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Laser Dentistry

Alexandria Dental Clinic

Dean Anderson, DDS

Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Alexandria, MN

Thanks to laser dentistry, we now perform 90% of fillings, gum contouring, and other dental treatments without needles, numbness, drills, or pain. At Alexandria Dental Clinic, in Alexandria, Minnesota, Dean Anderson, DDS, and the team provide laser dentistry with the Solea® laser. This advanced technology ensures a quality patient experience, outcomes, and improved oral health. Book online using this website to schedule an appointment, or call the office today.

Laser Dentistry Q & A

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 cutting tooth and soft tissues. Treatment is pain-free and usually requires little or no anesthesia and no extended recovery time.

Laser dentistry makes oral health care efficient, cost-effective, and comfortable. The technology is approved by the FDA, ensuring its effectiveness and safety.

 

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.

 

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 can cut through your tooth enamel. That makes it ideal for shaping your teeth, repairing dental fillings, or removing decayed tooth structure.

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. Book online to schedule an appointment or call the office today. 

To learn more about the benefits of laser dentistry, request a consultation at Alexandria Dental Clinic. Request an appointment online or call the office at 320-762-2122 today.