• What Dental Procedures Are Performed Using Lasers?

    on Oct 18th, 2018

Our doctors at About Smiles spend a lot of time staying current with the latest dental procedures so they can give you the services you deserve. In some cases, that means our doctors use lasers to correct and prevent dental problems.

“Laser” may sound like a scary word, but the technology actually makes it safer for us to perform certain treatments. Learning more about how we use lasers will help you understand how the technology benefits you.

Laser periodontal therapy

Gum disease (also called periodontal disease) happens when you get an infection in your gums or nearby bones. Some people are genetically susceptible to gum disease. Others get it because they take certain medications, smoke tobacco, or simply don’t take good care of their oral hygiene.

If you have gum disease, then our doctors may want to use laser periodontal therapy to treat the condition. A laser makes it safe for dentists to remove infected gum tissue from your mouth. The laser helps prevent bleeding. It also provides more accuracy than a knife, so your dentist can target specific areas of tissue and shorten your recovery time.

After using the laser, dentists complete periodontal therapy by removing plaque that has accumulated below the gumline. Your body’s natural healing process will grow more gum tissue to cover any exposed spots.

Teeth whitening

You may have used at-home whitening systems that use chemicals to whiten your teeth. If you did, then you probably didn’t get the long-term results you wanted. Unfortunately, no one has developed an at-home system that works as well as the tooth-whitening procedures used at About Smiles.

In our office, we can apply a peroxide solution to your teeth. We then use a laser to speed up the process and give you better results by activating the chemicals.

Removing tooth decay

Do you dread the sound of a dental drill? Considering that 92% of American adults between 20 and 64 have cavities, there’s a good chance you hate that sound. Laser technology will change the way you feel about getting decayed areas removed from your teeth.

Lasers can remove decay from teeth more quickly than conventional drills. That means you spend less time in the dental chair. You also don’t have to experience the sound and discomfort of a dental drill.

After dentists remove decay from teeth, they can fill the area to prevent further decay.

Lesion removal

Lesions, such as canker sores, can cause a lot of pain. Most canker sores disappear on their own. For some people, though, major canker sores can cause pain for six weeks before they heal. The sores may even extend onto the lips or grow unexpectedly large.

When lesions get out of control, your dentist can treat them with a laser. A quick blast removes the lesion and lets your mouth start to heal.

Dentists can use a similar process when they take biopsies. A biopsy involves taking a small piece of tissue from your mouth so a lab can test it for cancer or other health problems. Using a knife can cause pain and bleeding. A laser takes the sample quickly so you experience as little discomfort as possible.

Lasers have revolutionized many areas of health care. Our office invests in new technology so our doctors can use lasers to make your visits quicker and more comfortable.

The next time you need to visit a dentist, schedule an appointment at About Smiles. We’ll find a convenient time spot to make it easier for you to maintain your dental health and address emerging problems before they cause permanent damage.

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