Latest Advances in Laser Dentistry

13 Dec 2014 by  admin in Laser Dentistry

Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry offers a range of laser dentistry procedures that Suffolk County residents have come to trust. Useful in a host of general and cosmetic dentistry applications, lasers have numerous benefits — especially for patients with sensitive teeth or a low tolerance for discomfort. Lasers are particularly helpful in promoting blood vessel clotting during soft tissue procedures, often eliminating the need for sutures.

Another advantage of laser dentistry is a reduced risk of post-procedure infection, since harmful bacteria are eliminated in the beam’s sterilizing rays.

In the capable hands of experienced Rocky Point cosmetic dentists, Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot, patients are ensured minimal downtime and speedy recoveries with this innovative treatment. And because the laser beam is so accurate in treating specific areas of the gums or teeth, there is little to no trauma to the surrounding tissue. Patients will also notice that laser incisions heal faster than traditional cuts, as tissues regenerate more rapidly.

Laser dentistry applications

Whether you need new tooth-colored fillings, are suffering from persistent cold sores or are thinking about whitening your teeth, laser dentistry may be the best solution. In some cases, local anesthesia may not be needed, since the lasers are virtually pain-free.

Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot rely on laser technology in the following types of dental procedures:

  • Reshaping or removing gum and bone tissue during crown procedures
  • Treating teeth that are sensitive to cold or hot temperatures
  • Dislodging tooth decay in a cavity
  • Treating existing infections during root canals
  • Prepping teeth for white (resin) fillings
  • Hardening fillings for durability
  • Removing inflamed gum tissue
  • Performing biopsies
  • Addressing gum disease
  • Exposing wisdom teeth that have partially erupted
  • Addressing painful canker or cold sores
  • Removing benign tumors without pain
  • Accelerating in-office teeth whitening procedures in which the bleaching solution is activated by laser beams

In addition, new research indicates that use of lasers in conjunction with scaling and root planing (SRP) may yield better results. A non-surgical treatment used to treat gum diseases, SRP when used with lasers helps promote less swelling, bleeding and pain for the patient.

Despite its numerous advantages and applications, there are some conditions that are not effectively treated with laser dentistry. For example, lasers cannot be employed to remove old amalgam (silver) fillings, or filling cavities that are lodged between teeth. They are also not suitable for removing broken crowns.

Suffolk County cosmetic dentistry

If you’re interested in learning more about laser teeth whitening, or periodontal treatments with laser dentistry in Suffolk County, please contact us at (631) 744-5700 to schedule a consultation in our Rocky Point office. At Long Island Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry, your comfort is always paramount, which is why we strive to offer pain-free dentistry with state-of-the art technology.

Dr. Elliot and Dr. Nick welcome the chance to show new patients just how easy and stress-free a visit to the dentist can be.

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