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Nov
29

What’s New With Laser Dentistry?

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Are you seeing a dentist who uses dental lasers in their practice? You might be wondering “What are dental lasers?” or when they might be appropriate for a treatment such as yours.

Although many types of dental lasers are used today, they each hold different uses and purposes. In addition to laser cavity detection, here are a few examples of the types of laser dentistry that you may come across from one dental office to the next:

Drill Free Dental Fillings

Hard tissue lasers are able to reshape tooth enamel, so that a drill or even a shot isn’t always necessary. Most drill-free fillings are used on very small cavities, as the laser takes more time to prepare the tooth than a conventional method would. 

Periodontal Therapy

Gum disease is the #1 reason why adults lose teeth. Using a laser, your dentist or hygienist can decontaminate diseased gum pockets and eliminate infectious bacteria. Once the area is sterilized, your remaining healthy gingiva has the opportunity to reattach to the tooth, reversing the entire disease process. 

Cold Sore Treatments

Canker sores and cold sores can ruin your day…or week, rather. Once you feel one popping up, your dentist can use a laser to treat the area and speed up recovery. Most people see the time they have a cold sore cut by as much as 50%. 

Gum Recontouring / Sculpting

“Gummy” smiles or uneven gingiva can take away from beautiful teeth. Adjusting or sculpting them into healthy contours can be done without any painful surgery or recovery time, thanks to dental lasers.

Ask your dentist if lasers are something they use in their treatments, and why.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

Feb
14

Canker Sores – Why They Happen and How to Treat Them

Posted in Laser Dentistry

You usually don’t notice it until you take a refreshing swig of icy lemonade. Or it may be right as you chomp into Nana’s famous spaghetti and meatballs. Whatever the occasion, the pain is recognizable beyond a doubt: the acid zing of an angry canker sore.

Why oh why do these small little lesions cause so much pain?

Causes of Canker Sores

When it comes down to it, no one really knows exactly what causes these sores. People may experience them for different reasons such as:

  • Exposure to spicy or acidic foods
  • Stress
  • Hormones
  • Nutritional deficiency
  • Injury
  • Irritation from a sharp dental appliance
  • Underlying medical conditions

When to Seek Help for a Canker Sore

Recognizable as a crater-like ulcer with a pale center and red border, a canker sore usually resolves on its own within a week.

You can often dull the pain and speed up recovery by:

  • Avoiding spicy and acidic foods
  • Taking a pain killer
  • Rinsing your mouth with water after eating
  • Applying a topical benzocaine gel like Orajel
  • Cutting out toothpaste that contains sodium lauryl sulfate (some people are allergic)

But what if your sore gets bigger or more show up?

If your sore starts to spread, it’s time to see your dentist. Some canker sores, while not serious, can be extremely painful and make it impossible to eat or talk normally. Your dentist may be able to treat the spot with laser therapy.

You should especially plan a visit to your doctor if a sore is accompanied by a fever or results in dehydration. It could indicate that you have something more serious going on.

Contact your general dentist for more tips on getting relief from these painful ulcers.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

Apr
7

Ulcer Relief and Laser Treatment

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Ulcers can flare up when you least expect them, and stay on your mind until they’re gone completely. Sometimes ulcers flare up due to irritation, foods, or even stress. Even the slip of a toothbrush can create enough tissue irritation to cause an ulcer to flare up. One can try to tough out the discomfort, or find ways to relieve it until healing has taken place.

An effective at-home remedy many dentists recommend is “miracle mouthwash.” This is a mouthwash that is made using some common medicines that help to numb the tissues and provide pain relief so that you can get on your way throughout the rest of the day. To make the rinse, take one part liquid antihistamine and mix it with one part milk of magnesia, then apply it to the ulcer with a cotton swab or by rinsing and gargling. Be sure not to swallow it and spit out any residue of the rinse. This will provide temporary but effective relief.

In-office laser therapy provides instant relief and dramatically reduces healing time. Just a few seconds under a dental laser and oral ulcers are treated so that symptoms are no longer present. For patients that experience chronic ulcers, dental laser therapy is a must! A short appointment or using the laser during another procedure will provide instant relief.

If your ulcer persists for more than 2 weeks, be sure to see your dentist. Most sores like ulcers will heal within 7-14 days. Prolonged symptoms or sores that do not heal could indicate other health problems that have gone undiagnosed.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care

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