Laser Dentistry

Why Laser Dentistry?

At Delicate Dental Arts, Dr. Nguyen cares about giving her patients the best treatment by investing in advanced training and technology.  Laser dentistry has been shown to heal better and be less traumatic than traditional dentistry.  It is less invasive and kills bacteria at the same time.  What is laser dentistry? If you’ve never heard of this innovative type of dental care, now is the time to learn. Laser dentistry is a minimally invasive option when you’re facing gum surgery, cavity treatment, or other oral issues.

Laser Dentistry: An Overview

Medical professionals use lasers, which are extremely focused light beams, to alter or remove tissue in small amounts. Laser surgery is not limited to dentistry, but many people have never heard of laser dentistry before having it done. Dentists use lasers in a variety of procedures involving the inside of the mouth, be it to remove overgrown tissue, to reshape the gums, or to whiten teeth. Sometimes, laser dentistry is ideal for children who become anxious or afraid when having dental work done.

What Laser Dentistry Can Treat

Most issues laser dentistry treats are related to the gums. Some of these include:

  • Canker sore and cold sore pain treatments.

  • Treating root canal infections.

  • Treating gum disease and implants

  • Removing gum inflammation.

  • TMJ

  • Sleep apnea

  • Biopsies.

  • Exposing wisdom teeth.

 

  • Regenerating damaged nerves.

  • Removing benign oral tumours.

Benefits of Laser Dentistry

Dentists choose laser dentistry because of distinct benefits that make the procedures go more smoothly, and also reduce discomfort and healing time for patients.

  • Patients are less likely to require sutures

  • Anesthesia may not be necessary

  • The laser will sterilize the gums, making infection less likely

  • Less damage to gums shortens the healing time

  • Patients lose less blood than traditional surgery

What Happens During Laser Gum Surgery or Other Dentistry?

When you come for your laser dentistry appointment, you might be surprised to discover that the process is very similar to other dentistry appointments, like tooth fillings.  Many times, patients will not need any shots or anesthesia for a filling if done with laser.   You may choose to receive anesthesia, though it might not be as much as you’re used to receiving. During the procedure, you won’t feel any vibrations or discomfort from the laser like you do from the drill. Post-Operative Expectations

If you’ve ever had gum surgery done without a laser, you can expect that your post-operative experience after laser dentistry will likely be smoother. Because a laser causes far less bleeding than a scalpel, don’t expect the site of your surgery to bleed very much when you get home. You won’t have an open, bleeding wound the way you would with a scalpel procedure.

While you should still follow cleaning and care instructions to the letter, you’re less likely to get an infection because the laser also kills bacteria. You also won’t typically experience the pain and discomfort associated with scalpel surgery because laser is less traumatic to the gums.

  • Detecting cavities.

  • Dealing with tooth sensitivity.

  • Reshaping the gums to create a more pleasing smile.

  • Removing folds in oral soft tissues caused by dentures.

Whether you’re having laser gum surgery or hard tissue work, expect an easier procedure and a shorter recovery time. Laser dentistry is a convenient solution to many oral and dental problems, whether serious in nature or simply cosmetic. Ask your dentist about laser dentistry the next time you need dental work completed.