Actually, it’s been around longer than you think (since the early ‘90s). Laser technology is no longer the subject of science fiction narratives. No, lasers are now a big part of many different medical fields, ranging from non-invasive aesthetic enhancement, tattoo removal, and tattoo lightening, and also in dentistry.
Let’s start with the basics. For those who aren’t exactly up to date on dental laser technology, we’ll do a brief overview. A laser is an instrument that will produce a narrow, intensely focussed beam of light energy. When coming into contact with gum tissue, a laser will cause a reaction, either removing or reshaping tissue.
Lasers have been used in dentistry for decades. They can be used as a controlled, non-surgical treatment for a wide range of dental procedures, often in tandem with other cutting edge tools.
So what can laser technology do for your teeth and gums?
Dental lasers can be used to perform biopsy procedures. They can help treat infections in root canals and reduce the discomfort that plagues people from canker and cold sores. Lasers can also aid in exposing partially erupted wisdom teeth. They can expose partially erupted wisdom teeth to facilitate the tooth extraction process. Lasers can also help with cosmetic procedures like speeding up the tooth whitening process.
Laser technology helps dentists ditch the drill in a lot of areas, as well as avoid anesthesia. It’s a process that is more economical than alternate methods, despite the fact that a lot of folks might identify laser technology as being tremendously expensive. Lasers can help reduce negative symptoms and healing time after surgical procedures; they can even help control bleeding during surgery, and are less likely to require stitches!
We offer several procedures in soft tissue laser dentistry at Pro Health Dental. We offer crown lengthening procedures, reshaping gum tissue with a soft tissue laser, as well as bone with a hard tissue laser. This will help expose healthier tooth structure, promoting a stronger foundation.
Our laser dental procedures can alleviate the “gummy smile”, where the gums are too high on the teeth, reshaping the gum line. We can help alleviate a restricted or tight frenulum which can prevent proper breast feeding or restrict tongue movement, causing speech impediments with a simple “laser frenectomy” treatment.
Pro Health Dental also uses laser technology to help with ill-fitting dentures by easily and conveniently removing soft tissue folds without needing stitches.
If you have any additional questions about laser dentistry, please contact Pro Health Dental in Mission Viejo, CA today.