The number of applications for lasers in dentistry is astounding. We use the BIOLASE Waterlase® MD, one of the most advanced laser dentistry systems, to preform many procedures that would otherwise require drills or blades. These procedures can now be done faster, more accurately, and more comfortably with laser dentistry. Because there is usually little or no pain involved in laser dentistry procedures, guests can avoid the irritating numbness of local anesthetic and still enjoy a pain-free dental experience.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
- Procedures performed using soft tissue dental lasers may not require sutures (stitches).
- Certain laser dentistry procedures do not require anesthesia.
- Laser dentistry minimizes bleeding because the high-energy light beam aids in the clotting (coagulation) of exposed blood vessels, thus inhibiting blood loss.
- Bacterial infections are minimized because the high-energy beam sterilizes the area being worked on.
- Damage to surrounding tissue is minimized.
- Wounds heal faster and tissues can be regenerated.
- Gingival Recontouring-We use the Waterlase laser to even out your smileline. If you feel that you show too much of your gums when you smile, we can remove excess tissue to expose healthy tooth structure. We also do recontouring when doing cosmetic work like porcelain veneers.
- Painfree Biopsies-Our laser does pain free, suturelss removal of benign tumors from the gums, palate, sides of cheeks and lips. As a precaution, we send all biopsies off for lab evaluation.
- Fever Blisters and Apthous Ulcers-The Waterlase is used to reduce the pain of cold sores and ulcers and rapidly speed up healing time.
- Frenectomy-A frenectomy is a procedure that removes or loosens a band of muscle tissue that is connected to the lip, cheek or floor of the mouth. It is usually performed under local anesthetic with uneventful healing. This procedure is often recommended by an orthodontist to prevent a gap from reoccurring between the two front teeth. A frenectomy also is a treatment for ankyloglossia or being “tongue tied”.
- Fillings-We can treat small areas of decay using the laser. This is especially great for children since there are no shots required when using the laser.
- Crown Lengthening-Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue and bone to expose healthier tooth structure. Referred to as crown lengthening, such reshaping provides a stronger foundation for the placement of restorations.
The laser sees what the eye misses. The laser penetrates the tooth without damaging it and illuminates the tooth substance measuring. The device recognizes when there is a cavity. Healthy tooth substance fluoresces differently from a tooth with a cavity. If a cavity is found, the DIAGNOdent reacts emitting an acoustic signal and numerical reading. The whole process is pain-free. Cavities are like an iceberg. 90% are hidden below the surface of the tooth. The tooth is destroyed from within, leaving the surface intact to all appearances. It is not true, that mechanically scratching the surface of the tooth with a probe always reveals the cavity.
The new method uses: Laser light.