Dental Tips Blog

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

Apr
5

Drill Free Laser Fillings

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Is it possible to have a filling done without your dentist ever needing a drill – or even a shot? Yes!

Thanks to the advancements in laser technology, some types of dental fillings can now be done with the use of drill-free equipment. The process is very comfortable and ideal for both adults and children with small areas of tooth decay.

Lasers are most effective for treating cavities in their earliest stages. They take a bit longer to prepare the tooth than using a drill, so the size of the cavity plays a role in determining whether or not the laser is appropriate. Early diagnosis makes it possible to catch the decay sooner rather than later, which equates to a much smaller restoration. The key is to schedule regular check-ups with digital x-rays to identify cavities in their very beginning stages.

Smaller fillings mean that your dentist can limit the amount of tooth preparation necessary during the process. That’s why laser fillings are usually much less-invasive than a traditional metal restoration. After the cavity is removed, a small, white filling is placed within the prepared space. Your dentist will match the material so that it blends in with your tooth.

With many types of lasers on the market, more and more dentists are beginning to implement them into their private practice. Not only can lasers be used for fillings, but other types are useful for procedures like gingival recontouring, treating cold sores, tongue ties, and even to manage periodontal disease.

Find out if a laser filling is the best way for you or your child to enjoy a comfortable, shot-free, drill-free dental appointment!

Posted on behalf of:
Touchstone Dentistry
2441 FM 646 W Suite A
Dickinson, TX 77539
(832) 769-5202

May
2

Uses for Lasers in Dentistry

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Dental lasers are making dental care more efficient, more effective, and even more comfortable than ever. The types of lasers vary from one design to the next, with some used solely for hard tissues like teeth, while others are for soft tissues such as the gums. Here are some of the ways dentists are using lasers to improve your smile and your oral care experience:

Drill Free Fillings

Imaging being able to have a cavity removed and your tooth filled without ever hearing or feeling a drill. It’s a reality! Some types of dental lasers allow tooth alteration and preparation for purposes like fillings or bonding. 

Perio Therapy

Managing gum disease used to mean surgery for some patients. Now, lasers can be used in conjunction with deep cleaning appointments to create a sterile environment around the tooth, destroy bacteria, and aid in tissue reattachment. Patients that elect to have laser perio therapy often experience greater results from their treatment. 

Gingival Contouring

If gummy smiles or excessive gum tissues make your teeth look shorter or uneven, laser recontouring only takes a few seconds to complete. Recontouring will reshape the gum tissues around the tooth, making it appear even with just the right amount of tooth exposure. 

Cold Sore Treatments

Are you a person who frequently battles aphthous ulcers or cold sores? If you feel a sore popping up, a quick trip to the dentist could prevent it from flaring up altogether. Lasers quickly destroy the bacteria in these wounds and speed up recovery time, so that you don’t have to wait a week or longer for it to go away on its own.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

Apr
8

Drill-Free Fillings and Dental Treatment

Posted in Laser Dentistry

What if someone told you that you could have your tooth repaired and a new filling placed in it without your dentist ever having to pick up the drill? It’s no lie – it’s the future of dentistry! Lasers are replacing traditional methods of tooth preparation and decay removal in comfortable, minimally invasive treatments that just about anyone can have access to.

Dental lasers are transforming the way dentists provide comprehensive care in their offices. Not only are they more comfortable (and less noisy,) they are in some cases able to completely replace the traditional dental drill. Using lasers for restorative procedures also eliminates excessive tooth alteration. This keeps fillings as small as possible, much smaller than what is achievable with even the thinnest dental instrument. Care is much more precise and can be narrowed down to only the smallest areas of damaged enamel. As a result, teeth are stronger and require less dental work over time.

The gentleness of the laser also allows teeth to be repaired without the use of local anesthetic. That means no painful injections or soreness after the dental visit. What more could you ask for? Because lasers are so much easier for your dentist to use, the procedure typically requires less time and also reduces the hand fatigue in your dentist after a long day of treating patients.

There are several different types of lasers used in dentistry. Some are for hard (enamel) surfaces while others are used on soft tissues (gums.) Gradually more and more dentists are investing in laser therapy because of the benefits that it offers both to dentists and to themselves.

Posted on behalf of:
Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 888-3384

 

 

Apr
8

3 Ways Laser Dentistry Improves Your Oral Health

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Lasers are making dental care more comfortable and convenient in many different aspects of dentistry. They can be used on both hard and soft tissues, allowing dental treatments to be performed more efficiently. Here are just 3 ways you might see lasers used by your dentist:

Smaller Fillings

When your dentist repairs a decayed tooth, the cavity needs to be completely removed along with a small amount of enamel surrounding the area. Because lasers are so precise, they prevent excessive enamel removal during restorative procedures. That means smaller, more conservative restorations that preserve as much healthy enamel possible. 

No-Drill Dentistry

Because hard tissue lasers are effective for enamel preparation, they can allow your dentist to perform standard treatments such as fillings, inlays and onlays without a drill. If the area is small enough, the entire procedure can even be completed without the need for local anesthesia. 

Non-Surgical Gum Therapy

If you’ve battled gum disease, lasers can make it easier for you to eliminate your periodontal infection and aid in the reduction of gum pockets around your teeth. Soft tissue lasers are typically used in conjunction with deep cleanings (periodontal scaling and root planing) to eliminate active bacteria from the gum pockets and remove the thin layer of diseased tissue nearest the root of the tooth. This allows the gums to adhere directly to the tooth, encouraging tissue reattachment. Instead of advanced gum surgeries performed in another facility, laser gum therapy can help reverse the disease process and improve your chances of retaining your teeth for the rest of your life.

The next time you need dental treatment, ask your dentist if lasers are an option for you!

Posted on behalf of:
Rowe Family Dental Care
2320 Satellite Blvd NW #120
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 622-5909

 

 

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