Dr. Kelly Clarke has the experience and credentials you should look for when considering a dentist that uses a laser.
Dedicated to life-long learning, Dr. Clarke has averaged 60 continuing education credit hours (per licensing period) throughout his career; the minimum requirements for the state of Florida are 20 continuing education credit hours per licensing period!
Best dentist office I’ve been to! Everyone is so friendly and caring. I’ve been going to this office for years and I’m not going anywhere else!
Dr. Kelly Clarke, with a high-tech laser dentistry office located in Bradenton, has been practicing dentistry since 2004.
Laser tools have been legally used in dentistry since 1989. Since then, dentists use lasers to treat several dental issues in hard and soft tissues, like cavities or periodontal conditions. This technique is becoming more and more popular, and many specialists are incorporating this tool to offer more comfort to the patients.
We define Laser dentistry as the field of dentistry that uses laser tools to treat dental conditions. These conditions can also be treated with more conventional instruments, like drills or scalpels. But the great advantage of laser technology is that it offers less traumatic dental experiences. By using laser tools, the dentist eliminates the dreaded noise and vibration of drills and the use of more invasive treatments like periodontal surgery or SRP.
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.
At Laser Dentistry, we are committed to providing an excellent patient experience. That’s why Dr. Clarke incorporated state-of-the-art laser technology like the Biolase iPlus Laser, which is designed to make different dental procedures more comfortable and relaxed, such as:
Both hard tissue and soft tissue can be treated with laser tools. Hard tissue procedures involve teeth, whereas soft tissue treatments involve gums.
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.
Photo showing the Biolase iPlus Laser Platinum
Common Hard Tissue Procedures:
Common Soft Tissue Procedures:
Laser Dentistry and Composite Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings are often strengthened by the use of laser tools. Dr. Clarke uses lasers to kill bacteria and to provide a tight seal around the composite filling. This seal avoids a possible marginal leakage in the restoration, which can compromise the future of the filling.
Laser Dentistry and Periodontal Disease
The use of laser in periodontal therapy assures a deep cleaning. Laser light can reach beneath the gum line, removing tartar deposits difficult to reach in regular cleanings. As it kills bacteria and eliminates dead tissue, it also provides a sterile environment that fastens the healing process. Dr. Clarke combines laser therapy with traditional root planing to ensure a perfect cleaning treatment.
Laser therapy is also used in many other fields of dentistry. It has proven to be an excellent tool for cancer’s early detection, as it’s widely used for biopsies, and it’s treatment.
Other Laser Procedures:
Dr. Clarke is a certified laser dentist with extensive qualifications and experience.
Are Dental Lasers Safe?
The U.S Food and Drug Administration approves certain laser devices. All dentists that use lasers in their office need to be qualified, so you can easily make sure that your dentist has the certificates required. There’s specific training for each kind of laser device, provided by the manufacturer, professional organizations or even some dental schools.
At Laser Dentistry, we have undergone the training required, and we always provide special glasses for patients to assure extra protection!
“This practice is incredible! I fractured a tooth over the weekend and was in the process of finding a new Dentist at the time (didn’t feel comfortable at last Dentist), leaving me nowhere to turn on Monday morning. I did some research over the weekend and noticed how well reviewed the Laser Dentistry practice was. I decided to give it a try and showed up that Monday morning just to see if and when they could help me and if they were just as great in person. Boy, the reviews are right. There is not an individual in this practice that is anything other than wonderful, kind, caring, polite, helpful, etc! Due to a cancellation, I was able to get seen that morning. Dr. Clarke is a wonderful caring Doctor, who also is very knowledgeable. I have found a Dental home for my family and couldn’t be happier! Scratch that off my list!”Lisa G. – Read more reviews