The Smile Institute
Esthetic Family Dentistry | Stanley C. Tang, DDS
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Additional Services in Monroe, WA

Laser dentistry

Laser dentistry is a rapidly progressing technology that has various dental applications. At The Smile Institute, we use a laser to eliminate bacteria that can harbor and harm the gums. It is also helpful in preventing cross contamination of infections in one area of the oral cavity to other areas. We also use it in cosmetic procedures, crown preparation and surgical biopsy procedures. Recent studies have shown laser therapy to be effective for bleaching and TMJ therapy. Please ask us about these procedures.

TMJ/TMD Treatment

TMJ/TMD stands for temporomandibular joint and temporomandibular disorder, respectively. Patients with TMD can experience clicking, popping or grinding of one or both TMJ joints. Some experience clenching and/or grinding of their teeth. This can be accompanied by ear pain, headaches and/or neck pain. The Smile Institute has treated many patients with TMD using neuromuscular head and neck principles.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide sedation is commonly known as laughing gas and can help many patient relieve their dental anxiety. It is a very safe sedation process where the patient is still awake, but s/he will feel much less anxious during a dental procedure. The effects wear off almost immediately and there are no long-term side effects. There are only a few rare contraindications where nitrous is not recommended. We ask you to consult your dentist.