We are pleased to announce that we have recently acquired a dental laser for our office. This laser is designed to treat both teeth and gums, allowing us to offer our patients a variety of exciting new treatment options. We are proud to be among the first of a growing number of dental offices nationwide to acquire this breakthrough laser technology. One of the most exciting new treatments we can offer with this laser is pain free cavity preparations without anesthetic injections and numbness. While the laser does not replace the dental drill in every case, when it does, you will love the absence of the drill whine and vibration! This laser also allows us to treat gum (periodontal) disease right in our office. The treatment is a gentle and effective way to stop the damage being done by the infection in the gums. Patients who have had this form of laser treatment report that they have little or no discomfort after the procedure.
How dental lasers work
Dental lasers help us treat conditions in the mouth using light energy. The laser is very selective, penetrating to a specific depth in the particular kind of tissue we want to treat.
The tissue absorbs the laser light, which agitates the molecules of the tissue, causing the tissue cells to gently break apart. This very precisely treats only the desired area, while leaving healthy gums, bone, and tooth structure untouched.
Uses of dental lasers
There are different kinds of dental lasers, and we use them to treat different kinds of oral tissues. We can use lasers on soft tissues like gums, and on hard tissues, like teeth and bone.
We may use lasers on soft tissues to reshape healthy gum tissues or remove diseased gums, decontaminate gum pockets that are infected with periodontal disease, and treat some sores in the mouth.
We can also use lasers on hard tissues to remove tooth decay and prepare teeth for sealants, bonding, fillings, and other restorations, perform root canal therapy, reshape bone, and treat sensitive teeth.
The benefits of lasers
There are many benefits of using lasers:
They are much quieter than a dental drill, with no whining or vibration.
They are very precise, so there is minimal impact on oral tissues.
They're gentle and generally painless, so they often require little or no anesthesia.
They can minimize bleeding and swelling, and speed the healing of gum tissues.
They reduce the risk of infection by decontaminating the affected areas.
Dental lasers are a versatile tool for more comfortable and effective dental treatment.