Laser dentistry

Oasispark Dental remains current with the latest in dental technology, and this includes laser dentistry.

Lasers used in dentistry can work together or be used in place of conventional dental tools. It is safe and effective for both children and adults, and can be used in various procedures including to help solidify or “cure” fillings to make them stronger, to remove or shape bone or gum tissue and even make precise incisions.

Laser dentistry can take less time than conventional methods and cause less anxiety and discomfort in patients. Not only can it be more precise, it can reduce bacteria, healing time and bleeding. 

What are the benefits of laser dentistry?

  • Less discomfort - Because of the increased precision of a laser, damage to the surrounding tissue (gums) is much less than conventional techniques, bleeding is reduced, and the need for anesthesia, stitches or sutures is less.
  • Less healing time and less bacteria - Gums heal faster and the risk of bacterial infections after procedures is greatly reduced. Bacteria can be eliminated around a surgical site, and this can be especially valuable in critical root canal work where harmful bacteria requires removal from the inside of the tooth and root.
  • Removal of harmful bacteria that can cause gum disease – Lasers are used alongside traditional cleaning to eliminate bacteria below the gumline with no discomfort. After completing your cleaning and removing all plaque and calcified deposits your hygienist may suggest a laser to treat any unhealthy area of the gums. Deposits around and under your gums contain bacteria that cause disease and infect gum tissue. A laser can kill any remaining trace bacteria cells that your hygienist could not remove physically during your cleaning. By removing nearly all the bacteria around your teeth -- and in your gums, it reduces inflammation, bleeding and all other symptoms associated with gum disease, and that means you increase the overall health of your mouth. 
  • Cosmetic or smile enhancement – Dental lasers can dissolve soft tissue to expose more of the natural tooth (also known as crown lengthening), gingivectomy, and reshape the the gum around the tooth all with less pain than conventional methods. 
  • Cold and canker sores - Cold sores, also known as herpes simplex virus type I -- are irritating and annoying. Treating them with the conventional topical creams and ointments have side effects, can't always be used and are unpleasant. Lasers are an alternative solution that is extremely effective, quick, speeds healing and is pain-free.
  • Tumor removal – If any benign (non-cancerous) tumors are in the soft tissue areas of your mouth, a dental laser can completely remove it with minimal discomfort. 
  • Biopsy – Lasers are sometimes used to perform a biopsy on suspicious areas of soft tissue. A biopsy procedure can be performed instantly and with great precision.
  • Frenectomy (tongue-tie release) – Lasers can improve speech and the feeding habits of babies, children and adults by untying the tongue and help close spaces between teeth caused by frenum attachments without anesthesia or sutures.
  • Whitening - Lasers can be used to speed up the tooth whitening process.
  • Comfort enhancing - Lasers can remove uncomfortable soft tissue folds caused by denture wear. 

Technical information about laser dentistry

The laser used in laser dentistry treatment delivers energy in the form of light.

Depending on the intended result, this energy travels at different wavelengths and is absorbed by a “target.” In dentistry, these targets can be enamel, decay, gum tissue, or whitening enhancers. Each one absorbs a different wavelength of light, while reflecting others. The laser is extremely bright, and we always provide special glasses to protect your eyes. The dentist will then direct the beam at the specific area and carefully dissolve the soft tissue, harden a filling or whiten the teeth. Health Canada and the Federal Drug Administration in the US has deemed laser dentistry to be safe. Many dentists have incorporated laser dentistry into everyday procedures – reducing bleeding, anxiety and post-treatment recovery times.

Call or come in and speak with a Patient Care Specialist to learn more about laser dentistry at Oasispark Dental.

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