The FDA acknowledged laser dentistry to be safe for public usage in 1990. Since then, the dental community has employed different types of lasers to treat both hard and soft tissues. Since lasers are far less damaging to surrounding tissues than more traditional measures, they allow for superior results with less postoperative pain and discomfort. In addition, a reduction in bleeding and post operative recovery is achieved through laser usage.
At DDS, we use the iLase diode laser by Biolase. This incredible laser is not much larger than a marker and is utilized in a variety of ways in our office:
Tooth Desensitization – If you have sensitive teeth, the laser can be used to treat those areas and either greatly reduce the level of sensitivity or completely eradicate it.
Periodontal Plastic Surgery – Dental lasers can be used to remove excess gum tissue and sculpt gum tissue into more ideal and esthetic contours.
Frenectomy – A frenum is a muscle attachment to various oral structures. Occasionally the attachment of these is too tight and needs to be relieved. Lasers frenectomies have little to no pain afterward, no bleeding and do not require stitches. Reasons for frenectomy include improving speech and the feeding habits of babies, preventing or correcting gum recession and closing of spaces in between teeth.
- Improved periodontal health: there is a whole section on the website dedicated to this.