What dental conditions can Laser Dentistry treat?
Laser dentistry has come a long way in the past decade. Innovations in asters have made them gentler, more precise, and easier for professionals to use. At Dr. Barney’s office in West Virginia, you can get alternative laser treatments for the following conditions:
- Gum disease: In addition to regular periodontal disease therapy, lasers can help make drastic improvements in gum health. When lasers are used as part of the process, gums heal more quickly, and become more responsive to treatment.
- Gum contouring: Painful gum contouring surgery involving a scalpel and many days of recovery has thankfully been replaced by laser surgery. Using a diode laser, Dr. Barney can gently reshape and cut away excess tissue, leaving patients with a less gummy smile, without the recovery period.
- Canker sore treatment: Canker sores can be treated much more quickly with lasers. A laser can be used to seal off the nerves that were causing the pain, and can be used to break down the tissues creating the sores. This way canker sores can be treated without long, intensive corticosteroid treatments.
- Frenectomies: Lasers can be used to replace traditional surgery on both lingual frenum and labial frenum problems.
- Crown lengthening: When the gums cover too much of the crown of the teeth, lasers can be used to cut away the tissue. Just like gum contouring, this procedure formerly involved surgery with a scalpel.
How does Laser Treatment work?
Lasers work by emitting powerful light beams. These light beams are pointed to a precise point and are used at different intensities. Some lasers, like those used in crown lengthening, are powerful enough to cut through soft tissue. Others, like those used for teeth whitening, emit a lower intensity to seal a nerve or heat up a liquid quickly.
Benefits of Laser Treatment
Whatever the use, laser therapy in dentistry has many positive benefits.
- No pain – Laser procedures usually do not require anesthesia.
- Quicker healing times – Patients who are operated on using lasers often do not need more than a day’s rest from work or activities.
- Quicker procedure time – The procedure itself is often shorter, with most taking less than an hour.
- Better results – Lasers are far more precise than traditional surgical tools and can give a much cleaner result.
Am I a good candidate?
Most patients are good candidates for laser surgery! Since lasers are so effective, even people with sensitive teeth can often undergo the procedures comfortably. However, as with any medical treatment or surgery, this depends on the individual.
Will the laser itself hurt?
Lasers emit a strong light and heat source, so some people may require anesthetic. However, for many treatments most people find they do not need anesthetic ahead of time. Dr. Barney will discuss your concerns and anesthetic options with you ahead of time.
Can I return to work right after treatment?
This depends on the type of treatment you are getting. For example, if you are having crown lengthening done, you will want to take a day or two off because of the inflammation that will occur afterwards. If you are just having porcelain veneers bonded, or teeth whitened, then you will probably be able to get back right away.
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in learning more about Laser Dentistry, and would like to see if you are a good candidate, call (304) 754-8803 to schedule a consultation at our office in Hedgesville, WV.