Laser dentistry can be a precise and effective way to perform many dental procedures. The potential for laser dentistry to improve dental procedures rests in the dentist's ability to control power output and the duration of exposure on the tissue (whether gum or tooth structure), allowing for treatment of a highly specific area of focus without damaging surrounding tissues.
If you consider yourself somewhat of an anxious dental patient and are seeking extreme safety and comfort, you might consider looking for dentists who have incorporated laser dentistry techniques into their practices and treatments. It is estimated that 6 percent of general dentists own a laser for soft-tissue applications, with that number expected to increase over time.
Laser Dentistry Benefits
Procedures performed using soft tissue dental lasers may not require sutures (stitches).
Certain laser dentistry procedures do not require anesthesia.
Laser dentistry minimizes bleeding because the high-energy light beam aids in the clotting (coagulation) of exposed blood vessels, thus inhibiting blood loss.
Bacterial infections are minimized because the high-energy beam sterilizes the area being worked on.
Damage to surrounding tissue is minimized.
Wounds heal faster and tissues can be regenerated.
Laser Dentistry Procedures
Dental Fillings/Tooth Preparation
Gummy Smile Correction
Muscle Attachment (Frenula) Correction
Soft Tissue Fold (Epulis) Removal
Laser Gum Therapy
Here are seven benefits of using lasers to treat gum disease:
1. Eliminates bleeding of the gums immediately
2. Seals deep periodontal pockets
3. Eliminates cutting the gums, soreness and other discomfort caused by surgery
4. Reduces or eliminates loose teeth
5. Regenerates bone and ligament tissue
6. Enhances the possibility of success
7. Offers an easy solution in case of a setback
Third Molar Extraction
Wisdom teeth are also known as “third molars.” Wisdom teeth usually grow out around the age of 17 -25. Some of these teeth will only partially break through while others may stay completely buried under the gum tissue.
An estimated 85% of wisdom teeth will have to be eventually removed, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Approximately 35% of the population is born without wisdom teeth. There is a debate amongst researchers as to the cause of this. Nine out of Ten people will have an impacted wisdom tooth.
There are different options for dealing with wisdom teeth.
If they do not break through, you may want to leave them as they are. In this situation it is advised that you have x-rays every few years to make sure there is no change in your tooth or gum health. If you are young and have them removed, you will heal faster. If one or more teeth is impacted, there is no choice but to have it removed.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
Full mouth reconstruction, full mouth rehabilitation and full mouth restoration are terms often used interchangeably to describe the process of rebuilding or simultaneously restoring all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws.
Full mouth reconstruction typically involves general or restorative dentists (performing procedures like crowns, bridges, and veneers), and can incorporate dental specialists like periodontists (specializing in the gums), oral surgeons, orthodontists (specializing in tooth movements and positions) and endodontists (specializing in the tooth pulp).
The need for full mouth reconstruction may result from:
Teeth that have been lost due to decay or trauma.
Teeth that have been injured or fractured.
Teeth that have become severely worn as a result of long-term acid erosion (foods, beverages, acid reflux) or tooth grinding.
Ongoing complaints of jaw, muscle and headache pain requiring adjustments to the bite (occlusion).
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots used to support a restoration for a missing tooth or teeth, helping to stop or prevent jaw bone loss. The implantation procedure is categorized as a form of prosthetic (artificial replacement) dentistry but also is considered a form of cosmetic dentistry.
People who have lost teeth might feel too self-conscious to smile or talk. Additionally, biting irregularities caused by tooth loss can have a negative effect on eating habits, leading to secondary health problems like malnutrition.
By replacing missing tooth roots, dental implants provide people with the strength and stability required to eat all the foods they love, without struggling to chew. Additionally, they help to stimulate and maintain jaw bone, preventing bone loss and helping to support facial features.
Pediatric dentistry focuses on children's oral health care. You can learn about the best ways to take care of teeth and gums to ensure optimal dental health and prevent the onset of dental disease. Good dental health begins with proper nutrition, regular brushing and flossing, the right amount of fluoride, and timely clinical exams.
Pediatric dentistry provides comprehensive and preventive oral health care for infants, children, and teens and for patients with special needs. Our dentists have the training, experience and properly equipped facility (operating room) to safely provide services.
Accidents happen, and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth. When you have a dental emergency, it’s important to visit right away and we are available for dental emergency.