Laser Dentistry: The Non-Invasive Alternative to Scalpels
If you have been putting off treatment, such as for gum disease or a “gummy” smile, because you fear the scalpel-and-suture surgery, you are not alone. Many of our patients opt for the non-invasive laser dentistry option because it: 1) vastly improves their comfort during the procedure, 2) rarely needs additional sedation, 3) jumpstarts rapid and comfortable healing, and most importantly, 4) eliminates the need for scalpels, incisions, or sutures! Our doctors are uniquely trained to utilize laser technology, and can provide beautiful and long-term results—with hardly any discomfort for you.
EFFECTIVE. PRECISE. VIRTUALLY PAINLESS.
We use dental lasers for both functional and cosmetic treatment, from a simple frenectomy to treating advanced gum disease. Because certain treatments require different approaches, we introduced both the BIOLASE® dental laser and a soft tissue dental laser into our practice to ensure all our laser treatments are as effective, precise, and as painless as possible, no matter what procedure you require.
A dangerously progressive condition, gum disease requires comprehensive treatment to restore health to the gum tissue and to save teeth. With the laser, disease is gently eradicated while ensuring healthy gum tissue remains intact. Treatment is virtually painless, highly effective, and promotes rapid healing.
To save failing dental implants, dental lasers are used to clear away bacteria from on and around the implant post and the infected bone. The laser also helps to jumpstart regeneration and rapid healing of the bone, which fuses back to the implant post and stabilizes the dental implant.
Moderate gum disease that has not damaged the bone requires a gingivectomy to remove the diseased tissue that has pulled away from the teeth. The dental laser is used to remove diseased tissue and reshape remaining healthy gums to eliminate the periodontal pockets between the teeth.
A frenulum, the fold of tissue underneath the tongue or upper lip, may need to be released to allow for a greater range of motion. A laser frenectomy vaporizes this tissue away virtually painlessly and with little-to-no bleeding. This procedure can be performed in a matter of minutes and has long-term results.
Cold sores or canker sores that appear around or inside the mouth can last for weeks at a time and vary in size and painfulness. A dental laser targets the virus or bacteria and numbs the nerve endings, greatly reducing healing time and eliminating pain immediately.
Tooth hypersensitivity makes it difficult to enjoy foods that are hot or cold in nature. A dental laser can desensitize teeth, diminishing or even eliminating discomfort at the source, effectively minimizing sensitivity for long periods of time.
Gum tissue that covers too much of the tooth surface reduces smile aesthetics and can harbor bacteria beneath. A dental laser is used to reshape this gum tissue into a more balanced and healthy arch around the teeth.
Comfortable Care from Highly Trained Dentists
Dental lasers help us provide more comfortable experiences for our patients and is commonly the reason patients choose laser dentistry over traditional methods. Our specialized training in laser dentistry enables us to bring you this non-invasive care, improving your confidence in your oral health care and our ability to fully restore your smile in the most efficient and painless manner. Are you curious about how laser dentistry is benefiting our patients? Visit our office for a consultation and learn if this non-invasive option is right for you.
The Proof Is In Our Patients
Is there a cure for gum disease?
The only type of periodontal or gum disease that can be cured is gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease. If you have gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be cured by professional cleanings at our office, followed by daily brushing and flossing. Periodontally disease cannot be cured. It can however be controlled for the rest of your life.
Is gum disease reversible?
Early stages of gum disease such as gingivitis are reversible with a thorough dental cleaning and good daily home care. However, if you prolong the time between dental visits or fail to brush well or clean between your teeth, gingivitis will return. More severe periodontal or gum disease is generally not reversible, but it is treatable. If the bone and tissue holding the teeth in place aren’t impacted, this damage is usually reversible. If the bone and tissue holding the teeth in place are impacted, the damage it causes is permanent. We can stop the disease from progressing and the potential systemic problems such as cardiovascular disease, it is associated with. We are able in many situations able to restore and rebuild the bone.
What is the best treatment for gum disease?
With gum or periodontal disease, there are varying treatments depending upon the severity of the condition. In the early stages of gum disease, the first step usually involves a special cleaning called scaling and root planing, which removes plaque and tartar deposits on the tooth and root surfaces. The scaling and root planing help gum tissues heal and reattach to the tooth. A general cleaning or prophy is not appropriate at this stage and will not remedy the situation. A more severe case of periodontal or gum disease may need treatment by a specialist called a periodontist.