Laser dentistry is a painless dental procedure that utilizes powerful narrow beams of concentrated light to perform a range of treatments, such as cutting or vaporizing soft tissues, removing tooth decay and whitening teeth.
WHAT IS LASER DENTISTRY?
Many times, patients are hesitant to go to the dentist because of the sounds and vibrations caused by the dental drill. This is why we use laser technology in our office, since it is easier, painless and quicker than traditional drills. Laser dentistry uses high-powered laser technology to power away soft and hard tissue. It can be useful in most dental appointments when a drill or even scalpel might be needed.
WHY IS LASER DENTISTRY NEEDED?
The reason laser dentistry might be needed is because we need to treat either hard or soft tissue. Lasers can be used to eradicate areas of decay as well as file down and smooth teeth in preparation for crowns and bridge work. In surgical procedures, these lasers can be used to help cut through soft tissue without the trauma of a typical scalpel. The process of using a laser in dental procedures is safe and highly effective.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR LASER DENTISTRY?
Laser technology is safe and effective for most patients. You can benefit from this type of option because it is often painless, and some of our patients won’t even need anesthetic while the laser is in use. You won’t have the sounds and the vibrations associated with a typical dental drill. In fact, both adults and children can benefit from this type of option when coming into our office.
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WHAT HAPPENS DURING LASER DENTISTRY?
The first step is to have you come into our office for your appointment. We will sit you comfortably in one of our operatories. Because lasers are often painless, anesthetic may not be needed depending on the type of work being done. We then use a small handheld device and laser technology to power away hard and soft tissue as it is needed. We can use this type of technology when preparing teeth for fillings, crowns and bridge work. You will find that the procedure goes quickly and more smoothly than ever before.
If you think you might benefit from laser dentistry, call us today so that we can get you in for a consultation appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Laser dentistry is a technique used in dental care that uses lasers to remove decay, perform corrective procedures, and perform surgery. It is a minimally invasive technique that helps preserve more of the natural tooth structure than more traditional dental techniques.
Laser dentistry can be used for a variety of dental treatments, including cavity preparation, gum reshaping, contouring and crown lengthening, periodontal disease treatment, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) treatment, and more.
Laser dentistry is a safe and effective treatment option for many dental issues, but like any dental procedure, there can be risks involved. Possible risks include infection, sensitivity, irritation to the gums, and increased pain.
Laser dentistry usually does not involve pain, since it works quickly and precisely. Most procedures are performed under local anesthesia, and some patients report feeling a feeling of warmth or pressure during the procedure. Most patients experience little to no discomfort after the procedure.