Between 30 and 40 million people are afraid of the dentist. Fear leads to avoidance, and avoidance leads to skipping important annual and semi-annual checkups. With laser dentistry, you need fear no more, and can happily visit the dentist for a pain-free, minimally invasive experience.
What Is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry is a procedure becoming increasingly common for gum procedures such as gingivectomies, but can also be used for bone procedures such as osseous surgeries or procedures affecting inner mouth tissues such as frenectomies. With laser surgery, laser devices such as our BIOLASE WaterLase® iPlus™ 2.0 and BIOLASE EPIC™ X diode are used to target affected areas with micro-precision. Using rapid pulses of energy, these advanced devices are able to remove bacteria and eliminate damaged tissue.
How Does Laser Dentistry Work on Gums?
Laser gum treatment is especially effective in treating advanced gum disease. Pockets of infection can accumulate in your gums, impacting healthy gum tissue and even threatening to spread the infection to the bones surrounding the tooth. Using the laser, it’s possible to directly access those infected pockets and eliminate them with microsurgical precision without needing to make incisions in the gums.
Is Laser Dentistry Painful?
Because laser dentistry generally requires less cutting, drilling, and other invasive techniques, not only is it less painful but it also provides faster recovery time. Invasive surgery can damage healthy tissue around the target areas, leaving tissue bruised or cut. Healing in these instances can be a tricky matter, and often involves delicate care and long recovery periods. Laser dentistry targets only the affected areas, leaving healthy tissue around undamaged. Because of this, laser dentistry also requires less anesthesia.
Is Laser Dentistry Affordable?
Just like with regular dental surgery, cost of treatment depends on the severity of gum disease or other conditions. However, laser dentistry can minimize supplemental costs required for anesthesia, medication, work lost due to recovery time, or other recovery treatment methods.
To find out more about laser dentistry and laser gum treatment contact Dr. Hossein Javid at Dr. Smile. We’ll be happy to discuss your dental needs and options.