What Is Laser Dentistry?

Do you dread the sound of the dentist’s drill? Don’t let your anxieties stop you from getting the oral health care and cosmetic dentistry treatments you need. Instead, consider a dental practice that offers laser dentistry services. Laser dentistry can eliminate the need for that noisy drill and it can greatly improve patient comfort.

How does laser dentistry work?

Lasers are narrowly focused, intense beams of light that induce reactions in the tissue they come into contact with. For instance, a laser beam can cut away diseased or damaged material. It can also be used to “cure” or harden material like dental fillings. Laser dentistry is rapidly growing in popularity because of its potential benefits over traditional dentistry techniques.

Sophisticated laser equipment can target specific areas with unparalleled precision, which reduces the risk of damage to the adjacent areas. Laser dentistry is less aggressive than conventional techniques, which can lead to minimized pain, bleeding, and swelling. In general, patients who receive laser dentistry treatments may require a lesser amount of anesthetic and enjoy a faster recovery time than they otherwise would.

What can laser dentistry do?

Laser dentistry is certainly not a magic bullet solution. But while it cannot be used for every oral care need, laser dentistry is quite versatile. If you visit a dentist complaining of tooth sensitivity, a quick laser treatment may be able to effectively address this problem, leaving you able to enjoy hot and cold beverages without pain. If your tooth sensitivity is caused by a cavity, there is no need to anticipate with dread the high-pitched noise of the drill. Dental lasers can precisely remove the diseased material. In fact, your cavity may have even been detected by a special laser designed to pinpoint the byproducts given off by tooth decay. After the decay has been removed and the dentist has filled the cavity, a laser can be directed at the filling material to harden it.

Cosmetic dentists have eagerly embraced the many benefits of laser dentistry for improving a patient’s smile. This technology is widely used during teeth whitening treatments. By activating the whitening solution, the laser shortens the total treatment time. Lasers can even be used for patients with “gummy smiles.” The light beam can gently reshape the gums to create an aesthetically pleasing smile.

How can you get access to sophisticated laser treatments?

If you live in Suffolk County, you can visit Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry for the latest cutting-edge treatments, including laser dentistry. Dr. Nick and Dr. Elliot are committed to dental care excellence and are been pleased to offer laser dentistry treatments to their patients. For all of your general and cosmetic dentistry needs, call our Long Island practice today.

Additional “laser dentistry” resources

  1. WebMD, Laser Use in Dentistry, http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/laser-use-dentistry#1
  2. Colgate, Is Laser Teeth Whitening an Option for You? http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/teeth-whitening/article/is-laser-teeth-whitening-an-option-for-you-0914

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Latest Advances 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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Ava Lawson