teeth and gum surfaces, which is continuing to sustain the infection, with special hand instruments called scalers or ultrasonic equipment. Because it’s important to remove as much plaque and diseased tissue as possible, we may need to perform a surgical procedure called flap surgery to move some of the gum tissues out of the way to get to these deeper areas. As with any surgery, this can create tissue trauma that may cause discomfort during the healing process.

Our new alternative is to use an Nd:YAG medical laser in a procedure known as Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure or LANAP. With light energy delivered through a small fiber no more than the width of three human hairs, the laser can pinpoint diseased tissue and destroy bacteria through intense heat. Because of the laser beam’s tiny width and pulsing action, healthy tissue is at less risk for trauma than with the traditional treatment.

Coupled with other techniques, LANAP procedures could remove as much infected tissue and plaque as traditional methods, but with less healthy tissue trauma. In the future, then, patients with advanced gum disease undergoing laser treatment could have less bleeding and discomfort and faster healing times.

If you would like more information on treating gum disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Treating Gum Disease with Lasers.”

By Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, DDS, Inc.
March 03, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: laser dentistry  

Discover some of the advantages of choosing laser dentistry.

When people think of the reasons why they don’t like the dentist, many fear the sound and the pain associated with the dental drill. If laser dentistryyou’ve ever had a dental procedure that used a drill, perhaps it has you steering clear of your Redlands, CA dentist Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts more than you should. But now, we offer a painless way to get the treatment you need without needing a dental drill. Find out more about laser dentistry and if it’s right for you.

What problems can laser dentistry treat?

It’s important to know that while laser dentistry can certainly handle a lot of dental issues, it isn’t right for all treatments. Laser dentistry in Redlands, CA can remove tooth decay, as well as bone or gum tissue, while leaving the areas surrounding it unaffected. Besides removing decay or disease gum tissue (to treat gum disease), it can also remove lesions for biopsies and can whiten teeth faster.

What are the pros of using a laser for your dental procedure?

When comparing our lasers to traditional drills you can expect,

  • Less pain and less need for anesthesia
  • To feel less anxiety and fear as you would if we were using a drill
  • Less bleeding and swelling after treatment
  • Less pain after your procedure, which can often reduce the need for pain medications
  • Using a precise laser rather than a regular dental drill conserves more of your tooth’s healthy structure
  • A reduced risk of hairline fractures in teeth with laser than with standard dental drills

Laser dentistry makes it easier and more convenient for patients to get healthier smiles without having to worry about the pain, heat and pressure that you might experience with a dental drill.

Want to know more about laser dentistry in Redlands, CA and how it can benefit your smile? Then it’s time you called Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, DDS, Inc. to protect your oral health for life.