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Dental Laser Treatment
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.
How are Lasers Used to Remove Tooth Decay?
Dental lasers have been developed to target both hard and soft tissues in the mouth. Teeth are considered hard tissue. Using a particular laser, Dr. Marshall can deliver specific wavelengths of light that destroy bacteria on contact while also carefully removing enamel that has been softened by decay. The process is fast and can often be done without anesthetic.
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.
Who is a Candidate for Laser Dentistry?
Lasers are appropriate for many common dental procedures. Because laser devices are not heat-based and do not create pressure or vibration on a tooth or the gums, most people can be good candidates for laser procedures. Lasers allow the dentist to be more conservative with tissue removal. They allow patients to feel more comfortable and at ease during visits because there is no sound or sensation from the small device.
People who need soft tissue treatment for gum disease or gum reshaping may be great candidates for laser dentistry. This service can also be advantageous for early cavity detection, resulting in a decreased need for large dental fillings.
Read Why People Are Choosing Lindsey F. Marshall
Dr. Marshall is so knowledgeable and kind. She made me feel so comfortable and confident about the work she will do. I’m trusting her with my smile and I know I’ll be very happy with the result.
Dr. Marshall is a pleasure to work with! If you’re looking for a cosmetic dentist with years of experience, training and overall knowledge of their craft, Dr. Marshall is it. Not only that, but her office is in a great location so you can make a whole day of your visit! I would definitely recommend her to anyone.
How is laser dentistry used for teeth whitening treatments?
Laser teeth whitening is a professional treatment that is overseen by a dentist to achieve beautiful, uniform results. The process is similar to standard teeth whitening in that it involves the application of a medical-grade peroxide to the front of teeth. After the dentist applies this whitening solution, laser light is used to activate the gel and accelerate stain lifting. Laser teeth whitening takes about an hour and achieves dramatic improvement in a single session.
How is Laser Dentistry used to prepare teeth for fillings?
The Lightwalker Laser can be used to remove decay from teeth and create the ideal circumstances for a tooth-colored filling to bond to the prepared area. The light from the laser device vaporizes tissue quickly and painlessly, minimizing the amount of enamel that is removed before the filling is placed. Less tissue removal means smaller fillings!
Before and After Implant Crown with In-Office Laser Whitening
What are the disadvantages of Laser Dentistry?
There are few disadvantages to laser dentistry considering they have such significant benefits in the area of comfort and conservativeness. Some that patients should be aware of include:
- Lasers may not be used to remove amalgam fillings.
- It may not be possible to use lasers to repair cavities in between teeth or around old fillings.
- Lasers may not be suitable for crown or bridge preparation due to the amount of reduction that is necessary.
- Using a laser device may not eliminate the need for dental drilling in some instances.
- Some patients or procedures may need anesthetic injections, though this is typically minimal.
- Laser dentistry may cost more than conventional techniques but is gentler more precise
Is Laser Dentistry painful?
Laser dental devices do not generate vibration, heat, or pressure, which makes many treatments much easier and more comfortable. Dr. Marshall administers a local anesthetic before many laser procedures just as she would for conventional techniques, but there is often less need for this. Fewer injections and, in some instances, no injections at all! Patient comfort is a high priority in our office regardless of the extent of care a patient is receiving. We offer several options to make your visit as comfortable as can be.