With the ongoing development of dental technology, treatments are becoming faster and more comfortable for both patients and dentists. Laser dentistry is one of the technologies that has become more widespread. What is laser dentistry and what can it do for you? Dr. Caleb A. Robinson, a dentist in New Philadelphia, OH provides some answers.
What is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry is a better substitute for things that often require oral surgery or more extensive issues. At our office, we utilize a laser for soft tissue problems like periodontal therapy and gum reshaping. The laser takes the place of a scalpel or other tools that may be more uncomfortable or less precise.
The Benefits of Laser Dentistry
Laser dentistry comes with a whole host of benefits. With the heat of the laser, when a “cut” is made with it, it cauterizes, so you have a lot less bleeding. This also means that there are no sutures needed after the procedure. There’s a shorter recovery time and you’ll have less downtime directly following the procedure.
Anesthesia is also rarely needed with laser dentistry. It’s much less painful than using something like a scalpel. They’re more precise than other tools, allowing us to remove as little tissue as possible when a procedure is performed. The heat of lasers makes them sterile, as well. This makes them a good choice for dealing with gum disease as they can help with bacteria and inflammation.
Gum Contouring With Laser Dentistry
A laser can be used both to help with a gummy smile and to help take care of a receding gumline. Gummy smiles are a mainly cosmetic concern that occurs when the gums dominate the gum to teeth ratio. It makes your teeth look smaller and you find that your smile is completely dominated by your gums. Laser dentistry can help get rid of some excess gum tissue. Paired with porcelain veneers, you can get a balanced smile.
Receding gums aren’t only a cosmetic concern. They’re an oral health concern as well. Receding gums are often a sign of gum disease and they can expose sensitive parts of the tooth. The teeth may become loose as well. You may notice that you have increased tooth sensitivity to things like hot or cold beverages.
With laser dentistry, your gums can be brought down so that they cover the sensitive root of your tooth again. Lasers can also get rid of any tartar buildup in the pockets of your gums that may be a contributing factor to your gum recession.
Laser Dentistry at Your New Philadelphia, Ohio Dentist
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