Dental lasers are an exciting aspect of our practice here at Wynkoop Dentistry! Lasers have been used in dentistry since the early 90’s, and they can make many treatment procedures more comfortable and efficient. Here are some of the treatment procedures we use the laser for.
Treating Gum Disease Treating periodontal (gum) disease is probably one of the highlights of laser dentistry. It’s able to remove infected gum tissue with more accuracy and precision than treatments in the past. The concentrated heat and light a laser delivers helps to sterilize and then seal off the treated area, which makes the procedure more comfortable and accelerates the healing process.
Gum Treatments If you’ve been told your teeth appear short or stubby, you may not have known that your smile is just waiting to be revealed. The dental laser can comfortably remove the excess gum tissue that covers your teeth to expose the smile you never knew you had!
The laser can also perform frenectomies, or the removal of the frenum, which is the muscle attachment under your top lip, or under your tongue. Sometimes this muscle is too big, or it may be preventing your tongue from working properly, or the front teeth from coming together. Often, frenectomies are performed on babies who are “tongue tied” and unable to nurse.
Removing Cavities The laser is sometimes used to remove decay or cavity from your tooth. Using the laser is more precise and conservative, which preserves more of your tooth structure. It also creates a stronger bond with the composite and your tooth, which means less trauma to your tooth and more longevity for your filling.
Treating Cold Sores For those who suffer from painful cold or canker sores, the laser can reduce your healing time. When you feel that sore developing, contact us right away. The quicker we can treat your lesion, the faster your healing time will be.
Laser Whitening Did you know that the dental laser can even be used for whitening treatments? It actually reduces sensitivity and accelerates the whitening process. Even better, it only takes a few minutes of exposure to your tooth to produce amazing results, so it’s fast and effective.
We’re proud to offer laser dentistry and other state-of-the-art technology to our patients at Wynkoop Dentistry! We know that using advanced technology improves your experience and makes your procedure more comfortable, efficient, and effective. Give us a call today to schedule your next dental appointment.