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Ulcer Relief and Laser Treatment

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Ulcers can flare up when you least expect them, and stay on your mind until they’re gone completely. Sometimes ulcers flare up due to irritation, foods, or even stress. Even the slip of a toothbrush can create enough tissue irritation to cause an ulcer to flare up. One can try to tough out the discomfort, or find ways to relieve it until healing has taken place.

An effective at-home remedy many dentists recommend is “miracle mouthwash.” This is a mouthwash that is made using some common medicines that help to numb the tissues and provide pain relief so that you can get on your way throughout the rest of the day. To make the rinse, take one part liquid antihistamine and mix it with one part milk of magnesia, then apply it to the ulcer with a cotton swab or by rinsing and gargling. Be sure not to swallow it and spit out any residue of the rinse. This will provide temporary but effective relief.

In-office laser therapy provides instant relief and dramatically reduces healing time. Just a few seconds under a dental laser and oral ulcers are treated so that symptoms are no longer present. For patients that experience chronic ulcers, dental laser therapy is a must! A short appointment or using the laser during another procedure will provide instant relief.

If your ulcer persists for more than 2 weeks, be sure to see your dentist. Most sores like ulcers will heal within 7-14 days. Prolonged symptoms or sores that do not heal could indicate other health problems that have gone undiagnosed.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care



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.


Lingual Frenectomy versus Lingual Frenuloplasty

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Lingual frenectomy and lingual frenuloplasty are both dental procedures used to correct a condition called ankyloglossia. Ankylogloassia, more commonly known as ‘tied tongue’, is an abnormality of the lingual frenulum. The lingual frenulum, the band of tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth, is abnormally short, thick, and tight in individuals with ankyloglossia. This affects the movement of the tongue and can cause eating, speech, tooth development, oral health, and psycho-social problems. Ankyloglossia is a condition some people are born with, whether due to hereditary or environmental factors.

Lingual frenectomy

Lingual frenectomy is a surgical procedure that involves completely removing the lingual frenulum. It is performed by an oral surgeon with the help of local anesthesia. The procedure takes 10 to 15   minutes to complete and the patient is left with a short row of stitches on the underside of the tongue. Serious side-effects are not typically seen with lingual frenectomy; however, potential complications include bleeding, infection, and in some cases, temporary or permanent nerve damage.

Lingual frenuloplasty

Lingual frenuloplasty differs from lingual frenectomy in that the frenulum is not completely removed, but only altered. The goal of lingual frenuloplasty is to snip the lingual frenulum just enough to loosen it and increase the mobility of the tongue. In terms of procedure length and post- operative expectations, lingual frenuloplasty is very similar to lingual frenectomy.

Lingual frenectomy and frenuloplasty may be performed using a scalpel (surgical knife) or a soft tissue laser. Laser dental surgery has several advantages compared to dental surgery done with a scalpel.  Ankyloglossia treated with a laser does not require stitches, and also results in less pain and bleeding.


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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