One of the biggest fears most people have with the dentist is the nasty sounds made by some of the more intimidating looking tools dentists use. From scraping off plaque with metal tools to the sounds of dental drills, the tools associated with dentistry can be intimidating for people who are already afraid of getting work done on their teeth.
Here at Essentially Pure Dentistry, we get around these fears by using cutting-edge laser dentistry to remove and alter hard and soft tissues in our patients’ mouths.
Lasers are mostly used to help with issues with soft tissues like gums to provide superior results and visibility for the dentist throughout the procedure. Lasers also allow us to make aesthetic changes when reshaping gum tissue to make your mouth look as natural and normal as possible. These lasers are so precise that they can be used to treat ulcers and cold sores in even the hardest to reach places. If you have periodontal disease, gum infections, or infected gum lining, lasers can not only help alleviate the pain of these issues but actively promote recovery.
Laser Dentistry Benefits
Laser treatment is less painful, less invasive, and causes substantially less swelling than traditional methods. We can even use lasers to expedite simple treatments like teeth whitenings, restorations, and even detecting tooth decay.
Are You a Candidate for Laser Dentistry?
Whether you are a candidate for laser dentistry depends on the type of dental treatment you need and the condition of your teeth and gums. With her extensive experience in laser dentistry procedures, Dr. Pearson can determine whether you are suited to laser dentistry during an in-person evaluation.
Laser Dental Treatment Details
Dr. Pearson uses different lasers to remove and alter the hard tissues (teeth) and the soft tissues (gums) of the mouth.
A hard tissue laser is absorbed by water and hydroxyapatite, which is a mineral found in bone and teeth. This type of laser can be used to remove decayed tooth structure in preparation of placing a filling, or to prep teeth for dental bonding.
A soft tissue laser is absorbed by water and hemoglobin, which is a protein found in red blood cells. Soft tissue lasers can treat gum disease by killing bacteria and stimulating the regrowth of healthy tissue. Soft tissues are also used for cosmetic purposes to reshape uneven or prominent gum tissue.
Recovery and Aftercare
Recovery and aftercare details depend on the specific treatment performed. Generally, recovery tends to be quicker with both soft and hard tissue treatment. Also, there is usually less bleeding and swelling after soft tissue laser treatment than traditional treatment options.
With any treatment, Dr. Pearson encourages you to keep your mouth clean by brushing and flossing daily. She can provide more in-depth instructions appropriate to the scope of your treatment. It is wise to avoid consuming foods that are hard, chewy or very crunchy for a few days after laser gum treatment until the gums have completely healed.
If you experience any unusual symptoms after your laser dentistry procedure, contact Dr. Pearson promptly.
Laser Dentistry Frequently Asked Questions
How does a dental laser compare to a dental drill?
Dental lasers are quieter than dental drills but just as powerful. They do not emit uncomfortable vibrations that can make patients uncomfortable or nervous. Lasers are also highly precise and offer greater control when removing hard or soft tissues in specific areas of the mouth. Because soft tissue lasers seal exposed blood vessels as they remove tissue, there is generally less bleeding, swelling and pain after a laser dentistry procedure.
How long does a laser dentistry procedure take?
It depends on the procedure needed and the severity of your problem. Lasers normally work quickly and should not add additional treatment time.
Is laser dentistry painful?
No, there is minimal (if any) pain during and after a laser dentistry procedure. Dr. Pearson can numb the affected area of the mouth prior to treatment if needed.
Is laser dentistry safe?
Laser dentistry is completely safe when performed by a qualified expert like Dr. Pearson. She has extensive training and experience in hard and soft tissue laser procedures.
Who should avoid laser dentistry procedures?
Laser dentistry is usually not recommended in cases where teeth have certain types of existing metal fillings, such as metal amalgam fillings. Lasers are also not suitable for severe dental damage from decay that requires a porcelain crown.
Dr. Pearson puts your health and safety first, and she can advise of the best technology to use based on your individual circumstances and dental and medical history.
I have dental phobia. Would laser dentistry benefit me?
Yes, if you get nervous or anxious about the sounds and vibrations associated with traditional dental drills, laser dentistry will appeal to you. There is less noise, friction and vibration with laser dentistry than with traditional drilling. Our patients also describe less discomfort and shorter recovery times with laser dental procedures than procedures performed with drills and other traditional instruments.
Learn More about Laser Dentistry
For more information about how Dr. Pearson uses laser dentistry, please call or email our dental practice today.