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In recent years, laser dentistry has superseded many traditional dentistry practices, making treatments more precise and less painful. This newer style of dentistry utilizes intense beams of light projected by a dental laser. Dental lasers can be used to perform a wide variety of treatments, including soft tissue shaping and removal.
The FDA deemed laser dentistry to be safe for public usage in 1990. Since then, many dentists have incorporated dental lasers into everyday procedures – reducing bleeding, anxiety and post-treatment recovery times. The beauty of dental lasers is that they damage far less of the surrounding tissue than traditional techniques – which means less discomfort and pain.
Here are some of the other benefits associated with laser dentistry:
Faster healing and tissue regeneration.
Preservation of more of the natural tooth.
Reduced bleeding during and after treatment.
Reduced need for anesthesia.
Reduced need for stitches and sutures.
Reduced risk of bacterial infections after procedures.
How can laser dentistry help me?
Laser dentistry is incredibly versatile and plays an important role in a growing number of common dental procedures. Though laser dentistry is most notably associated with cosmetic treatments, it is equally effective for preventative purposes. The best part about all procedures with the laser is bleeding does not occur and there is no open wound...which means little to no pain during and after the procedure.
Here are some of the ways that dental lasers can be used:
Healing those painful, unsightly cold sores – by using low level laser energy we deactivate viral particles and speed healing, or even prevent outbreaks! Imagine feeling that initial "itchy" sensation, visiting us for laser therapy once for 10 minutes and never seeing that outbreak occur!
Improving your recovery after a deep cleaning – after a deep cleaning the gums need to firm up around the teeth again. Our one time laser therapy going over the gums can drastically improve the recovery time and health score of the gums.
- Muscle pain therapy – BRAND NEW TECHNOLOGY. Using the dedicated low level laser attachment, we can use our laser over your jaw/TMJ muscles to inhibit pain, reduce inflammation, and put you on the road to recovery.
- Reshaping soft tissue – Dental lasers can dissolve soft tissue to expose more of the natural tooth (crown lengthening), reshape soft tissue to make “gummy smiles” more attractive, and remove uncomfortable soft tissue folds caused by denture wear.
Frenectomy – The removal/reduction of a frenum (a muscle attachment to your gums and tongue that sometimes is over-developed). Lasers can improve speech by untying the tongue and can also prevent gum recession and root exposure.
Tumor removal – When benign tumors have formed in the soft tissue areas of the mouth, a dental laser can completely remove them without causing pain.
Biopsy – Lasers are sometimes used to perform a biopsy on suspicious areas of soft tissue. This biopsy procedure can be performed instantly and with great precision.
How are laser procedures performed?
We use diode lasers, which are usually employed to treat soft tissue problems. The doctor will discuss with you and decide when the laser can be used to improve outcomes of various procedures. Many procedures can be performed without a shot and you will just feel warmth on the area we are working on.
The laser beam is extremely bright, and special glasses will be provided to protect the eyes. The procedure will take far less time than conventional methods, and cause far less anxiety and discomfort.
If you have questions or concerns about laser dentistry, please ask Dr. Tilden or your hygienist.