Lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. When the wavelength and the pinpoint focus of the laser beam are adjusted, lasers can be used to safely target hard tissue (tooth enamel) and soft tissue (gums). They can be used as a cutting instrument, to remove tissue, to assist in various dental procedures, and even to detect cavities.
Noise-free: If you shudder at the sound of the dental drill, you’ll be able to relax because lasers are virtually noiseless.
Fewer shots: Lasers are so quick and efficient that many patients no longer need a shot of local anesthesia prior to some procedures like filling cavities.
Speed: Lasers accomplish the task more quickly than standard dental equipment. They also speed up chemical processes during cosmetic procedures such as whitening and bonding.
Improved healing: When lasers are used during dental surgery, they reduce inflammation and promote faster healing.
Precision: Lasers can precisely target very small areas without disturbing surrounding tissues, which means more of the healthy teeth and gums are preserved.
Lasers can be used for more dental procedures than you may imagine. For instance, they can remove deep stains that resist bleaching, and safely remove old dental work that needs to be replaced.
These are some of the most common dental procedures that may be performed using lasers:
Cavity repair: Lasers remove the decay and prepare the surrounding enamel for the filling.
Cavity detection: Fluorescent laser technology reveals early-stage cavities underneath the tooth’s surface with 90% accuracy. Early detection means that treatment is more convenient and comfortable.
Teeth whitening: After the bleaching solution is applied to teeth, lasers speed up the whitening process.
Gum disease: Lasers quickly removed inflamed gum tissue, deep clean under the gum line (scaling and root planing), and can be used to contour gums.
Tooth sensitivity: Lasers can relieve pain when you consume hot or cold items by sealing areas on the tooth that are sensitive.
Eliminate bacteria: During a root canal, lasers may be used to efficiently kill infection-causing bacteria deep inside the tooth.
Please contact us if you’d like to know more about how lasers are used at About Smiles and how they might transform your dental experience.
At About Smiles, we are in-network with most major insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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