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Laser Therapy in Dentistry

Posted in Laser Dentistry

The future of dentistry is here, and we’re not just talking about dental implants. Laser use is becoming more and more common in everyday dental offices as an effective, minimally invasive way to treat patients. Not only are lasers more comfortable, they often lessen or eliminate the need for anesthetics and result in faster (or no) healing time.

Here are some of the common ways that lasers are being implemented into dentistry:

Soft tissue lesion treatment.

Having an ulcer or a cold sore doesn’t mean you have to wait days for it to heal. Just pop by the dental office and ask to have them treat it with a soft tissue laser. In just a few seconds, the lesion will no longer be active, and there will be no more discomfort in the area where it was. 

Gum therapy and recontouring.

If you’re being treated for gum disease, lasers can help create a bacteria-free environment around your tooth, and in the deep gum pockets that are affected by the condition. Although dentists are the primary person to use lasers, some states are now allowing hygienists to become certified in laser treatments as well, allowing them to implement them into periodontal treatment appointments.

Gingival recontouring can also be performed with lasers. It takes just a few minutes, but uneven or bulky gum tissues can easily and comfortably be recontoured for an entirely new look. 

Laser Cavity Detection

Cutting edge laser cavity detection equipment can detect smaller cavities than tradtional cavity detection techniques.  The advantage is that these cavities can be treated at the earliest stage which means smaller fillings and less damage to the tooth.

Drill-free dentistry.

Some types of lasers are even useful on hard tissues like enamel. This allows dentists to remove tooth decay and prep teeth for fillings without requiring the use of traditional drilling or rough handpieces. Fillings are quieter, gentler, and require even less tooth preparation!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park



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



What is Laser Dentistry?

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Many adults and children have a fear of going to the dentist, or a fear of needles and drills used in dental procedures.  If you, or a family member, fall into this category, laser dentistry may be for you.

Laser dentistry can be used for many different treatments, including correction of early gum disease, laser detection of cavities, repair of a ‘tied-tongue’ (a frenectomy) without stitches, and whitening teeth.

Lasers work by delivering energy with high beam lights.  These lights are absorbed by the targeted area, resulting in the dental work being completed without drills, needles, and often…without local anesthesia!  Most patients find laser dentistry quite comfortable as there is no heat or vibration, and no drilling noise that often makes individuals anxious.

Laser dentistry can be used on both soft areas (such as the gums, to help correct gum disease) or harder areas (such as tooth surfaces when whitening is desired).  When used in soft tissues, the laser eliminates the need for stitches and sutures and resulting in a faster healing time.  Lasers can also be used to help diagnose hard to find cavities and other hard to find decay in early stages.  Often, when this decay is found early, careful brushing and flossing can reverse the problem.  If correction is required, it can then be done before larger problems occur.  Lasers in dentistry have been used successfully in both children and adults, making this a valuable option for many families.

If you are interested in laser dentistry, speak to your local dentist today to see if you are a candidate.

Posted on behalf of Dan Myers



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.


Laser Treatment for Canker Sores

Posted in Laser Dentistry

If you have ever had canker sores, then you know how painful they can be. Canker sores are an indication of injury or irritation of the mucous membranes of the mouth; they may also be caused by a viral infection. These ulcerations or open sores form on the tongue, lips, and on the inside of the mouth, and appear light colored (gray or white) with redness around the edge of the sore. The tingling, burning and pain of canker sores can cause significant distress, making it difficult to eat, talk and concentrate.

Once upon a time, the recommended approach to dealing with canker sores was to just wait for the sores to disappear on their own. Indeed, it is quite common for people get canker sores that go away after a week or two with little or no treatment. Alternatively, because there is no permanent cure for canker sores, home remedies like rinsing with warm salt water and over-the-counter topical agents like Debacterol have been the conventional methods of handling canker sore outbreaks.

Recently however, advances in laser dentistry have facilitated more effective treatment of canker sores. Basically, a dental laser is beamed over the sores for a few minutes and the photon energy causes photo-biostimulation to occur within the mucous membrane. This has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and disinfecting effects. The patient will feel a warm sensation, but there is no pain involved and no anesthesia is required.

Laser treatment has several remedial effects on canker sores. Laser treatment stops the progression of sores so that they take a significantly shorter time to heal. It also results in rapid and sometimes immediate pain relief. Additionally, laser treatment can be preventative. Before a canker sore breakout, the lips will invariably start to tingle. Receiving laser treatment at this early stage will usually nip the breakout in the bud. Laser treatment is especially recommended for people with a history of acute and frequently recurring canker sores since it reduces the severity of the canker sore life cycle.

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