Discover gentle dentistry with Wake Forest practice designed around creating a better patient experience
For many people dentistry isn’t associated with the word “gentle. At Supremia Dentistry, Dr. Suh and his staff think these all-important dental procedures should be perceived as gentle. After all, it’s the reality of Dr. Suh’s practice and the reality of modern dentistry.
If you have dental anxiety or phobia, chances are you associate the dental visit with the grinding sound of the drill and the fear of pain. There is also a good chance you had a bad experience with a dentist as a child. You may still associate all dentists with this negative experience.
Unfortunately, not only do these painful associations haunt your psyche, but they also have a haunting effect on the health of your teeth. As you might expect, people identified with anxiety or phobia generally have fewer of the necessary fillings they may need, and they are missing more teeth than their non-anxious counterparts.
Furthermore, if you have this level of fear, it’s a recipe for serious conditions and complications. For example, consider how untreated, periodontal disease can progress to a serious infection. This abscess can (and has been known to) spread to other parts of the body and become a life-threatening systemic infection.
Odds are also good that you’ve heard about the connection between oral health and whole-body health. It’s thought the bacteria and inflammation responsible for gum disease is linked to the development of or worsening of conditions ranging from diabetes to heart disease and osteoporosis.
Fighting fear, down to the details
Today’s dentistry is gentle, at least the way Dr. Suh practices it. This approach is built around creating the best experience possible for patients. The better the experience, the greater the odds patients will keep necessary cleanings and exam appointments.
Gentle dentistry uses lasers and other technologies to eliminate those key causes of dental fear: the sound of the drill and pain.
Lasers may be used reshape and remove bacteria from diseased gums, and prepare decayed teeth for restorative treatments such as fillings, among other functions. You experience less trauma during treatment as well as afterward. Generally, healing is accelerated, and side effects such as pain are minimized.
Dr. Suh also operates a digital office. All of his digital procedures — from creating impressions to creating restorations in-house — are designed for the benefit of the patient. Even the seemingly little details, such as avoiding the messy traditional impressions with digital ones, can make a big difference in how you view Supremia Dentistry and dental treatment in general.