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Laser Dentistry in Indian Trail, North Carolina

Richard M. Holmes DMD PA offers laser dentistry, sedation, and other general and cosmetic dentistry services from his Indian Trail, North Carolina office. Supported by a knowledgeable, professional, and friendly staff, our gentle dental practice can provide the service anyone needs, with none of the anxiety.

IV Sedation Dentistry

No matter how gentle we promise to be, we still see patients who are terrified of any kind of dental work. Even a simple checkup can make people tremble with fear.

Oral hygiene and dental care are essential to your body's health. We want to ensure that you get the treatment you need without the anxiety you would normally feel during a visit.

Moderate conscious sedation is a safe, comfortable way to have your teeth cared for. With sedation dentistry, as it's commonly called, you won't feel any pain or discomfort in fact, you might not even remember the treatment you've received!

However, sleep sedation is not like general anesthesia, which is extreme and unnecessary for lesser dental procedures. Your heart rate and oxygen levels are carefully monitored throughout the entire procedure. Before you know it, you'll be ready to go home with a healthy mouth and a bright smile!

Woman at The Dentist —  Cosmetic Dentistry in Indian Trail, NC
Kid at The Dentist — Cosmetic Dentistry in Indian Trail, NC

Laser Dentistry

Dental procedures involving lasers might sound like something from science fiction, but for a growing number of dentists, it is today's reality. Laser dentistry is providing safer, more comfortable dental treatment for millions of patients.

Lasers give us more precision and control, and it takes a fraction of the time of traditional dentistry. Laser dentistry can eliminate the need for anesthesia, excessive bleeding and stitches after surgery, as well as reducing tissue damage, risk of infection, and length of recovery time.

With Laser Dentistry

  • Gums Are Reshaped without Cutting
  • Cavities Are Found without All the Poking or Prodding and Are Filled without Anesthesia or Drilling
  • Benign Tumors Can Be Removed from the Mouth Area without Stitches
  • Teeth Whitening Can Be Performed in Record Time
  • Sensitivity to Hot/Cold Sensations Can Be Eliminated
  • Sleep Apnea Can Be Cured
  • Cold Sores Heal Quickly and Painlessly
While laser dentistry cannot be practiced on replacing crowns or onlays, there are dozens of applications for this new technology. Depending on the type of dental procedure you need, we'll be able to discuss whether laser technology is right for you.


What Is Dental Bonding?
A favored procedure for minor dental corrections, bonding—also known as composite bonding—is a quick and affordable way to correct a variety of dental flaws such as
  • Cracks
  • Discoloration
  • Gaps
  • Tooth Decay
  • Low Bite Pressure (Caused by Short or Uneven Teeth)
If you have any of these dental issues you may be a good candidate for bonding.
How Does Bonding Work?
After inspecting the tooth in question, your dentist will select a color for the composite resin (the material used in bonding) that most closely matches your tooth. He or she will then roughen the outer layer of your tooth, removing a minimal amount of tooth enamel, and apply a strong adhesive that will help the resin stick. Your dentist will then shape the resin to fill in any cracks or gaps or change the contours of your tooth. Afterwards, a dental laser is used to "bond" the material to your tooth. A local anesthetic is generally only required when tooth decay or nerve damage is involved.

How Long Does Bonding Take?
Dental bonding can be performed in a single visit, unless you're having several teeth bonded. The procedure usually takes between 1-2 hours. If you're having your teeth lengthened, it might take a few days for you to get accustomed to them.

How Long Does Bonding Last?
The composite resin used in bonding can last up to 10 years before it needs to be repaired or replaced.


Dental Crowns
Depending on the type of treatment you have received for your dental problem, it might be necessary to
  • Have Your Tooth Restored to Its Original Size and Shape
  • Supply Additional Physical Support for the Treated Tooth
  • Get a Complete "Makeover" on the Affected Tooth
  • For Cases like These, a Crown is the Most Logical Option.
While inlays and outlays cover the chewing surface of the tooth and fillings fill in the empty interior space of the tooth, crowns completely cover every visible part of the tooth—which is why they are sometimes referred to as "caps." A part of your tooth remains but is essentially "rebuilt" to resemble the tooth at its exterior best.

While porcelain crowns certainly can improve the look of a tooth or multiple teeth, it is recommended only in conjunction with prior repair of the tooth and not simply for cosmetic purposes.

Dental Bridges

Having one or more missing teeth can have a serious effect not only on your smile, but also on your dental health. Specifically, missing teeth can cause
  • A Shift in the Alignment of Your Teeth
  • Increased Risk of Periodontal Disease
  • Increased Risk of Tooth Decay
  • Loss of Adjacent Teeth
  • Speech Disorders
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
What Are Dental Bridges?
Like dental implants, dental bridges are used to replace a missing tooth, except bridges are supported by the teeth on either side called abutment teeth.

For all your dental needs, you want a family dentist that you can trust, and you want the least amount of pain possible. For that, Richard M. Holmes DMD PA is the right choice for your family's dental needs!
Schedule an appointment today and find out what dentistry without the anxiety can be like!