Technology plays a very important role in the field of dentistry and your oral health. Dental offices use it to help improve the patient experience from treatment planning to results. Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy have embraced modern dental technology in our Silver Spring dental practice. They use dental lasers to treat many dental concerns and to help patients maintain a healthy smile. Laser dentistry allows us to provide pain free dental visits.
Hard Tissue Lasers & Soft Tissue Lasers
There are two basic types of dental lasers. Each one treats different types of tissue. We use hard and soft tissue lasers to treat everything from tooth decay to gum disease. Laser dentistry lets a patient experience 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. This will help minimize bleeding, swelling, and discomfort.
Soft Tissue Dental Lasers
Soft tissue dental lasers can safely and effectively cut through soft tissue. We commonly use soft tissue lasers to treat advanced cases of gum disease, crown lengthening procedures, and gum contouring. When addressing dental concerns, our 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 Dental Lasers
Our dentists use hard tissue lasers as an alternative to the traditional dental drill. They can use it to safely remove tooth decay, whiten discolored teeth, and prepare the surface of the teeth with very little anesthesia. Hard tissue lasers allow dentists to remove the necessary tooth structure while preserving as much as the healthy enamel and dentin as possible.
Waterlase Gum Depigmentation:
Laser Dentistry: Refining Results
Your dentist in Silver Spring may add laser dentistry to your treatment in a variety of ways. A hard tissue laser can remove damaged or decayed tooth structures. We may also use it 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 problems we treat. 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. Additionally, they can use it to address cosmetic concerns such as a gummy smile.
There is very little risk to using a dental laser to treat dental issues. Dental lasers will improve your overall experience, often lessening your discomfort and 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 and are efficient and precise. 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. This is a major benefit for our 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. All lasers that we use have gone through rigorous testing to ensure that patients are comfortable and safe. The FDA approves all of the lasers we use for dental treatments.
Does the Dentist Need Numb My Mouth During Laser Dentistry Procedures?
No, we will not need to numb you for a laser dentistry procedure. These lasers are very exact and most laser procedures only involve the tissue in your mouth. Therefore, we will not touch any nerves which means your procedure should be painless.
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 offers a much more comfortable experience. It does not involve any scary tools or sedation. This is one of the major advantages to it over other types of dental care work.
Is Laser Dentistry safe for kids?
Laser dentistry is very safe for all patients even children. Procedures done with lasers tend to be less painful, more precise, and less prone to infections. It also offers faster recovery times for patients.
What does laser dentistry feel like?
Many patients report laser dentistry as a feeling of pressure and some warmth. You should expect it to be pain free. However, your dentist will use numbing cream to numb the area prior to the procedure. This is to make it as comfortable as possible for your during your appointment.