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Laser dentistry can be used to treat a number of different dental conditions including tooth decay and periodontal disease.
LASER stands for "Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation.” The laser creates a very narrow and focused beam of light which allows it to remove or re-shape gum tissue.
Lasers can be a more comfortable treatment option for hard tissue (teeth) or soft tissue (gums) situations compared to drills and other non-laser tools.
Common soft tissue procedures include:
Laser gum removal. Lasers are used to reshape “gummy smiles" in which the gum length covers too much of the tooth (pericoronitis).
Frenectomies. Patients with a thick or tight frenulum (the fold of skin under the tongue that anchors it to the mouth floor) may benefit from a laser frenectomy.
Removing soft tissue folds. Lasers can remove soft tissue folds from ill-fitting dentures without pain or the use of sutures.
Common hard tissue procedures include:
Detecting cavities. Lasers can help find early evidence of tooth decay.
Teeth whitening. A tooth whitening laser is used to heat up the bleaching gel that is applied to your teeth, activating its whitening properties.
Laser fillings. Laser deep cleaning can kill bacteria in a cavity, and in many cases eliminate the need for local anesthesia and physical drilling.
Treating tooth sensitivity. Teeth that are overly-sensitive to hot and cold can be treated with lasers that seal tubules on the tooth’s root.
In many cases where a gum laser is used, anesthesia is unnecessary and most patients experience little, if any, pain.
Talk to your dentist about the pros and cons of laser dentistry and if it's the right option for you.
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