Patients are always a little surprised when I tell them that “I am going to grab the laser,” but at Advanced Dentistry of Auburn we are committed to providing excellent dental care using the most up to date technology. A dental laser is another one of our tools that allows us to achieve this goal. A dental laser uses a narrow band of light energy to perform a specific task and by adjusting the settings; these lasers can be used for a variety of purposes that aid and in the healing, decontamination and esthetic outcome of dental treatment.

Treatment of gum disease- Periodontitis (gum disease) is an infection in the supporting structure around teeth. These infections lead to chronic inflammation and eventually the loss of bone surrounding the tooth. The bacteria that cause this infection are attached to the tooth and also infiltrate the tissue in the pocket next to the tooth. Our dental laser is used to decontaminate these pockets by removing the inflamed tissue and removing the bacteria that it is harboring. By adding this treatment to our standard protocol for treating gum disease, we are able to increase healing while causing minimal to no pain after procedure.

Tissue re-contouring for esthetic enhancement– A sometimes overlooked area of dental esthetics is the shape and location of the gums surrounding your teeth. Gums that have developed in a non-ideal location can lead to the appearance of smaller or misshapen teeth. Using the dental laser to re-contour these defects, a dramatic improvement can be made in a smile with a very minimally invasive procedure. This is often used in conjunction with other esthetic treatment such as veneers to achieve a complete smile enhancement.

Reduce discomfort of canker and cold sores– Cold sores and canker sores typically last 7-10 days and can be very painful as they run their course. Typical treatment is topical medication to limit discomfort. Using the light energy from our dental laser in 2-3, 5 minute, sessions, we are able to remove the discomfort and aid in the healing of these lesions.

There are many other great uses for the laser and we would love to discuss these dental care options with you. Please call or stop by for a demonstration or just to say hi.

 

Dr. Evan Kania

Advanced Dentistry of Auburn