Our dental team at McDonald Dental uses laser dentistry for many procedures. We take advantage of advances in medicine that have made dentistry more effective and safer than ever before. For patients who have anxiety about drills or other conventional tools of dentistry, laser technology may be a good alternative.
Originally developed in the 1960s and later widely introduced to the dentistry profession in 1989, “Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation” (LASER) dentistry focuses a powerful, precise beam of light to create heat which is used to manipulate hard or soft tissue in the mouth. Lasers for dental work come in two varieties, called “hard” and “soft” lasers. These two types utilize different technology and have separate applications. We practice soft tissue laser dentistry for both cosmetic and necessary dental work.
What Dental Work Can Be Performed With Lasers
Our patients can opt for laser treatment in a variety of circumstances. Depending on the type of work needed, lasers may be a great option for several reasons, including precision, recovery, and reduced anxiety during a visit to our clinic.
For work on soft tissues, like the gums, lasers manipulate the tissue as needed. Crown lengthening, for example, is the reshaping of the bone and gums around a tooth to make the foundation stronger for holding a crown in place over a tooth or dental implant. Lasers are also used to remove soft tissue in cases like “gummy smile” where the gum extends too far onto the teeth, or to remove soft tissue folds from dentures that require adjustments to fit properly.
What Are The Benefits Of Lasers For Dentistry
Lasers are significantly more precise in the areas they target. This can help to reduce any potential damage to surrounding tissues. As a result, our patients experience less inflammation after their work and recover more quickly.
Bleeding may be another concern for patients, especially those with a medical condition that requires care to prevent blood loss. Lasers coagulate (thicken) the blood, which results in much less bleeding and safer experience. In addition to coagulating the blood, lasers also minimize the chance of infection by killing harmful bacteria.
Pain or discomfort caused by dental work can be reduced or eliminated with lasers. One of the main benefits of using lasers is that there is often no need for anesthesia.
Our friendly staff is on hand to answer your questions about laser dentistry and whether it is right for you. Call McDonald Dental at (346) 250-3575 today to speak with a dental professional and schedule an appointment.