Dental Tips Blog

Jan
18

Is Laser Dentistry Safe?

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Lasers have been used in dentistry for over 20 years.  A Laser uses an intense, narrow beam of light energy.  Laser stands for the acronym: Light Activated by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.  When the laser beam comes in contact with tissue in the mouth or a tooth, a reaction is caused that can reshape or remove tissue.

Dentists are using lasers on gum disease (to remove gum tissue around the root of the tooth that is inflamed), tooth whitening (speeds up process), tooth decay (to remove small cavities and to make filling set after being placed in to tooth) and for biopsies (removal of suspicious lesions.)

In many cases, Lasers can be used in dental procedures and eliminate the need for shots to “numb” the teeth.  A valid question many people have is, “How safe is laser dentistry”?

In 1997, Lasers were approved by the FDA to be used in adults and children.  The FDA is in charge of regulating the use of lasers as medical devices.  Many surgical procedures have been performed by Lasers with removal of cavities and surgery of soft tissue.

In these procedures, Lasers have been proven effective and safe over the past 20 years.  It’s important to note that the patient and dental team must wear shielded protective eyewear when using lasers in dentistry, since lasers can cause permanent damage to your eyes if not used properly.

If you are interested in Laser Dentistry, call your dentist to see if Lasers in Dentistry is available.  Your dentist can examine your teeth, discuss Laser treatment options and answer any questions or concerns you might have.  Contact your dentist now!

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

Sep
10

What You Should Know About Dental Lasers

Posted in Gum Disease

Lasers are fast.

Lasers are extremely useful in a variety of dental procedures, both cosmetic and therapeutic. Lasers can activate the chemical agents in whitening gel to give you a bright smile in a brief amount of time. When used in a surgical application, lasers speed up post-operative healing because they reduce the bacterial count at a site, decrease bleeding, and prevent swelling. Lasers are often used to surgically remove excess gum tissue from around teeth to enhance their shape. The goal of this cosmetic procedure (often called crown lengthening) is for the gum tissue to neatly heal as soon as possible. This makes lasers an ideal choice for soft tissue surgeries.

Lasers are conservative and safe.

When dental lasers are used as indicated in the dental office, they are absolutely safe.  Lasers come in a variety of intensities. Some are very mild and help to detect decay that is not found on an x-ray, while stronger lasers are used to remove decay. A laser is typically more conservative and precise than a dental drill when used for removing decay from teeth. This is because lasers are designed to target the diseased tissue of a cavity so that it is removed before healthy tooth structure is. Many patients find that thanks to lasers, dental procedures are much more comfortable and require less anesthesia. During a procedure that involves an intense laser beam, you will be given protective eyewear.

Feel free to discuss laser-use with your dentist!

Lasers are often used alongside other standard dental equipment and aren’t necessarily used in all procedures with every patient. Ask your dentist about laser dentistry equipment and his experience using lasers.

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

Apr
22

What is Laser Dental Surgery?

Posted in Laser Dentistry

We have all heard about using lasers to treat various conditions, but did you know that lasers could also be used at your dentist office?

Many dentists are now using lasers to help treat things like tooth decay, gum disease, and to biopsy suspicious areas.  Other areas that lasers may be used are for teeth whitening procedures.

There are many advantages to laser dentistry.  Because lasers use light pulses to work, there are no direct sutures or cutting involved.  In some cases, lasers cause less pain.  With less pain, you will require less local anesthesia and not have the funny numb tongue feeling after your procedure.

Lasers are quiet.  There is none of the drilling sound associated with dental offices that may make you cringe.  This may help decrease your anxiety about going to the dentist and having the dental procedure.

Because of the way lasers work, less bleeding occurs.  This makes recovery time faster and the risk for infection lower.  Swelling and edema may be decreased after gum surgery when a laser is used.

A laser will specifically ‘target’ the injured or damaged area.  Because of this, more natural tooth is preserved.  This is especially important in cavity filling.  More natural tooth means less filling material in your tooth and less chance of a secondary cavity appearing.

Lasers are also used to speed up the tooth whitening process.  When used in combination with the whitening products, the laser will actually speed up the whitening process.  This results in less chair time, and whiter teeth in the end.

Laser dental surgery cannot be used for all dental issues, and is not for everybody.  If you have a need for dental work, ask your dentist if your procedure could be performed with laser dental surgery.

Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care

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Feb
13

Laser Dental Surgery

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Laser Dental Surgery uses technological advances to perform minimally invasive therapy for dental needs like:

  • Crown lengthening
  • Gum recontouring
  • Tooth desensitization
  • Treatment for ulcers or canker sores
  • Gingivectomy or biopsies
  • Flap surgery for gum disease
  • Curettage and Gum attachment
  • Reduce bacteria along the gums

Lasers are very easy to use and offer many advantages over other types of treatments. Treatments that use laser dentistry do not require the use of local anesthesia and usually have a shorter heal time. Lasers help minimize irritation to surrounding gum tissue and can minimize bleeding along areas that require surgery. In most cases they do not require sutures and the lasers sterilize the area, reducing bacterial infections.

Dentists who use laser dentistry in their office have received additional training in order to use their Laser Dentistry devices. As a result, their patients reap the benefits of the unique treatment that reduces healing times and makes their dental treatments more comfortable than typical visits to the dentist.

Tooth whitening has used lasers for years to help amplify whitening results directly in your dental office. As technology has advanced, dental professionals have discovered that lasers can benefit numerous types of treatment and greatly improve the care that they are able to provide to their patients.

Not all dental treatment can use dental lasers during the procedure, but there are certainly more now than there ever have been.  Some offices are able to utilize lasers in as many as 90% of the services that they offer. Lasers are useful for treating both teeth and gums. If fear of dental procedures or discomfort has kept you from receiving the oral therapy that you deserve, ask your dentist about laser dental surgery.

Nov
28

Lingual Frenectomy versus Lingual Frenuloplasty

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Lingual frenectomy and lingual frenuloplasty are both dental procedures used to correct a condition called ankyloglossia. Ankylogloassia, more commonly known as ‘tied tongue’, is an abnormality of the lingual frenulum. The lingual frenulum, the band of tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth, is abnormally short, thick, and tight in individuals with ankyloglossia. This affects the movement of the tongue and can cause eating, speech, tooth development, oral health, and psycho-social problems. Ankyloglossia is a condition some people are born with, whether due to hereditary or environmental factors.

Lingual frenectomy

Lingual frenectomy is a surgical procedure that involves completely removing the lingual frenulum. It is performed by an oral surgeon with the help of local anesthesia. The procedure takes 10 to 15   minutes to complete and the patient is left with a short row of stitches on the underside of the tongue. Serious side-effects are not typically seen with lingual frenectomy; however, potential complications include bleeding, infection, and in some cases, temporary or permanent nerve damage.

Lingual frenuloplasty

Lingual frenuloplasty differs from lingual frenectomy in that the frenulum is not completely removed, but only altered. The goal of lingual frenuloplasty is to snip the lingual frenulum just enough to loosen it and increase the mobility of the tongue. In terms of procedure length and post- operative expectations, lingual frenuloplasty is very similar to lingual frenectomy.

Lingual frenectomy and frenuloplasty may be performed using a scalpel (surgical knife) or a soft tissue laser. Laser dental surgery has several advantages compared to dental surgery done with a scalpel.  Ankyloglossia treated with a laser does not require stitches, and also results in less pain and bleeding.

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