The implementation of laser technology is changing the way dentists are able to care for their patients. As a result, there are more types of treatments available, and the care is quicker and more comfortable. Here are a few examples of how lasers are being used in modern dental practices:
Oral lesion treatments.
Lesions like cold sores and ulcers can quickly be treated with a soft tissue laser. In just a few seconds, the sore area is gently cauterized and healing can take place. There are no more raw, tender areas in the mouth. Rather than waiting for up to 2 weeks for a cold sore or ulcer to heal on it’s own, it can be reversed at any point with a soft tissue laser.
Some dental offices are implementing lasers into their hygiene and gum disease treatment programs. Using a laser within the periodontal pocket around the teeth will remove disease-causing bacteria and eliminate active disease within the tissues. This is a great option for patients that have chronic gum disease and risk the loss of bone support, tooth mobility, and tooth loss.
Adjusting the margins of the gumlines can be both therapeutic and cosmetic. Patients with excess gum tissues can have “gummy” smiles, or teeth that appear shorter than they should be. Or perhaps you need a tooth restored, but not enough surfaces are visible. Recontouring the gumlines takes just a few seconds with a laser, and no anesthetic is needed! Unlike previous surgical techniques used for gum recontouring, laser recontouring does not require any recovery time or discomfort.
Other types of lasers are being introduced for hart tissues as well, allowing dentists to complete drill-free dentistry. Isn’t it amazing what laser technology can do for your smile?
Posted on behalf of Dr. Marianna Weiner, Envy Smile Dental Spa
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Have you ever flossed your teeth only to have an area of your gums start bleeding? What about when you brush? Increased bleeding can occur due to anemia or certain types of medications (blood thinners like Aspirin), but almost every time areas of your mouth bleed when you clean your teeth it means that you’re developing gingivitis or gum disease.
Bleeding is a sign of infection, and happens when the gum tissues are swollen due to invasive bacteria that have deposited themselves under the edges of your gums. It usually begins between the teeth, where most people are likely to skip out on flossing, but it can also easily progress around restorations such as crowns or bridges. If you’re not careful, gingivitis will spread until all of the mouth is affected and then it will turn into the advanced form of gum disease that leads to bone and tooth loss.
Thorough oral hygiene is important, but it can take up to two weeks for bleeding to completely stop. Floss snuggly around every tooth while gliding the floss up and down under the gumlines. This removes loose bacteria in the pockets of the gums where brushing does not reach. If pockets are not cleaned regularly, they can become deeper and compromise the stability of your teeth. Brushing along the gumlines is also important, as this removes small amounts of plaque as well as stimulates the gum tissue. An electric toothbrush can help increase gum health as they remove more plaque than you can in the same time with a manual brush.
If your gums don’t stop bleeding within 2 weeks, then it’s time to schedule a visit with your dentist. Together, you and your dental team can help reverse your gum infection and preserve your healthy smile.
Posted on behalf of Envy Smile Dental Spa
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