Lasers have been used in dentistry since 1994 to treat a number of dental problems.
The application of lasers in dentistry opens the door for dentists to perform a wide variety of dental procedures they otherwise may not be capable of performing. 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 only 6 percent of general dentists own a laser for soft-tissue and whitening applications.
How do Lasers work in Dentistry?
All lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. When used for surgical and dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of tissue that it comes in contact with. When used for “curing” a filling, the laser helps to strengthen the bond between the filling and the tooth. When used in teeth whitening procedures, the laser acts as an activator and enhances the effect of tooth whitening agents.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
- Procedures performed using soft tissue dental lasers may not require sutures (stitches).
- Certain laser dentistry procedures do not require anesthesia.
- Laser dentistry minimizes bleeding and swelling during soft tissue treatments.
- 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.
Diode Laser Teeth Whitening
Most dental offices and all spas and salons that offer “laser teeth whitening” do not, in fact, use and actual diode laser in the procedure. The term “laser” has been loosely used to refer to bleaching systems that use a light as an activator. These light are actually non-laser plasma lights, versus true diode laser activation.
The Diode Dental Laser is a device at the cutting edge of technology, designed for a wide variety of procedures, including whitening. Diode Laser Teeth Whitening is achieved with a proprietary photo-activated whitening gel that is activated by the selective absorption characteristics of a specific true-laser wavelength of light.
This is one of the most advanced, widely-accepted and effective teeth whitening methods in current use. It has transformed the appearance of thousands of patients. Even for those whose teeth are deeply stained, yellowed or gray in color, Diode Laser Teeth Whitening offers outstanding results.
Best of all, the Diode Laser Whitening procedure is completed in just four (4) 30-second sessions, performed in one short visit.
Soft tissue (Gum) Laser Dentistry Procedures
- Crown Lengthening: Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue to expose healthier tooth structure. Referred to as crown lengthening, such reshaping provides a stronger foundation for the placement of restorations.
- Gummy Smile: Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue to expose healthy tooth structure and improve the appearance of a gummy smile.
- Muscle Attachment (Frenula): a laser frenectomy is an ideal treatment option for children who are tongue tied (restricted or tight frenulum) and babies unable to breast feed adequately due to limited tongue movement. A laser frenectomy may also help to eliminate speech impediments.
- Soft Tissue Folds (Epulis): Dental lasers may be used for the painless and suture-free removal of soft tissue folds often caused by ill-fitting dentures.
- Benign Tumors: Dental lasers may be used for the painless and suture-free removal of benign tumors from the gums, palate, sides of cheeks and lips.
- Cold Sores: Low intensity dental lasers reduce pain associated with cold sores and minimize healing time.
- Gum disease: Lasers are used to remove diseased, infected, inflamed and necrosed (dead) soft tissue within the periodontal pocket.
- Biopsy or lesion removal: Lasers can be used to remove a small piece of tissue (called a biopsy) so that it can be examined for cancer.
Schedule an appointment with us to learn more. Call 847-573-1904 for our Libertyville IL practice or call 847-724-2444 for our Glenview, IL practice.
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