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Biolase Laser Dentistry

Posted in Laser Dentistry

What if the power of lasers and the gentleness of water could be combined to provide an effective new way at treating dental patients? Biolase is just that! Each Biolase laser combines the two together as a way to gently prepare teeth for restorations like fillings without the use of electronic drills.

Anxiety is a real problem for dental patients. By eliminating the need for high-pitched drills, Biolase helps patients relax during their treatment. The laser is so gentle, that many patients feel as if nothing is going on at all. Quietly and quickly, dentists that use Biolase are able to hep their patients feel comfortable without sacrificing the quality of their care.

Dentists are also able to provide very precise tooth adjustments with the thin laser tip. In fact, laser dentistry treatment is more accurate than using traditional equipment, and it takes less time to complete. Short appointments are something that everyone appreciates!

Depending on what type of treatment you need, Biolase lasers may be an option. It can be used for laser periodontal therapy or even for adjusting the contour of the gumlines. With so many options for it’s use, more dentists are using Biolase as a way to improve their patient care.

If the thought of “drilling and filling” keeps you away from the dentist, it’s important to know that times have changed. The next time you sit down with your dentist to discuss treatment your smile needs, ask about Biolase lasers. Your dental care provider will let you know how they can be used for your specific oral health concerns.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Virginia Kirkland, North Point Periodontics



Soft Tissue Laser Therapy

Posted in Laser Dentistry

The implementation of laser therapy into the dental office has made many treatments more accessible, comfortable, and less invasive for dental patients. One of the biggest benefits of soft tissue laser therapy is that it can be completed very quickly with essentially no recovery time needed. The entire procedure is relatively painless and because the tissue is treated upon exposure, there’s no need for surgical dressings or sutures following the treatment.

Soft tissue lasers are ideal for treating areas with:

•       Ulcers or cold sores

Just a few seconds of treatment with the soft tissue laser can eliminate discomfort and pain associated with ulcers and cold sores. Healing times are dramatically decreased.

•       Periodontal disease

Laser periodontal therapy helps eliminate active infection, remove disease causing bacteria, and speed the recovery process following periodontal therapy techniques such as scaling and root planing (deep cleanings.)

•       Irregular gum contours

Uneven gumlines can make teeth look shorter than normal, or give the appearance that a person’s smile is uneven. In the past, gum recontouring was done using surgical methods that required dressings and lengthy healing times. With soft tissue lasers, the tissue can be recontoured completely within just a few minutes. It’s practically pain-free and patients can go about their day as normal.

Soft tissue lasers are easy to implement into almost any dental treatment procedure. From non-surgical, preventive appointments to restorative or therapeutic procedures, the dental laser is transforming the way dental patients manage their oral health. If you’ve considered gum recontouring or managing troublesome cold sores with other methods, ask your dentist about how laser therapy can help you.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Virginia Kirkland, North Point Periodontics



Reasons to Consider Laser Gingival Recontouring

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Gingival recontouring is the procedure that involves adjusting the margin of the gum tissue along the teeth. It can be done with soft tissue lasers, taking only a few minutes, and eliminating the healing time that is needed when it is performed with traditional surgical methods. In fact, laser periodontal therapy generally has no discomfort whatsoever, and the results are instant! Here are 3 benefits that you might want to think about when taking gum recontouring into consideration:

Gummy smiles.

When you smile, do you see more gum tissue than teeth? Gummy smiles can make some people not want to smile at all, because they are paranoid of how their smile looks. Adjusting the margin of the gums allows more tooth surface to be seen. Sometimes excess tissue may grow due to medications that are taken, and laser recontouring is an effective way to control that overgrowth. 

Teeth that appear short, or uneven.

If too much gum tissue covers the teeth, then the teeth appear shorter than they really are. Irregular margins of the gum tissue can make teeth look different sizes than they other ones next to them, or generally shorter overall. Adjusting the margin of the gumline helps create a uniform appearance across the mouth, and teeth that are sized appropriately. 

Little tooth exposure when treatments are needed.

Sometimes treatments like crowns need to be completed, but there is not enough tooth structure exposed for the crown to be cemented onto. By reducing the gumline around these teeth and lengthening the amount of crown visible above the gums, teeth can be restored much easier and stay healthier around their new restorations.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Virginia Kirkland, North Point Periodontics



Laser Gum Treatments

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Lasers are quickly becoming one of the most beneficial instruments used in dental offices. They can be used for a variety of purposes, with the biggest benefits being that they cause very little discomfort and require next to no recovery time! Lasers are often used to:

  •  Treat gum disease
  •  Recontour gumlines
  •  Treat ulcers

Gingival recontouring is quicker, more comfortable, and much easier to perform thanks to lasers. Previously, recontouring was considered to be more of a surgical procedure. Now, recontouring only takes a few minutes to perform across the entire mouth. The laser is simply traced along the gumlines to reshape areas where excess gum tissue is present, creating a uniform, even gumline across the entire smile.

This is useful in people with “gummy” smiles, or on teeth that appear shorter than they ought to. Sometimes excess gum tissue is due to medications that are being taken, or prevents teeth from being treated. Extra tooth access is gained in a treatment called crown lengthening, and can sometimes also be completed by using lasers. Laser periodontal therapy also help destroy infectious bacteria that are active in areas of gum disease, speeding up the healing process and reversal of gum disease. They are part of a comprehensive periodontal therapy program.

If ulcers are a frequent occurrence, they can make life miserable. Simply using a laser over the ulcer for just a few seconds can provide immediate pain relief and speed up the healing time.

Most people do not experience any discomfort in the areas where they received laser treatment, because the tissue is lightly cauterized. Ask your dentist about how laser therapy can improve the care you receive during your treatment.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Virginia Kirkland, North Point Periodontics



Laser Periodontal Therapy

Posted in Gum Disease

Treatment for gum disease is easier than ever, with the use of laser periodontal therapy techniques. Using state-of-the-art laser technology, dental patients can receive even more advanced treatment for gum disease, helping them combat harmful bacteria that would otherwise lead to tooth loss and increase their risks of systemic health conditions.

Lasers are used in addition to traditional periodontal disease treatments. By following up procedures with a dental laser, patients can have an area that is free of pathogens, while also experiencing quicker healing and less discomfort associated with the treatment. Without laser use in periodontal therapy, most patients experience mild gum tenderness for a day or two. The laser speeds up healing by destroying disease-causing bacteria that are broken loose during the cleaning but otherwise may still remain under the gum pockets. As a result, laser use helps increase a patient’s response to the therapy, improving their oral health and helping retain any teeth affected by the disease.

It also helps to remove diseased layers of tissues along the infected area. If necessary, additional laser services can be used for gum recontouring so that destroyed, infected tissue is removed. As a result, the area responds better to home oral hygiene practices and is easier to manage on a long-term scale. This prevents further bone loss and advanced disease that is unreachable during home hygiene routines.

If you’ve been told that you have gum disease, periodontal disease, or have continually battled unhealthy gums, ask your dentist about laser gum therapy. Treating your active disease and maintaining a healthy environment is the only way for you to once again gain control over your oral health.

Posted on behalf of North Point Periodontics


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