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 modern dental technology in our Silver Spring dental practice. The use of dental lasers to treat a range of concerns, or to maintain a healthy smile, allows us to provide pain-free dentist visits.
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.
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Laser Dentistry: Refining Results
Your dentist in Silver Spring may incorporate laser dentistry into your treatment in a variety of ways. A hard tissue laser can remove damaged or decayed tooth structures 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 applications, 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.
There is little-to-no risk of using a dental laser to treat dental issues. Dental lasers will improve your overall patient experience, often minimizing your discomfort and possible side effects. If laser dentistry is part of your treatment, we will discuss how it can enhance both planning and results, especially when using a soft tissue laser to address gum disease or irregularity in the appearance of your gums.
Dental lasers use heat energy to work efficiently and precisely. In the case of Waterlase, it combines water energy to target and vaporize tissue. It also stimulates the natural healing response and necessary blood clotting at the site. Lasers can often reduce or eliminate the use of drills and other more invasive dental tools, a benefit for anxious patients. Ask your Silver Spring dentist about laser dentistry at your next dental visit.
Laser Dentistry FAQs
Is Laser Dentistry Safe?
Yes, laser dentistry is completely safe. Different lasers are used that have been tested to ensure that patients are comfortable and safe through any laser dentistry procedures. Lasers used for dental procedures have been cleared by the FDA.
Do I Need to Be Numbed During Laser Dentistry Procedures?
No, most patients are not numbed for a laser dentistry procedure. These lasers are very exact and most laser procedures only involve the tissue in your mouth, so no nerves will be touched which means your procedure should be pain-free.
What Are the Advantages of Using Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry is extremely precise and is not a painful experience. Most patients with dental anxiety consider laser dentistry because it is known to be a much more comfortable experience. Laser dentistry does not involve any scary tools or sedation, which is one of the major advantages to it over other types of dental work.
Is Laser Dentistry safe for kids?
Laser dentistry is entirely safe for children and adults. Procedures done with lasers tend to be less painful, more precise, and less prone to infections.
What does laser dentistry feel like?
Many patients report laser dentistry as a feeling of pressure and some warmth. It is typically described as pain-free. Dentists use a numbing cream to numb the area prior to the procedure to make it as comfortable as possible for patients.