Laser dentistry uses dental lasers and conservative procedures that are fast, easy, virtually painless, and offer a level of precision that may not be available with conventional dental instruments.
Dental lasers use an invisible energy beam to perform soft tissue procedures more efficiently and more comfortably for our patients. Some lasers are used for surgery, some to cure restorative materials and enhance tooth bleaching, and others to remove tooth structure for the elimination of disease and/or cosmetic or structural restoration. Depending on your treatment needs, we may use the laser for a long period of time or possibly only for brief moments. However, even procedures that require only a short period of laser usage benefit from the advantages of laser therapy. With laser surgery, there is a reduced need for local anesthesia, bleeding is minimized, swelling is more controlled, and there is usually little (if any) postoperative discomfort. In addition, laser energy enhances the effects of tooth bleaching agents for a faster and more effective final result. Natural-looking restorative materials for teeth also are more quickly cured to greater hardness.
Lasers do not make the uncomfortable sounds found with traditional dental instruments. Patients may hear the sound of a rush of air, as suction is often used to keep the area cool and clear, however, they should be able to relax while the dental laser is in use. During laser dentistry procedures patients are also provided with safety glasses with lenses for eye protection.
Laser Cavity Detection
A low-powered laser can be used to locate tiny pits within tooth enamel that can become cavities. The laser, called DIAGNOdent®, can detect decay early. Once located, the tiny spots on the tooth can be covered with a clear sealant in order to prevent cavities.
Lasers for the Removal of Decay
Lasers can also eliminate the need for drilling and reduce patients' fears about treatment. We use diode lasers to vaporize decay and treatment is virtually painless, eliminating the need for anesthesia.
In-Office Laser Tooth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening methods are performed with bleaching gel and laser light. This is a good method of teeth whitening for sensitive teeth. The teeth are carefully isolated from the lips and gums, and then a bleaching gel is applied to them. A laser is used in conjunction with the gel to accelerate and amplify the tooth whitening process.
Laser Gum Re-Contouring
This treatment involves re-contouring and shaping the gum tissue that surrounds one or more teeth. It may be performed for functional or aesthetic reasons. Laser gum contouring is used to enhance the patient's smile. For instance, the procedure may be used to improve the appearance of "gummy" smile where teeth appear too short. The teeth may actually be the proper length, but too much gum tissue covers them. Also, in some cases, the gum line is uneven - which can make the teeth appear irregular.
Gum disease is caused by the bacterial infection in the periodontal pockets. Periodontal pockets are present in people infected with periodontal disease, as the gum is detached from the teeth due to the disease. The gum disease treatment involves removing the contaminated superficial part of the root by instrumentation and scaling. The Laser instrument generates a beam of concentrated light in short pulses to disinfect gingival (gum) tissue with great precision, effectively disinfecting and sterilizing the inside of the periodontal pockets, while sealing off blood vessels and minimizing chances of future infection. Inflamed gum tissue can then be removed to slow down the process of gum disease.