When you think of dental procedures, you may immediately think of picks, drills and other treatment options. Today, however, we have options available to help our patients stay comfortable, remain worry-free and get better care than ever. Laser dentistry is just one of these options. Laser energy has been used to treat gum disease since 1990 and has been used to treat the teeth and jaw since 1996. It is a safe, FDA-approved option for caring for your entire mouth.
Laser dentistry can be used for a variety of needs. It is frequently used to treat cavities and to remove tooth decay before fillings are placed. Many patients prefer it to the traditional drill. Lasers can even be used to clean or whiten the teeth. More in-depth procedures benefit from the powerful precision of this treatment. For example, we may use it to reshape receded gums, perform dental biopsies and aid in other dental procedures.
If you have never had laser dentistry before, you may be wondering why you would prefer it over traditional dentistry. For one, it can reduce patient anxiety. Many patients dread drills and picks. Lasers make many procedures less uncomfortable. They can reduce vibrations in the mouth and speed up treatment time. Knowing this can help patients feel less anxious about upcoming procedures.
Although you may be concerned about the power behind the laser, in the hands of our skilled practitioner, dental lasers are incredibly safe. With FDA-approval behind it, you can trust these specialized lasers. Lasers can also decrease discomfort during certain treatments, can reduce the need for anesthesia and can minimize oral trauma during treatments.
Dental lasers decrease the risk of infection by precisely targeting areas and sterilizing tissues as they work. Because fewer tissues are harmed during the treatment, the overall recovery time will likely be decreased, and you will experience fewer side effects.
During your dental consultation with us at Distinctive Laser Dentistry in Saint Louis Park, we will help you know whether laser dentistry may be right for you. On occasion, there are times that traditional dental techniques will serve you better. We will discuss each of your concerns with you and help you understand how dental lasers work before your treatment. Contact us today to schedule a dental appointment and get started!