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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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Mar
28

What is a Canker Sore?

Posted in Laser Dentistry

There are many different types of mouth sores, and many of us have had a mouth sore at one point in our life.  This article will talk about canker sores, and common ways to treat a canker sore.

A canker sore is a small ulcer in your mouth.  Canker sores almost always have white or pearl colored center, and are red around the edges.  Canker sores appear inside the mouth, and are almost always found on the inside of the lips and on the linings of the cheek.  Occasionally, you may get a canker sore on your tongue.

Canker sores are not contagious, but you may find that you are susceptible to canker sores. This means you end up with canker sores over and over again.  This happens frequently during times of stress or illness.  Canker sores can appear alone, or there may be several sores in your mouth at once.

Canker sores can be incredibly painful.  If you have a canker sore, over the counter anesthetics may be used.  These topical anesthetics should be applied directly to the sore and surrounding area.  Follow the package directions carefully.  During the time that you have the canker sore, try to avoid foods that may irritate the sore.  Foods that commonly cause irritation include foods that are extremely hot or spicy, and foods that are very acidic (like fruit juices or tomato sauces).  Some people state that eating cool or cold foods helps decrease the pain.

It is possible to develop a secondary infection from the canker sore.  If you find that your sores are not healing, see your dentist.  Antibiotics may be prescribed to help any infections that may have developed.  Canker sores can also be treated with laser therapy.  If you find that your canker sores are interfering with your ability to eat or swallow, you should see your dentist or health care provider as soon as possible.

Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care

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