Laser Dentistry An Overview
Technology has had a significant impact on the field of dentistry, improving many aspects of the patient experience from treatment planning to results. Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy have embraced technology in our Silver Spring dental practice, including the use of dental lasers to treat a range of concerns or to maintain a healthy smile.
Hard Tissue Lasers & Soft Tissue Lasers
There are two basic types of dental lasers, each designed to treat different types of tissue. Hard and soft tissue lasers can be used to treat everything from tooth decay to gum disease. Laser dentistry affords patients a less invasive, more comfortable procedure that is also more targeted and accurate. Lasers also stimulate the body’s natural healing response to damaged tissue, which can minimize bleeding, swelling and associated discomfort.
- Soft tissue dental lasers are designed to safely and effectively cut through soft tissue. Soft tissue lasers are commonly used to treat advanced cases of gum disease, crown lengthening procedures, gum contouring. When addressing dental concerns, dentists can employ soft tissue lasers to remove soft tissue with the added benefit of minimal bleeding, faster healing, and less risk of infection.
- Hard tissue lasers are used as an alternative to the traditional dental drill. Using hard tissue laser technology, dentists can safely remove tooth decay, whiten discolored teeth, and prepare the surface of the teeth with minimal anesthesia. Hard tissue lasers allow dentists to remove the necessary tooth structure while preserving as much as the healthy enamel and dentin as possible.
Laser Dentistry: Refining Results
We may incorporate laser dentistry into your treatment in a variety of ways. A hard tissue laser can remove damaged or decayed tooth structure and may be used to prepare your tooth for the placement of a restoration. We use the Biolase Waterlase dental laser for treating these concerns. This unique type of laser uses water energy to precisely target the dental problem being treated and patients can often undergo the procedure with no anesthesia.
Soft tissue lasers have a wide range of application, including treating tongue ties and lip ties in children and adults. Your dentist may use a soft tissue laser to treat gum disease or to address cosmetic concerns such as a gummy smile.