What is laser dentistry?
Laser dentistry uses targeted laser light to treat a variety of dental problems, including cavities, gum disease, and tooth sensitivity.
At Alexandria Dental Clinic, the team uses the Solea® dental laser. Solea is a CO2 laser capable of doing fillings and soft tissue surgery. Treatment is pain-free and usually requires little or no anesthesia and no extended recovery time.
What conditions can laser dentistry treat?
The team at Alexandria Dental Clinic uses laser dentistry to address various conditions that affect the teeth and gums, including:
- Cavity detection
- Treatment of tooth sensitivity
- Filling preparation
- Crown lengthening
- Gum contouring
- Treatment of sleep apnea
- Treatment of TMJ
- Teeth whitening
You might also benefit from laser dentistry if you have an oral abscess or tumor or fibroma. The Solea laser can safely remove growths from your tongue, cheeks, or lips with little or no numbness and no feeling. It is also used for tongue-tie and lip-tie releases in infants.Laser dentistry makes oral health care efficient, cost-effective, and comfortable. The technology is approved by the FDA, ensuring its effectiveness and safety.
What’s the difference between a hard tissue and soft tissue laser?
The Solea laser can cut through hard and soft tissues. To assist the team in these efforts, it has two settings: one for hard tissue and one for soft tissue.
The hard tissue laser is ideal for shaping your teeth for fillings, and removing decay.
The soft tissue laser is designed to treat gum disease. It can kill harmful bacteria, encourage the growth of healthy tissue, and seal nerve endings or blood vessels. In addition, the laser energy prompts faster healing and a quicker recovery.
What are the benefits of laser dentistry?
Laser dentistry provides an array of benefits compared to traditional dental treatments, including:
- Minimal bleeding
- No anesthesia
- Less risk of bacterial infections
- Faster healing
- Improved tissue regeneration
Laser dentistry is also accurate and precise. As a result, there’s less damage to your gums and surrounding tissues.
Is laser dentistry safe?
Laser dentistry is extremely safe and well-tolerated. There are no medical contra-indications. There’s little risk of complications, especially when treatment is performed by an experienced dental professional. Prior to undergoing laser dentistry, you put on a pair of special glasses. The glasses help protect your eyes from the laser light.
To learn more about the benefits of laser dentistry, request a consultation at Alexandria Dental Clinic.