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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

Jul
16

Soft Tissue Laser Therapy

Posted in Laser Dentistry

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. 

Perio therapy.

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. 

Gingival recontouring.

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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Mar
26

Laser Dentistry

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Do you know what laser dentistry is? Laser dentistry is the use of lasers for dental procedures. Lasers are appliances that send out a thin, strong beam of light energy. When the light that a laser produces comes into tissue it can remove or even shape it. And lasers have been used in dentistry since 1990. They are very safe and can be used for a variety of dental procedures.

Some of the common used for dental lasers are:

  • Lowering the discomfort of canker and cold sores
  • Creating a vision for partially broken through wisdom teeth
  • Taking off muscle attachments
  • Managing gum tissues for crowns or other dental procedures
  • Biopsies
  • Aiding in the treatment of gum disease
  • Treating root canals with infections
  • Speeding up teeth whitening

There are many advantages to dentists using lasers. First, the laser sometimes replaces using drills, which also replaces using anesthesia.  Secondly, procedures that use lasers are done much more accurately. Last but not least, when lasers are used the recovery time is very short.

Are dental lasers safe? Absolutely – as long as the lasers are being used by a trained professional. You will be asked to wear glasses to protect your eyes for the laser light.

If you are wondering if lasers are used at your preferred dental office, all you have to do is call. Give your dentists office a phone call and simply ask. But remember, dental lasers are not suitable for every single dental method. Also, it is important to know that your dentist has been trained properly on using the dental laser.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Omar Damji, Executive Park Dentistry

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Mar
8

Diagnodent Cavity Detection

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Tooth decay creeps up on people when they least expect it, sometimes feeling as if it just happened overnight. Although cavities can form quickly given the circumstances, early diagnosis can catch them when they are very small. The earlier the decay is diagnosed, the more affordable and less invasive it is to treat it and prevent it, saving the affected tooth as well as adjacent teeth in the mouth. Traditionally, decay has been diagnosed through two different methods: x-rays and clinical examinations.

Now patients can have cavities found before they’re even visible to their dentist. Thanks to cutting edge technology such as the DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection system, dental patients can actually have the health and density of their tooth enamel checked by equipment that picks up on weak areas or small cavities before they’ve ever been able to be diagnosed using traditional methods.

To determine the actual density, the pen-shaped detector is calibrated along obviously healthy areas of tooth enamel. Then it is used to check the pits and fissures of the chewing surfaces – an area of the teeth that is often one of the first ones to develop cavities. A visible number can be seen to show what the density is, along with an audible alarm for unhealthy areas.

Why is this so important? Because it allows the preservation of as much healthy tooth enamel as possible. After all, nothing is better than healthy tooth enamel, even the very best restorations available. Teeth that are treated when these areas are very small mean that only slight alteration and restoration is needed, preventing the cavity from invading healthier structures around it or becoming a bigger problem later on.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Omar Damji, Executive Park Dentistry

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Aug
13

Welcome to the High Tech Dental Office

In today’s high-tech dental offices, you will find many features, amenities, tools, and equipment that didn’t exist ten or twenty years ago.  Advances in technology have changed the way dentistry is done and has improved the effectiveness, comfort, and safety of dental care.  If you visit a modern dental office, you will likely notice the difference as soon as you walk in the door.

Dentists understand that a soothing, pleasant atmosphere helps control dental anxiety and contributes to a more comfortable dental experience.  As a result, waiting areas look more like the waiting area at your local spa than a dentist’s office.  You may be offered a beverage or a snack while waiting in an area with high definition televisions, free WiFi,  or music delivered through noise cancelling headphones.

Once seated in a comfortable dentist’s chair, you may have the opportunity to watch television on your own personal screen or listen to the music of your choice during your procedure.  Instead of photographic X-rays, your dentist will use digital X-ray equipment that exposes you to much lower levels of radiation and produces an immediate image of your teeth and gums on a screen in front of you.  You and your dentist can review the images and other case information right on the screen.

Your dentist may use a laser to locate tiny cavities, enhance teeth whitening, or to perform soft tissue procedures on your gums.  Using a laser for soft tissue procedures results in less swelling and discomfort and faster healing times.  A laser may also be used in place of a drill to remove tooth decay and to place tooth colored composite fillings.  In many cases, no anesthetic is necessary for laser restoration.

If you need an anesthetic, your dentist may use a computer controlled wand instead of a needle and syringe to inject the aesthetic at a slow, comfortable speed while you relax on the massaging dental chair.  These are just a few of the ways that technology is helping dentists provide more comfortable, more effective dental care in less time.

Aug
13

Lasers In Your Dentists Office

The next time you visit your dentist for a filling, root canal, gum surgery, or some other dental procedure, you may be surprised to find your dentist using a laser instead of a drill or other traditional tool.  American dentistry has been slow to adopt lasers for use in dentistry, but lasers are widely used for dental procedures in Europe.

Lasers have been approved for use in dentistry by the FDA since the 1990s, but due to the high cost of the equipment and the learning curve involved in switching to this high-tech dental equipment only about ten to fifteen percent of dentists use lasers in their practice. Lasers are slowly becoming more common in the dentist’s office because they offer many advantages for some types of dental treatments.

Many dentists use lasers to detect tiny cavities so they can be treated before grow larger. Finding and filling a cavity while it is very small means that the filling can be smaller, little tooth structure has to be removed, and the procedure is easier and much less uncomfortable for the patient.

Lasers can also help with placement of fillings.  Instead of drilling, the laser can be used to remove the tooth decay and sterilize the cavity. In particular, many dentists use lasers to place composite fillings because they help the composite resin cure and bond to the tooth.  There is none of the noise, heat, or vibration associated with the dental drill and many patients do not need any anesthetic.

Lasers can also be used for gum surgery and teeth whitening.  When used in surgical procedures, there is less bleeding, faster recovery, and less discomfort for the patient.

Lasers have some limitations and cannot totally replace the dental drill.  For example, they cannot be used to remove old fillings or to place larger fillings.  For now, your dentist will need to rely on the dental drill for these procedures.

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