Laser dentistry was first approved by the FDA in the early 1990s. Since then, it has slowly and steadily made its way into American dental practices. At Larson Dental, laser dentistry helps Drs. Seth and Zack Larson address a variety of dental issues. Read on to learn more about this innovative dental technology.
What is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry refers to the use of lasers to treat a number of different dental conditions. The laser (which stands for “light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation”) creates light energy in a focused, narrow beam, safely treating your gum and tooth issues.
At Larson Dental, laser dentistry helps Drs. Seth and Zack Larson better treat patients’ dental problems. We’re pleased to offer this modern technology to provide our patients with long-lasting, healthy smiles.
Laser Dentistry Uses
One of the advantages of laser dentistry is the fact that it’s so versatile. In more severe applications, it can even replace the need for traditional surgical instruments.
The two main uses for laser dentistry can be broken down into hard tissue (the teeth) and soft tissue (the gums) procedures. Some of the ways our Prescott Valley dentists use laser dentistry include:
- Treating gum disease
- Removing overgrown or inflamed tissue
- Performing biopsy procedures
- Tooth preparation for dental fillings
- Speeding up the teeth whitening treatment process
- Treating canker sores
- Gum reshaping
- Treating tooth sensitivity
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
In addition to its convenience, laser dentistry offers many benefits and advantages over traditional dentistry tools. When using the lasers, Drs. Seth and Zack Larson may not even need to use traditional tools and drills, which can often be intimidating to patients. The lasers also allow for a more precise and less invasive treatment that speeds up the healing timeline and reduces post-treatment symptoms.
Using laser dentistry also helps control bleeding during and after your dental procedures. It also helps reduce bacteria in the mouth, preventing the risk of infection. Additionally, while laser dentistry may cause some discomfort at times, it is inherently less painful and more precise than traditional methods. Many of our patients have less of a need for anesthesia when undergoing treatment with laser dentistry.
Perio Tray by Perio Protect is a non-invasive approach to gum disease treatment. Unlike traditional procedures which require constant professional maintenance, Perio Tray can help you fight infectious bacteria simply by wearing the prescription medical device for 10-15 minutes per day.
Perio Tray is often used in conjunction with laser dentistry. Customized to fit each patient, these retainer-like devices contain an internal seal that carries effective medication, allowing it to travel deep beneath your gums.
Laser Dentistry at Larson Dental
Are you ready to give laser dentistry a try? We’re proud to offer laser dentistry services at Larson Dental, and we’d love to show you how it can benefit your overall oral health. Give our Prescott Valley office a call today at (928) 772-8128 so that our team can help you get the dental treatment you deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Laser Dentistry painful?
Laser dentistry is a pain-free method of treatment our team uses for a wide range of dental procedures. It’s fast and effective as it uses heat and light to improve oral health and make your treatment time more efficient.
Here at Larson Dental, your comfort is always our priority which is why laser dentistry is great for anyone.
Are dental lasers safe?
Dental lasers are a safe, effective way to treat various types of dental diseases or complications. With lasers, your treatment is done more precisely and less-invasive.
Our team offers protective gear for you to wear while we use the laser for your procedure. This way you won’t have to worry about any other potential damages caused by the laser.
How long does a laser dentistry procedure take?
The length of your treatment with laser dentistry will depend on the procedure you’re receiving and the severity of your condition. For gum disease, your initial treatment will focus on scaling away the plaque and tartar, followed by laser treatment which only takes a few minutes.
During your initial consultation, Drs. Seth or Zack Larson will be able to provide you with an accurate estimate of treatment time. This can be decided on after an oral examination in order to best meet your needs.
Schedule Your Laser Dentistry Consultation
If you’d like more information on laser dentistry and how it can benefit you, contact our Prescott Valley dentist at Larson Dental. Our dedicated dentist and staff are here to assist you and help you get the treatment you deserve!