Laser Gum Therapy
During surgery, highly sophisticated lasers are used to cut and cauterize tissue. Laser dentistry is especially helpful in treating advanced cases of gum disease, as it can remove plaque and restore the gum line with a high degree of precision. There are often fewer scars than with traditional scalpels.
Dental lasers can be used to perform deep cleanings on patients with gum disease. Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar build up along the gum line. If left untreated, bacteria corrode the teeth and surrounding structures, often causing the gums to recede. Lasers Gum Therapy work by using heat to cauterize and sterilize the area; Alternating wavelengths of energy are used depending on whether an incision is being made or the laser is being used to disinfect an area. During the cleaning process, damaged tissues are removed with minimal risk of infection or excessive bleeding thanks to the precision of ultrasonic instruments. Ultrasonic lasers are high-precision instruments that can reach the tiniest spaces between teeth and gums for deep cleaning. Procedures performed with ultrasound instruments are often faster and less painful than traditional therapies. Patients can often go back to school or work the same day. Healing time is drastically reduced with laser dentistry, as opposed to using traditional metal instruments.
Lasers are sometimes used to safely drain abscesses that form in the mouth as a result of infection. High intensity light can be used to remove benign and malignant tumors of the cheeks, tongue and gums and can be used in combination with chemotherapy in cancer patients. Dental lasers can also be used to heal mouth ulcers, canker sores, gingivitis, and to remove excess gums. They are particularly effective in making the incisions necessary to remove affected wisdom teeth. Lasers can be used after dental treatments to reshape the gums and surrounding tissues. Because the amount of bacteria in the mouth is greatly reduced by using laser dentistry, the risk of postoperative complications is also reduced.
High intensity laser light can also be used for cosmetic teeth whitening. During treatment, LED rays are focused on discolored areas for safe and effective whitening. Unlike traditional whitening treatments, strong whitening agents are not required. The treatment usually lasts about 45 minutes. The results are more dramatic and last longer than over-the-counter whitening creams and strips. Treatment is especially helpful for patients who have discoloration from smoking, drinking coffee or red wine, or who have hyperpigmentation due to excess fluoride (fluorosis). Unlike other whitening methods, tooth enamel is not damaged. Depending on the lifestyle of the patient, the whitening treatment can last several years.
Dental lasers are a groundbreaking technological advance that has revolutionized standard treatments for everything from gum disease to tumor removal. High-efficiency LED lights provide safe and effective methods to remove unwanted tissues while cleaning and disinfecting them to prevent infection. Laser dentistry offers the advantage of faster healing times with fewer complications compared to more traditional methods. It can even be used to enhance your smile with whitening methods that far exceed over-the-counter whiteners.