Dental lasers and how they benefit the patient

Dental lasers and how they benefit the patient

Laser Dentistry has been a part of my practice for a long time. Using my laser is as common as picking up my high speed and I don't think I could practice without either. After attending a laser course recently, I thought I should bring to everyone's attention some of the things that we do with lasers to help our patients. First of all, we have two lasers in our office so that both myself and my hygienist, Shauna, can help our patients with lasers.

Here are some ways lasers can help you:

1.     Avoiding gum surgery. In some cases, gum surgery is necessary, but oftentimes gum surgery can be avoided by treating gum disease conservatively with a laser. Many research articles have shown lasers to decrease the deep, infected pockets of gum tissue around a tooth that often lead to losing the tooth. By painlessly removing diseased gum tissue inside the pockets, bone has also been reported in the literature to grow back where it has previously been lost, helping to tighten up loose teeth.

2.     Uncovering dental implants without surgery. After a dental implant has integrated into the jaw for several months, it has to be uncovered so that a tooth can be attached for chewing. In the past, this was a surgical procedure involving stitches. With a laser, a small opening is created in the gums to expose the implant painlessly and without stitches.

3.      Better fitting crowns and fillings. Sometimes, a tooth will decay (rot) below the gumline. In order to make a restoration that fits the tooth precisely, it is important to expose strong healthy tooth structure. This is successfully accomplished by using the laser to painlessly create a small trough of space between the gums and the tooth. Research articles show that this method creates better fitting/more successful crowns and fillings.

4.     Treatment for cold sores and canker sores. In the past, treatment options were limited for cold sores and canker sores. Lasers can significantly improve the uncomfortable symptoms and speed healing. No injections are needed for this treatment.

5.      De-sensitize exposed roots at the gumline. Patients who use Sensodyne may appreciate that their sensitive roots can be successfully treated with lasers. No injections are needed for this. The tip of the laser does not even touch the sensitive area. A warm laser beam is shined on the area like a flashlight and gently de-sensitizes the tooth.

6.     Treatment for "gummy" smiles. Lasers work nicely for painlessly sculpting excess gum tissue for a more esthetically pleasing smile. We routinely use a laser on almost every smile makeover case we do to turn a good case into a great case.

7.     Treatment for Oral Lichen Planus.  Oral Lichen Planus is an auto immune disease, which tends to present bilaterally as mostly white lesions on the inner cheek and sides on the tongue, although any mucosal site in the mouth may be involved.  In severe cases Oral Lichen Planus can cause the affected areas to be very sore and painful.  Though there is no cure for Lichen Planus we can use out lasers to significantly reduce the inflammation and discomfort associated with the disease. 

For more information on how we can help you with our lasers, just call us or ask at your next visit.

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This page contains a single entry by Dr. Laurie published on September 17, 2013 5:39 PM.

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