In our opinion, Lasers are one of the most influential advancements in dentistry. With laser dentistry, you’ll have the opportunity to experience an exciting technology.
Dental lasers are a family of instruments. Some are used for surgery, some to remove tooth structure for elimination of disease, some are used for diagnosis of tooth decay (cavities) and some are used to scan your tooth and create a digital picture on a computer screen. Different lasers are used for different procedures.
Lasers do not make whining sounds or other annoying noises. You may experience the sound of a rush of air, since air suction is often used to keep the area cool and cleaner. You should be able to relax and be comfortable while we use any of the dental lasers in our office.
With laser surgery, there is a reduced need for local anesthesia, bleeding is minimized, swelling is controlled and there is usually little, if any, postoperative discomfort. Lasers that remove tooth decay are fast and seldom require anesthesia. Lasers used in diagnosis of tooth deay are very low level lasers and are completely painless.
SOFT TISSUE LASERS
Most often we use lasers for soft tissue procedures. Soft tissue lasers enable the dentist to treat a multitude of soft tissue pathologies with extreme accuracy, minimal bleeding and minimal post operative discomfort. We often use soft tissue lasers in our practice to assist in cavity or crown preparations. In a few seconds, a soft tissue laser can help create an accurate impression for a crown, or safely and painlessly expose a cavity that has progressed below the gum line. Anything from cosmetic re-shaping of the gum tissue to removal of a small fibroma can be completed with a soft tissue laser. They are used to safely treat and destroy bacteria in gum pockets associated with periodontal disease. And we can evenly safely and painlessly desensitize teeth, cure painful canker sores and prevent and treat cold sores. Soft tissue lasers are an extremely versatile instrument which is why they have become an absolute staple in our care of our patients.
Hard tissue lasers are used to remove old composite fillings, detect and repair cavities, and prepare teeth for bonding. As with soft tissue lasers, they dramatically minimize discomfort and allow the dentist to treat teeth with more precision.
The hard tissue family of Lasers is very interesting and unique in that they work on the hard tissues (tooth and bone.) Many cavities, which in the past required a shot to numb the tooth can be done pain free without any needles, pain, or anesthetic. This enables us to perform much more dentistry in a single visit and in a shorter time, all with no pain.
Call us today at 610-631-5800 to see if Laser Dentistry is right for you!