Lasers are the latest revolutionary tool for dental treatment. Much like the air-driven drills that changed dentistry in the 1950s, lasers are changing how we treat dental patients today. We can work cleaner, faster, and with less post-operative discomfort. Lasers are used for many procedures performed by the dentist and the hygienist. Lasers can be used for cutting, disinfecting, and for sensitivity reduction.
Laser Tissue Contouring:
Tissue contouring is performed with many procedures. Most commonly performed when preparing a tooth for a crown, removing excess tissue around the prepared tooth allows your dentist to obtain a perfect image or impression. This level of accuracy will ensure that your new crown is well fitted and that the tissue that rests against the new crown remains healthy. Your periodontist in Mira Mesa, San Diego may also do tissue contouring for cosmetic reasons. Sometimes the gum tissue can become overgrown. Puffy, inflamed tissue can be reduced using the laser, giving you an almost instant smile makeover.
Laser Bacterial Reduction:
When bacteria build-up, our gums can become red, inflamed, and bloody when brushed. This is an indication of gingivitis or an infection in the gums. If left untreated, it can quickly develop into periodontal disease. Your dentist or dental hygienist can use the laser to destroy bacteria, disinfect the tissue, and promote healing.
As we get older, our gums can recede, exposing root surfaces that are very sensitive and porous. Using the laser, we can treat the area with highly concentrated fluoride and a low laser setting to help strengthen the structure and decrease the sensitivity of the root surfaces.
Laser for Canker Sores:
Canker sores are caused by a naturally occurring virus. These canker sores can appear if the immune system is depressed or after a lengthy dental procedure. If treated in the first few days, the laser can diminish the healing time, the tenderness of the sore and promote healthy cell regeneration.