Philadelphia, Main Line, and Ardmore, Pennsylvania Cosmetic Dentistry
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What is Laser Dentistry?
Lasers have become more and more common in surgical and other medical applications, and recently have become more commonly used in dentistry as well. The flexibility of laser technology allows laser dentistry to be less invasive, more comfortable and often less stressful for patients. Dr. Marshall uses the latest technology in hard and soft tissue dental laser systems, the Lightwalker Laser.
Cosmetic dentist Lindsey Marshall, DMD, provides laser dentistry services to patients throughout the Philadelphia area, giving her patients the best and most up-to-date dental care available.
Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry
Lasers are most often used in dentistry for soft tissue treatments. These treatments often involve surgical procedures previously performed with traditional surgical tools and approaches. Lasers provide the following advantages over traditional surgical techniques:
- Stitches are unnecessary
- Less bleeding
- Less chance of infection
- Faster healing
Soft tissue dental procedures often involve periodontal work, or procedures performed on the gums. Gum surgery can be necessary due to gum disease. In some cases, gum surgery is performed to reduce the “gummy” appearance of your smile, or to expose a larger amount of the tooth to allow for easier and more stable placement of restorations.
Hard Tissue Laser Dentistry
Using lasers for work on hard tissues, or the actual tooth itself, is less common, but more and more applications for laser dentistry on hard tissues are being discovered and tested. Some existing treatments include:
- Cavity detection with a low-power laser
- Correcting tooth sensitivity
- Preparing teeth for fillings
Using lasers for these procedures offers several advantages. Early cavity detection allows teeth to be treated much earlier than other methods of detection. Using laser dentistry to prepare teeth for fillings eliminates the traditional dental drill and in some cases even makes anesthesia unnecessary. If your dental phobia is triggered by the sound of the drill, laser dentistry can go a long way toward alleviating your anxiety.