Lasers are the latest revolutionary tool for dental treatment. Much like the air driven drills changed dentistry in the 1950’s, lasers are changing how we treat dental patients today. We can work cleaner, faster, and with less post-operative discomfort. Lasers are used for many procedures performed by the dentist and the hygienist. Lasers can be used for cutting, disinfecting, and for sensitivity reduction.
Laser Tissue Contouring: Tissue contouring is performed with many procedures. Most commonly it is accompanied by a crown to remove tissue to obtain a perfect image or impression. This will ensure that the crown is well fitted and the tissue that rests against that new crown is healthy. Tissue contouring is also done for cosmetic reasons. Sometimes the gum tissue can become overgrown or too puffy and that tissue can be reduced with the laser giving the patient an instant smile makeover.
Laser Bacterial Reduction: Often times our gums can become red, inflamed, and bloody when brushed. This is an indication of gingivitis or an infection in the gums. If left untreated, it can develop into something more emergent like periodontal disease. Using the laser, bacteria is destroyed and the tissue is disinfected.
Laser Desensitizing: As we get older, our gums can recede and expose root surfaces that are very sensitive and porous. Using the laser we can treat the area with high concentration fluoride and a low setting to help with the absorption and decrease sensitivity.
Laser for Canker Sores: Canker sores are caused by a natural occurring virus. These canker sores can appear if the immune system is depressed or after a lengthy dental procedure. If treated in the first few days, the laser can diminish the healing time, the tenderness of the sore, and promote healthy cell regeneration.