7/20/2015 6:00:00 AM | Sleep Dentistry and Dental Sedation

Benefits of Using Soft Tissue Lasers

At Thurm Dental Group, we use an assortment of tools and techniques to address each patient’s unique situation regarding his or her dental needs. The soft tissue laser is one of the latest technological advancements dentists are starting to use regularly to help treat soft tissue (gums). 

Laser therapy not only removes soft tissue decay, but it also encourages healthy gum regeneration after the decay has been eliminated. Aside from the more common uses of the laser, including root canals and cavity preparation, some other procedures that Collingswood dentist, Dr. Thurm can use a soft tissue laser for include:

·         Exposing wisdom teeth that are only partially erupted
·         Oral cancer screenings – we can easily remove tissue samples for biopsies
·         Removing swollen tissue to reduce bacteria within a periodontal pocket
·         Reshaping excess gums to properly fit tooth shape
·         Contouring gum tissue during restorations
·         Fixing speech problems caused by a tongue-tie
·         Eliminating lip pulls seen in orthodontic patients

The following are benefits of using a soft tissue laser in comparison to using a traditional scalpel or drill:

·         Increases accuracy and precision
·         Reduces or eliminates need for local anesthetic
·         Reduces swelling and bleeding
·         Ensures faster healing time
·         Reduces post-operative pain, which can eliminate the need for pain medication
·         Eliminates the potential for damage to surrounding healthy tissue by eliminating the use of high-speed drills

Some patients are concerned about the safety of using lasers in dentistry, and we at Thurm Dental Group want to assure you that have been approved by The United States Food and Drug Administration and they have been used for various dental procedures for over 20 years. Lasers are also safe to use around existing dental structures of various materials, such as implants, crowns, bridges, and fillings, consisting of metal, gold, porcelain, amalgam, etc.

If you have any questions regarding laser treatment or would like to receive the highest technology in periodontal treatment, please call us today at (856) 858-2871.

6/8/2015 12:45:00 PM | Sleep Dentistry and Dental Sedation

Why I Offer Special Needs Dentistry



I believe that everyone should be able to receive quality dental care. However, many patients with special needs or their families, find it hard to get their dental concerns addressed. At Thurm Dental Group, we are kind, gentle, and treat all of our patients with dignity and respect.

Realizing I could help

Growing up, I always knew I wanted to get into the medical field in some capacity. Helping others came natural to me and I enjoyed problem-solving and science. As I narrowed down my career options, dentistry stuck out as a way I could be in the medical field helping others, have opportunities to tap into my creative side, and also balance my home life. In my years of training, I noticed a large gap in the treatment of patients with special needs. Most dentists didn’t have the confidence, equipment, or the patience to help people who couldn’t physically get into a dental chair, or easily follow instructions. Many patients with mental or physical handicaps would end up merely receiving the bare minimum in dental care, and / or referred to a hospital for treatment that can typically be completed in a dental office. This is why I decided to start a practice that would focus on meeting the needs of patients with disabilities. I had the heart for it so I set out to help.

Treating special needs patients with physical disabilities

We are wheelchair accessible and have the ability to smoothly transition patients from wheelchairs to dental chairs. Additionally, I am knowledgeable about specific limitations associated with certain conditions and know when I need to step in to lend a helping hand. I also strive to have a friendly rapport with my patients, making it easy to effectively communicate when I need to adjust their position, close their mouth, help them sit up or down, and more.

Treating patients with special needs

At Thurm Dental Group, I have lots of experience with patients dealing with Alzheimer’s or dementia. I am very patient and make every effort to create a comfortable environment. We talk through treatments explaining every detail if that is what our patient desires. We listen to their concerns and address any issue they may have.

We offer IV sedation

If you or someone you care about may benefit from general anesthesia during their dental visit, we can accommodate. Many patients find general sedation dentistry to be the best way to get their dental needs taken care of in the most comfortable manner.  

If you have found it difficult to locate a dentist to accommodate special needs, we can help. Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art dental technology and we are eager to make your dental experience a successful one. For more information or if you have any questions about our treatment options, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office today.


3/30/2015 10:54:00 AM | Sleep Dentistry and Dental Sedation

We're excited to announce the official launch of our Thurm Dental Group blog.

We'll be posting helpful dental tips, news from the dental industry, news from our practice, and more about the latest in dentistry.

We built our practice on the notion that we're there for our patients when they need us and we want our online presence to be a reflection of that principle. We hope this blog provides an extra level of service to our current and future patients.

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Here's to your best oral health ever!