A laser is a high tech device that generates a tiny beam of very concentrated light. This beam of light brings energy into your mouth through a tiny fiber, to help remove areas of infection and remove gum disease around the teeth with great precision and accuracy. The light produced by the laser can remove, vaporize, or shape tissue.
The laser beam sterilizes the affected area which eliminates bacteria and seals off blood vessels, which minimizes the chance of infection or bleeding. Patients are also much more comfortable during and after treatment with laser therapy. The need for local anesthetic is reduced but it is usually used to make sure that you feel absolutely nothing
during the treatment.
Dental lasers can be used to:
- Correct speech problems caused by a tongue-tie, which prevents normal tongue movement.
- Manage gum tissue during impressions for crowns and sterilize infected gum tissue after root planning and scaling.
- Remove swollen tissues caused by medications. Reduce the discomfort of canker and cold sores.
- Remove inflamed gum tissues, reduce the amount of bacteria within a periodontal pocket and reduce the nee for gum surgery.
- Remove or reshape excess gum and bone tissues during crown lengthening procedures.
- Remove tissue that can lead to spaces between teeth (before or after orthodontic
- Sterilize infected gum tissue after root planning & scaling.
Are Lasers Dangerous?
In the hands of skilled specially trained dentists like Drs Natalie, Scott and Robert Harelick, lasers are very safe. In fact, the primary safety factor used during laser treatment is proper protective eye wear. Dental lasers are very low powered, which is essential for treating the delicate tissues of the mouth. In addition, the controlled heat and light of the laser destroys many bacteria and viruses in the mouth and inside periodontal pockets. The end result for you is: less bleeding, less pain, less sensitivity, less time in the dental chair, and less recovery time. Our goal is to help you keep your smile for a lifetime!