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Laser Dentistry

Laser Dentistry

Many dental procedures are using laser dentistry, as it provides precise and effective results.  The dentist has more control on the power output, and duration of exposure to the tissue.  The precision allows for treatment to a highly specific area, without damage to the surrounding tissues.  Specifically, the laser delivers energy in the form of light.  It acts as a cutting or vaporizing instrument, in the even of surgical and dental procedures.  Laser dentistry can be used for the correction of numerous dental problems.  It is used to detect lesions in the mouth, uncover partially erupted wisdom teeth, and more.

There are many benefits associated with the use of laser dentistry.  During soft tissue treatments, stitches may not be needed.  Also in these procedures, bleeding and swelling is significantly minimized.  Some procedures that utilize laser dentistry do not require anesthesia.  Bacterial infections are also significantly minimized.  This is due to the fact that the high-energy beam sterilizes the area being worked on.  Laser dentistry also minimizes bleeding.  Another positive effect of laser dentistry is that the recovery of wounds is faster, and the tissues can be regenerated.

Laser dentistry is used in a variety of procedures.  Hard tissue, or tooth, laser dentistry includes procedures such as dental fillings and cavity detection.  With dental fillings, the lasers are capable of killing bacteria that are located in the cavity.  This is attributed to the improved long-term tooth restoration.  For those very sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages, lase dentistry allows for the sealing of the tubules, which are located at the root of the tooth.

Soft tissue, or gum, laser dentistry is also used in a variety of procedures.  One of these procedures includes crown lengthening.  The lasers are able to reshape the gum tissue, using a soft tissue laser, while a hard tissue laser is used for the bone, which then exposes a healthier tooth structure.  The soft tissue laser is also used for procedures like gingivoplasty and gingivectomy, both associated with a “gummy” smile.  The soft tissue laser is able to reshape the gum tissue in an effort to expose healthy tooth structure that results in a more aesthetically pleasing smile.

Laser dentistry offers a safe and comfortable experience.  It is increasingly becoming more popular for these reasons.

  • Laser Gum Treatment

Also in laser dentistry are procedures in laser gum treatment.  This is a fairly new type of treatment, that has been proven to be very effective, and lacks the usual disadvantages of conventional surgery.  With the benefits mentioned earlier, lasers used for the treatment of gum disease result in less bleeding, swelling, and discomfort during and after the surgery.  When using laser dentistry in gum treatment, infection is stopped, and bacteria are completely eliminated.

During the procedure, the dentist uses the laser to remove the unhealthy and infected gum tissue out of the pocket.  The laser allows the area to be completely disinfected.

  • Gum Injected Antibiotics

In an effort to treat gum disease, the dentist will prescribe various forms of antibiotics.  The antibiotics can be applied directly to the gums, ingested by pills, by using a mouthwash, or, in more serious cases, directly inserted into the pockets.

Among alternatives, Brite Smile Dental uses Arestin and Atridox.  These antibiotics are applied locally as a treatment for gum disease.  Arestin is an antibiotic treatment in a powder form.  It is placed inside the infected pocket by using pre-measured cartridges.  Atridox is a Doxycycline gel that is applied to the gums in a larger quantity than Arestin.  These antibiotics are similar, and both used for the same reasons.  They assist in faster healing of the gum tissue.

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