Air Abrasion

If you need a filling but want to avoid the needles and drills usually involved with the procedure, air abrasion could be your best option. A fairly new technology, air abrasion provides a more conservative alternative to the traditional tools used in treating certain small cavities. While cleaning and preparing teeth, it also allows us to preserve more of your natural tooth structure.

Unlike the traditional drills, which produce vibration and heat, air abrasion uses a high-pressure stream of tiny aluminum oxide particles. The particles bounce off the surface of the tooth, eliminating decay, and preparing the tooth for a filling. Air abrasion takes about a minute or so per tooth and usually requires little or no anesthetic, making it a great choice for children and adults.

Digital X-Rays

Technological advancements are an everyday occurrence in our world and dentistry is no exception. We’ve invested in a whole new way to look into your mouth, a procedure that’s fast comfortable and incredibly precise- digital X-rays. Digital radiography brings with it the benefits of traditional X-rays, but incorporates new dimensions of safety and convenience.


We all know the diagnostic importance of X-rays. The ability to see anatomical structures not visible with the naked eye gives dentists an innovative way of viewing a patient’s teeth. But radiation exposure is always a concern among patients and rightfully so. Now, digital X-rays not only provide us with clear, accurate images of your teeth, they also minimize radiation exposure, emitting up to 90% less than conventional X-rays.

Soft Tissue Laser


Laser dentistry offers hope to the three out of four Americans who suffer from gum disease, which is the most prominent cause of adult tooth loss in the country. While around 30% of the population are genetically susceptible to it, there are many risk factors for developing gum disease including smoking, pregnancy, puberty, stress, grinding teeth, poor nutrition, poor oral hygiene, and diabetes. Gum disease eats away soft tissue, destroying the essential bond between teeth and supporting gums. If left untreated, gum disease can advance, causing the jawbone to deteriorate.


When gum disease attacks, it causes the pockets around the tooth to deepen, allowing plaque and bacteria to sneak down onto the roots of your teeth. Depending on the severity of your case, Dr. Bass may recommend a deep cleaning to help reverse the condition. At Creekside Dental, we perform soft tissue laser therapy in addition to scaling and root planning.


A tiny sensor placed in your mouth emits a small amount of radiation, creating a digital image of your internal oral structures and giving Dr. Bass the opportunity to accurately diagnose your dental problems. What’s more, because the image is immediately viewable on a monitor in the operatory, you won’t have to leave the chair as you and Dr. Bass study the digital X-ray together. As the most important member of your dental team, you need to understand the condition of your mouth, as well as our recommendations for treatment. Digital radiographs help us help you.

Digital X-rays offer unparalleled benefits over traditional radiographs: they’re convenient, safe for the environment, provide a great opportunity for patient education, can be transferred and copied accurately, and best of all, they’re safer for our patients.


After making your comfortable with a mild anesthetic, we’ll clean and smooth out the tooth roots and irrigate pockets to wash away debris. Then we’ll use the soft tissue laser to disinfect the pocket, seal blood vessels, and promote healthy tissue reattachment around your teeth. There are numerous benefits to soft tissue laser therapy including:

Precise- Removes damaged tissue leaving healthy tissue in tact
More Comfortable- No cutting means less anesthesia
Cauterizes- The laser seals as it removes damaged tissue, minimizing bleeding and eliminating the need for stitches.
Less Invasive- No scalpel, no incision, no stitches, no problem!
Faster Recovery- Reduced trauma means that most patients feel better post-procedure than with traditional deep cleanings.
Recent research shows a strong link between the mouth and body. Patients who have gum disease also have an increased risk of several serious health issues including heart attack, stroke, and memory loss. With gum disease as a factor in your overall health, it’s more important than ever to recognize the symptoms and seek treatment. Call our San Luis Obispo office and make your appointment today.

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