Lasers have come a long way since we were kids. Who would have thought the technology we knew as the weapon of choice for aliens bent on galactic domination would some day be used to fight cavities?
Whether the target is earthlings or tooth decay, lasers work by emitting a high-energy beam of light that vaporizes matter. Unlike the B-movie variety, dental and medical lasers are so precise they can zap damaged cells without harming surrounding ones. This makes them ideal for delicate procedures related to your gums and teeth.
Lasers also reduce the risk of infection by killing the bacteria that cause cavities and sterilizing the exposed surface of the tooth prior to a filling or other restoration. They can also be used to desensitize teeth that are sensitive to cold.
With laser dentistry, there are no incisions or stitches for soft-tissue surgery such as gum therapy and gum contouring or treatments for cankers and cold sores. Because the high-energy beam minimizes bleeding and disinfects the tissue at the same time, the healing process is also much faster.
We are able to provide the following services for soft tissue:
- Gum reshaping and contouring, often necessary for certain cosmetic procedures
- Periodontal (gum) therapy
- Removal of small growths on the gums or lips (treatment for cold sores)
- Removal of excess gum tissue which can cause “gummy smiles”
Hard tissue laser dentistry includes:
- Removal of decay (cavity) within a tooth
- Preparation for fillings
If you are interested in discussing whether the laser dentistry is right for you, feel free to contact us for more information.