Laser dentistry uses lasers to correct imperfections of the teeth or gums, whiten teeth, remove decay, and treat gum disease. Lasers provide more precision and comfort than traditional dentistry methods, like drills and scalpels.
At Valenta Dental, we use lasers for many purposes. They can remove tooth decay without needing a painful drill, reshape the gums for aesthetic purposes, and be used to perform root canal therapy. Dental lasers can also be used to whiten the teeth without trays and to reduce discomfort during dental procedures.
What Problems Can Laser Dentistry Treat?
Gum Disease Treatment
Lasers can remove infected gum tissue and bacteria during periodontal disease treatment. The laser can precisely target and remove diseased tissue while promoting gum healing and reducing bleeding and discomfort.
Gum Reshaping and Contouring
Lasers can reshape gum tissue to improve the appearance of a "gummy" smile or to create a more even gum line. The laser can gently remove and reshape excess gum tissue for a more aesthetically pleasing result.
Tooth Decay Treatment
Lasers can remove decayed portions of the tooth during cavity preparation. The laser can precisely target the decayed area, conserving more healthy tooth structure than traditional drilling methods. Laser treatment can also reduce the need for anesthesia in some cases.
Lasers can enhance the effects of teeth whitening treatments. The laser activates the bleaching agents, enabling them to penetrate the tooth enamel more effectively and achieve faster and more noticeable results.
The Advantages of Laser Dentistry
Laser dentistry offers many benefits to patients, including quicker recovery times compared to traditional treatment methods and less pain during treatment. Even more importantly, laser technology enables the dentist to use an exact technique. This means treatments are more predictable, and results often last longer.
In addition, lasers can also eliminate bacteria and infection with more accuracy and speed than drills and scalpels. This helps reduce the risk of complications after dental treatments and ensures your results last longer. Patients can typically resume their normal activities on the same day as the procedure, another benefit of laser treatments.
Unlike traditional treatment methods, lasers seal off the gums after treatment, making infection far less likely to occur in the treated areas, reducing the risk of post-care problems.
In more severe cases of periodontal disease, laser therapy can be used to perform gum surgery to remove infected tissue and rebuild healthy gum tissue around the roots of the teeth.
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of laser dentistry compared to traditional treatments, visit Valenta Dental at 1838 Dunlap Ave, Marinette, WI 54143, or call (715) 735-5626.