Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can Dr. Petre straighten my smile, without using immature-looking, metal braces?
  • What is the Waterlase?
  • What type of procedure can a laser do?
  • How will I know if laser dentistry is for me?
  • How does laser dentistry reduce and eliminate pain?
  • I don’t respond well to anesthesia. I also suffer from dental anxiety. How can Dr. Petre help me?
  • At what age should my children first see a dentist?
  • Do you accept referrals?
  • What different payment options do you provide?
  • Will the treatment performed with the laser cost more?

How can Dr. Petre straighten my smile, without using immature-looking, metal braces?

Cosmetic dentistry can give you the straight, stunning smile of your dreams. Dr. Petre offers many solutions to straighten a misaligned smile. For instance, cosmetic bonding requires only one visit. Porcelain veneers, the preferred choice that is often called “instant orthodontics,” can deliver a custom, stain resistant smile in two visits. If you like your teeth and prefer orthodontics, consider Invisalign clear orthodontic aligners. These removable “braces” make teeth straightening easy!

What is the Waterlase?
Waterlase is our dental laser. We can perform both hard and soft tissue applications with it, while minimizing recovery time, reducing or eliminating the need for anesthesia, and improving patient comfort. Soft tissue procedures include crown lengthening, gum lifts, periodontal therapy, gum grafts, biopsies, and canker sore removal. Hard tissue applications include tooth decay removal and bone grafts.

What type of procedure can a laser do?

  • Remove dental decay and old composite fillings
  • Create ultra-conservative, microscopic fillings
  • Desensitize teeth
  • Sterilize infected root canals
  • Bone shaping and crown lengthening
  • Apthous ulcer treatment
  • Periodontal (gum) treatment.

How will I know if laser dentistry is for me?
Ask Dr. Petre. Upon thorough examination and co-diagnosis, she will determine if laser dentistry is indicated for you. We find that lasers are useful in many areas of dentistry.

How does laser dentistry reduce and eliminate pain?
Heat and vibration are the causes of most of the pain associated with the dental drill. Waterlase dentistry (with Erbium technology) combines laser energy with air-water spray to perform a wide variety of dental procedures more comfortably.

I don’t respond well to anesthesia. I also suffer from dental anxiety. How can Dr. Petre help me?
In addition to her gentle touch and comfort-enhancing technologies, Dr. Petre offers oral conscious sedation. If you suffer with dental fear, don’t respond well to traditional anesthesia, or need multiple procedures performed in one visit, ask about oral conscious sedation.

At what age should my children first see a dentist?
Children should have their first dental visit about 6 months after their primary teeth have erupted or after their first birthday. This allows Dr. Petre an opportunity to spot and prevent potential oral health/dental problems. It also gives the child a positive, nonthreatening dental office experience.

Do you accept referrals?
Yes. We always welcome new patients to our office.

What different payment options do you provide?
Our office accepts cash, checks, and credit cards, including MasterCard, Visa, and Discover. If you need financial assistance, we offer affordable outside financing with CareCredit. If this interests you, please contact our office at 972-540-0605 and speak with Mike, as he is always happy to help with your financial matters. In this day and age, we know that deciphering your insurance benefits can be confusing. We can also help you with any insurance concerns. Our office team is familiar with most insurance plans and will process the necessary paperwork for you.

Will the treatment performed with the laser cost more?
No, there is no extra charge for the use of laser.