Less invasive, less painful, and better success!
Laser dentistry is one of the newer services offered by dentists in today’s care for your oral health, and at Station Dental, all hygienists and dentists are fully laser certified. But what exactly does this mean? Probably the most common form of laser dentistry practiced today is in treatment of periodontal disease, but it doesn’t end with that. Perhaps you heard about the boy that hadn’t spoken clearly until he visited his dentist at 6 years old? He was immediately cured with a quick laser procedure! And there are many other amazing procedures that can be quick and painless, and achieve amazing results. Here is just a small list of some of the most common uses:
- Reduce bacteria (prevents systemic issues caused by bacteria entering the bloodstream)
- Treatment of gum disease
- Removing and/or reshaping the gums
- Treating tooth sensitivity
- Destruction of cold sores, canker sores, and/or aphthous ulcers
How do dental lasers help with bacteria reduction?
Full mouth laser treatment uses the laser to cut the bacteria count around the gums from the millions to the hundreds to eliminate cross-contamination and bacteremia (bacteria in the blood stream). This treatment lasts up to six weeks and helps the periodontal bacteria that is linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, low birth weight in babies, and respiratory disease from the bacteria that can enter your blood stream during your routing cleanings.
How is gum disease treated with dental lasers?
This is laser decontamination or curettage, and is generally completed with a scaling & root planing procedure, as well as follow up periodontal maintenance visits. In the US, over 47% of adults have periodontal disease, an infection that causes gums to turn red and bleed in the early stages (gingivitis), and can quickly progress to bone and tooth loss. Laser light helps decontaminate pockets around the teeth, decreasing the numbers of periodontal pathogens and removing diseased or granulation tissue. The laser light is effective in eliminating dark-pigmented bacteria, which is the primary bacteria responsible for periodontal disease.
How does a dentist cosmetically treat gums with a laser?
Lasers can be used to quickly, and generally painlessly, remove and reshape the gums. Not only does a laser cut precisely, but it can many times eliminate bleeding as it cauterizes as it cuts, greatly reducing healing time. This procedure can be used for crown lengthening, evening out your gums, removing misshapen or swollen gums, and even fixing speech impediments!
How do dental lasers reduce tooth sensitivity?
A quick painless procedure where a laser is passed over a sensitive area effectively reducing or eliminating the source of discomfort. It’s not yet entirely known how this works, but studies suggest that the procedure actually causes the tooth to be less permeable through coagulation of proteins in the dental fluid. The effects are immediate, and have shown that it may be more successful than fluoride treatment, but a good partner to fluoride for severe cases of sensitivity.
What is cold sore treatment with a dental laser?
This is a process called bio stimulation. The laser is held a couple of millimeters away from the ulcer on the tissue. When this laser energy is directed at the ulcer, the patient will feel immediate relief. After treatment, the ulcer will usually heal overnight and, in some cases, another ulcer will never appear in that area again. It is thought that laser energy increases collagen growth, and osteoblastic and fibroblastic activity. This leads to rapid wound healing and anti-inflammatory effects on the tissue.