Ballantyne Center for Dentistry
15105 John J. Delaney Dr., Suite K Charlotte NC 28277 (704) 274-2992

 (704) 540-2255

Who else wants to avoid the drill? Our state-of-the art Laser Dentistry means no more drills and no more drilling noise.

At Ballantyne Center for Dentistry, our dentists have invested in drill-free laser dentistry for our Charlotte patients.

In many cases this means…

  • No more needles or numbness
  • No more drilling

Instead of having to face the trauma of having a dentist (armed with a drill or long needle) say “this won’t hurt” you can be absolutely certain the dentist means what he says.

At the Ballantyne Center for Dentistry, our Waterlase® MD means no more drilling and no more needles. Instead of that awful “drilling noise” you simply hear a soft clicking. The laser gently removes decayed tooth structure and unhealthy tissue. The laser uses water droplets combined with laser energy, there is no heat or vibration.


Waterlase Dental Laser Ballantyne Dentistry

“Dr. Yaste is the bomb. Ballantyne Denistry is well worth every penny. The staff is very courteous, the waiting room is definitely nice especially with the massage chair and the way they offer you snacks and drinks makes going to the dentist as comfortable as going to the spa. The wait is not long either. Keep up the good work Dr. Yaste.”

-Ballantyne Center For Dentistry Patient

Laser dentistry means that you will only feel a light flow of water over your tooth and many times this is so easy that our clients don’t even need sedation dentistry. Laser dentistry is especially well-suited to the preparation of teeth for fillings, root canals, gum surgery and more, as the laser easily removes decayed tooth structure while conserving as much of the healthy tooth as possible. Very few dentists in North Carolina and South Carolina have this level of technology.

Lasers for Diagnosis in Dentistry?

Yes, today we also use dental lasers to find out if you actually have a cavity or area where your tooth might be more prone to tooth decay.  Our diagnostic laser can often times find cavities and hypocalcifications early on which means that the area in question on your tooth can be fixed in a more conservative and cost effective manner.  Even adults can get cavities in the grooves of thier teeth.  Sometimes these cavities show up even later in life.  Early detection is important and can make things much easier.  Ask us at your next visit how the Diagnodent laser might be helpful for you.

Laser Dentistry FAQs

Waterlase Laser Dentistry Charlotte NCHow does the Waterlase MD work?

The Waterlase MD uses a combination of laser energy with a gentle spray of water to replace a dental drill in performing common dental procedures.

What can the Waterlase® MD accomplish?

The Waterlase MD can be used to accomplish the following:

  • prepare a tooth to receive a restorative material (e.g., filling)
  • remove growths or excess tissue
  • treat periodontal disease
  • relieve the discomfort of canker or cold sores
  • improve the appearance of a gummy smile
  • remove dental caries
  • prepare the teeth for the placement of sealants
  • uncover partially erupted wisdom teeth
  • “release” connections that restrict the movement of the tongue or cause gum recession

What are the advantages of using a laser rather than a dental drill?

  • no heat, vibration or pressure
  • reduces the need for local anesthetic
  • more convenient with shorter treatment times
  • more relaxed treatment for the patient
  • works more precisely than a drill
  • little to no bleeding and less post-op swelling
  • no sutures or stitches
  • minimal recovery time
  • safer — drills can crack and fracture the teeth if used improperly

What is the DIAGNOdent laser?

The DIAGNOdent is a high-tech laser fluorescence instrument that helps detect cavities in their earliest stages. The pen-like device is passed through the mouth and emits small pulses of light through the tooth structure to uncover hidden decay. Our dentists compare the reflected florescence of tooth structure against a pre-determined baseline; healthy tooth structure exhibits little to no fluorescence, but decayed tooth structure exhibits higher levels of fluorescence. This technology helps our dentists detect caries and cavities even when the outer tooth structure appears to be healthy. The early detection of cavities allows our team to treat the problem conservatively and completely.

Diagnodent Laser Charlotte, NCCan any dentist use a laser ?

Your dentist should have the proper education and training to perform laser dentistry with the Waterlase MD or the DIAGNOdent. It’s perfectly acceptable to ask your dentist about their qualifications in laser dentistry.



How much does laser dentistry cost?

The cost of laser dentistry depends on the specific technology and how it is used. Our team can provide more detailed pricing information during a consultation.

Does laser dentistry hurt?

No, laser dentistry does not hurt. One of the most notable benefits of replacing a traditional dental drill with a laser is that the experience is much more comfortable for the patient. In many cases, the laser eliminates the need for local anesthetic and post-operative pain medication. Patients experience significantly less swelling and bleeding from laser treatment than they would with a dental drill. Also, the DIAGNOdent laser is small and unobtrusive.

Will I need sedation dentistry?

Not likely. In many cases laser dentistry eliminates the need for sedation medication or techniques. Patients experience little fear, stress or anxiety (if any) because of the nature of the laser.

Is laser dentistry right for me?

The best way to determine whether a laser is appropriate for your specific diagnostic or treatment needs is to meet with our dentists. Please call or send us an email to book a consultation.


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