Dental Tips Blog

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

Aug
7

How Lasers Are Changing Your Dental Experience

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Wait, lasers? Yes, that’s right – they aren’t just for sci-fi movies! Lasers are actually playing a big role in dental care these days. They’re just one part of a whole wave of new technology that’s improving the your treatment experience.

Laser Cavity Detection

Digital dental x-rays use radiation to spot cavities in their early stages. But you usually only get a few x-ray exposures per year. To check for suspicious spots in the meantime, your dental hygienist may use a cavity-detecting laser.

This device looks like a little box with a pen attached to it by a wire. The pen tip shoots out a low-energy laser beam that picks up on abnormal tooth structure. Pretty neat, right?

Surgery With Lasers

In addition to laser cavity detection, lasers are also frequently used on gums and other soft tissues in areas like:

  • Disinfecting periodontal pockets
  • Gum surgery
  • Removing cold sores and growths
  • Cutting tongue-ties

All of these procedures can be done quickly and painlessly and quickly removed with the help of a laser. Energy from lasers is powerful enough to sanitize surgical sites while cauterizing blood vessels. This leads to a tidier procedure and faster healing.

Swap The Drill For A Laser

Lastly, lasers are being used more and more for treating teeth themselves:

  • Desensitization
  • Cavity removal
  • Filling preparation

Some procedures skip the scary drilling portion altogether because of using a laser. Laser dentistry could make it much easier for you to tolerate treatment if you struggle with dental anxiety.

Who knows what further technology will come about thanks to lasers?

Ask your local dentist about how lasers are currently raising the standard of dentistry in your community.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

Mar
13

Early Cavity Detection With DIAGNOdent

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if cavities could be discovered before they became a complicated problem requiring invasive treatment to preserve the tooth? So often, your teeth have questionable stained or grooved areas. Places that might be the beginning of a cavity or might not. Fortunately, there’s a new diagnostic tool that identifies cavities accurately and early, reducing the occurrence of fillings.

What Is DIAGNOdent?

DIAGNOdent is a laser that, your dentist, can use to quickly and accurately detect cavities. The uses fluoresce, alerting your dentist to a cavity that’s just beginning to form. This early detection allows minimal therapy to be used to remedy the tooth, sometimes with drill-free fillings or even a sealant.

Why Use DIAGNOdent?

Regular checkups are important to maintain good oral health. Your checkup will include a thorough dental exam, dental cleaning and x-rays. Your checkup combined with DIAGNOdent, can help you enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile much longer. So why choose early cavity detection by laser?

  • Did you know that as much as 50% of tooth decay is missed by conventional techniques, due to its extremely small size? DIAGNOdent offers superior technology to catch even the tiniest cavity.
  • Early detection of cavities means less invasive, and more affordable treatments to restore your tooth.
  • It minimizes the need for additional x-rays in some areas.
  • This pen-like device appears non-threatening for younger patients and is pain free.

With its many advantages, DIAGNOdent is gaining popularity as the preferred method for cavity detection. Next time you visit your dentist, ask about the advantages of DIAGNOdent! Call today to schedule an appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

Jul
24

Laser Cavity Detection

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Traditionally, cavities had to be identified through careful inspection by the dentist, or by taking dental x-rays to assess areas between the teeth or deep under the outer layer of enamel. If not diagnosed quickly, those cavities can rapidly spread deeper into the teeth and even jump to adjacent teeth. The larger the cavity is, the more complex it is to treat it. What if there were a way to find cavities long before they were visible on x-rays or through a clinical exam?

With laser cavity detection – you can! Using advanced sound wave and light technology, your dentist can identify changes in density of your tooth enamel. This is an indication that tooth demineralization and decay is beginning to take place. First, the laser is calibrated in several areas of healthy tooth enamel for a baseline reading. Then, the laser is scanned over areas including deep grooves and pits in the chewing surfaces of the back teeth – areas that have a high risk of decay. As the digital readout changes, your dentist or hygienist can identify areas where the decay process may be starting. An audible alert may be noted on the machine if density changes are outside the parameters of a healthy range. If caught soon enough, an extremely small filling can be placed that will result in less tooth preparation. Or, the area can be sealed off completely to prevent the condition from advancing.

Laser decay detection doesn’t eliminate the need for important exams and x-rays, but it does help to preserve the integrity of your smile, keep your cost of care down, and limit the invasiveness of necessary treatments.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

Mar
8

Do Lasers Actually Impact Decay Detection?

Posted in Laser Dentistry

In the past, cavities were always caught by your dentist seeing them clinically, feeling the tooth surface with a thin explorer, or by identifying enamel changes on X-Rays taken of the tooth. Now there’s a new way to catch cavities and well before they ever even cause symptoms or significant structural problems: the laser.

Laser decay detection uses light and sound waves to assess the density of your tooth enamel in areas of increased risk. Examples include the deep pits and fissures that are on the chewing surfaces of your teeth, or extend along the sides of back teeth. These areas are often so microscopic that even an exam tool or toothbrush bristle cannot enter into them. However, bacteria and cavities can!

The laser is calibrated along a strong, healthy area of your tooth and then placed over the pit or fissure to read the density using sound waves. Density readings that come back at a significantly different level will indicate that a cavity is beginning to destroy the enamel inside of the microscopic pit. Diagnosis at this level happens months before the cavity can develop into something large enough to be seen other ways.

These findings are significant for your teeth as well as your budget! When cavities are found in these smallest stages, the tooth can be repaired before other enamel has a chance to decay. Ultimately the filling is much less smaller and the tooth isn’t exposed to as much alternation, or it may only require a sealant. Some fillings can even be done without anesthesia!

Is your dentist using lasers to screen for cavities? The entire process takes only a few minutes. You’ll have to see it to believe it!

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

Mar
26

Laser Dentistry

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Do you know what laser dentistry is? Laser dentistry is the use of lasers for dental procedures. Lasers are appliances that send out a thin, strong beam of light energy. When the light that a laser produces comes into tissue it can remove or even shape it. And lasers have been used in dentistry since 1990. They are very safe and can be used for a variety of dental procedures.

Some of the common used for dental lasers are:

  • Lowering the discomfort of canker and cold sores
  • Creating a vision for partially broken through wisdom teeth
  • Taking off muscle attachments
  • Managing gum tissues for crowns or other dental procedures
  • Biopsies
  • Aiding in the treatment of gum disease
  • Treating root canals with infections
  • Speeding up teeth whitening

There are many advantages to dentists using lasers. First, the laser sometimes replaces using drills, which also replaces using anesthesia.  Secondly, procedures that use lasers are done much more accurately. Last but not least, when lasers are used the recovery time is very short.

Are dental lasers safe? Absolutely – as long as the lasers are being used by a trained professional. You will be asked to wear glasses to protect your eyes for the laser light.

If you are wondering if lasers are used at your preferred dental office, all you have to do is call. Give your dentists office a phone call and simply ask. But remember, dental lasers are not suitable for every single dental method. Also, it is important to know that your dentist has been trained properly on using the dental laser.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Omar Damji, Executive Park Dentistry

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Oct
9

Laser Dentistry

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Lasers have been used in dentistry since 1990. They are used for a wide range of dental procedures and have been proven by dentists to be an effective treatment option. While the American Dental Association (ADA) has not given its full seal of approval for any specific laser dental system, it is optimistic about the future of laser dentistry.

Dentists are using lasers to treat many different oral health symptoms.

Dental cleanings – Lasers are being used to precisely and painlessly remove plaque build up on patients during dental cleanings. Lasers are able to quickly remove plaque from the tooth and gum line that are often very sensitive to patients.

Dental fillings – Because of lasers, many times dentists do not have to drill into the sensitive tooth layers. While most people need numbing shots before cavities are filled, with the use of lasers patients are able to relax and painlessly have a cavity filled.

Biopsy Procedures – Lasers have been used in all medical fields to take biopsies of tissue. For dentists, the use of lasers is effective to biopsy small areas in the mouth that are often hard to get to and have before required sedation.

Lesion Removal – Lasers are used to remove lesions in the mouth. When painful lesions and canker sores are present in the mouth, most people have a difficult time practicing optimal oral hygiene due to the pain flossing and brushing can cause. Lasers are effective for quickly removing and relieving the pain of lesions and canker sores.

Teeth Whitening – While in-office teeth whitening has been around for years, lasers have significantly been able speed up the process. A peroxide bleaching solutions applied to the surface of the teeth is “activated” by laser energy, which promotes a faster whitening process.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mitul Patel 

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