Laser Dentistry

   

Your prelude to a beautiful, healthy and confident smile

A perfect smile is within your reach. The experience is fast, quiet and virtually pain-free. It reduces the need for anesthesia and enables a quick recovery. In the hands of your trained, experienced dentist, the laser provides patients of all ages with the greatest comfort, precision and results.

Are lasers safe and effective?

Proven tools for superior patient care in all medical fields, lasers have provided medical and dental professionals and their patients of all ages with superior results for decades. They offer pinpoint accuracy, minimizing contact with healthy surrounding tissue. It is minimally invasive and conserves more tooth structure than conventional dentistry.

What are patient benefits of laser dentistry?

Comfort  - Since laser light is used to perform the procedure, you'll feel more comfortable and relaxed in the chair without the sound of the drill. Also, you'll feel no pain from the drill's vibration or heat generation.

Less or NO Anesthesia - For many patients, the best part of laser dentistry may be -- no more needles! For routine appointments or surgery, the need for anesthesia may be reduced or even eliminated.

Reduced Bleeding -  Bleeding is minimized and the need for sutures all but eliminated.

Short and Comfortable Healing  - Post-operative pain, discomfort and swelling are minimized, as laser accuracy assures minimal trauma to nearby tissue and faster overall recovery.

Dental lasers are ideal for the challenging treatment of:

Children - Due to reduced need for anesthesia and shortened chair time.

Seniors and high-risk patients -  Due to maximum control of bleeding and post-op infections.

What procedures are lasers ideal for?

Cavity Preparation - Precisely and selectively removes decayed tissue, leaving healthy tooth structure intact.

Periodontal Therapy - Can Change a "GUMMY" Smile and "Cleans" and debrides periodontal pockets and reducing inflammation with little or no post-operative pain.

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Endodontics (Root Canals) - Photon Induced Photoacoustic Streaming (PIPS), a revolutionary method for chemically cleaning and debriding the root canal system using Er: YAG laser energy at sub-ablative power levels. This procedure is being called the first real breakthrough in endodontics in 50 years. With the PIPS procedure, the entire root and sub-canal system is more effectively cleaned and debrided than with traditional instrument-only techniques, reducing the risk of re-infection. This procedure is also less invasive and preserves more tooth structure than traditional instrument techniques.

Crown and Bridge Preparation - Gently and accurately removes gum tissue with minimal bleeding.
This allows for perfect crown impressions and eliminates the need for multiple visits.

Cosmetic Recontouring - Gently corrects an uneven or "gummy" smile.

Oral Lesion Treatment - Offers instant relief from canker sores, aphthous ulcers, and herpetic lesions, reducing pain and post-op sensitivity.
 

Imagine Gum Surgery - Scalpel & Suture Free

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Periodontal Laser Disease Treatment

A patient-friendly treatment of periodontal disease using the latest technology. Lasers can help eliminate infection and heal diseased gums which otherwise could lead to early tooth loss.

How does it work?

Tartar, associated with inflammation and occasional bleeding gums, is removed from the root surface of the tooth using an ultrasonic scaler and small instruments.

Then, a small amount of light energy from a laser is directed through a tiny fiber, which is gently placed between the gum and tooth. This light energy aids in reducing the bacteria associated with the disease. After the area is thoroughly cleaned, the body can heal the area naturally.

Does it hurt?

Although the procedure itself can be virtually painless, the area may be anesthetized for your comfort. In this way the laser can be precisely directed for treatment. Post-procedure discomfort is typically less intense and of shorter duration than conventional periodontal surgery.

Tartar causes gums to become inflamed, red, sore, and sometimes bleed. Pocket depth is measured. The tartar is removed and the laser treats the area and allows natural healing to occur.

How long does it take?

The initial treatment will focus on scaling and use of small instruments to remove the tartar. Then, the laser portion of the treatment will be performed. Depending on the severity of the periodontal disease, treatment may be accomplished in one office visit or in multiple visits. Your estimated treatment time will be reviewed when the treatment plan is discussed.

Does this treatment cost more than traditional gum surgery?

The same billing codes as traditional gum surgery are used. There are other factors which may affect the cost such as the severity of the periodontal disease and how many teeth are involved.

The remarkable speed of the laser, the reduced anesthesia, and the increased comfort for patients makes the new system increasingly attractive to dental practices. You should note however that many insurance plans pay for only a portion of the treatment. You should discuss your payment options with the dental office personnel before laser treatment begins. You are encouraged to take care of the need as soon as possible to reduce further damage to your gums, teeth, and bone.

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