What is laser dentistry?
Dental lasers are used to treat a wide array of issues, especially issues that affect the gums and soft tissues of the mouth. Laser systems emit highly focused beams of laser energy for extreme precision during treatment. The energy beams are very, very thin and compact, making them ideal for procedures and treatments that require a high degree of precision. Lasers have been proven to reduce pain, inflammation, and accelerate healing.
Is laser dentistry safe?
Yes, absolutely. We are highly trained in using lasers.
How lasers are used in dentistry?
- Lasers have several applications in dentistry, including:
- Gum disease treatment
- Gum re-contouring for improved smiles esthetics
- Crown lengthening
- Treatment of canker and cold sores and ulcers
- Aid in desensitizing teeth
How are lasers used to treat gum disease and prevent tooth loss?
Gum disease is caused by bacteria that cling to the tooth surfaces. As the bacteria multiply, they release toxins that cause the gums to pull away from the tooth surfaces. This creates spaces or pockets that enable the bacteria to get to the root pockets. In laser treatment, the precise laser energy can be delivered to the pocket to remove bacteria without the need for cutting gums. Recovery is faster and painless and less discomfort or bleeding.
Lasers deliver intense energy in the form of light that can be modified for a surprisingly wide variety of treatments and has revolutionized dental practice and dramatically improved the experience and outcomes for patients.
- It is non-invasive precision reduces or eliminates the need for numbing
- It’s quiet
- Can reach deeper than other techniques
- Speeds healing
- No bleeding
- Kills bacteria
- Minimizes the chance of infection
The versatility of laser dentistry
- Removal of bacteria-prone pockets
- Making teeth less sensitive
- Root canals to clean out deep infection
- Reshaping the gum line to create a less “gummy” smile
- Reducing pain and speedy healing of cold sores, canker sores, blisters
- Eliminating scar tissue & benign growth such as fibromas
Are lasers safe?
When used according to manufacturer’s guidelines by a trained provider, the laser is as safe as other instruments. You will wear special protection glasses just as you would to protect your eyes from sun exposure.
Laser gum treatment can focus on the pocket around the tooth. With short bursts of laser energy, we can destroy unhealthy bacteria and improve circulation though which healing is encouraged.