What to Expect with Laser Dentistry
Laser dentistry and tissue treatment offer you the best tools from today’s science and dental technology. Dr. Ania’s practice is one of just a few practices that currently offers this innovative laser tissue treatment. Laser dentistry sets a high standard with its superior precision, minimized bleeding, reduced risk of infection, and accelerated healing. Patients also report significantly less pain and discomfort during and after treatment. If you dread getting dental work done, you might be surprised to find out how easy and comfortable laser dentistry can be. Change your dental experience today by receiving laser dentistry services!
Most people don’t like having cavities and like getting them fixed even less. Did you know that cavities are actually 100% preventable if you take care of your oral health? The National Institutes of Health reports that tooth decay (which are cavities) is one of the most “prevalent chronic” diseases in children and adults alike. Your risk for cavities increases as you age, so not only do you have to be vigilant with your oral health as a child, but you also have to be adamant about brushing and flossing as an adult!
You can avoid cavities fairly easy if you brush and floss your teeth. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day. We would even take it a step further and suggest that you brush your teeth after every meal (especially if you get cavities easy).
What Is Laser Dentistry?
Most people think of probing tools and needles when they think about getting a cavity filled. However, laser dentistry is a popular method of performing dental procedures that is much better than using tools and needles. Laser dentistry involves using an instrument that gives off a very narrow beam of intense light energy. We have found that lasers can clean your teeth without hurting you or damaging your teeth.
Laser dentistry is not a new concept. It’s actually been around since 1990 and is becoming more popular each year amongst dentists. Dr. Ania uses lasers in her practice for:
- Deep cleaning gingival pockets (for laser decontamination)
- Diseased tissue removal (laser-assisted periodontal therapy)
- Sterilization of root canals
- Gum recontouring (which is reshaping the gums for cosmetic purposes)
- Crown lengthening
- Cold-sore treatment
- Laser tooth whitening
- Dental implant exposure
Laser Cavity Detection
Lasers can be used for cleaning the teeth easier and more comfortably than other methods. Did you know that we can also detect cavities using lasers? We call this “laser cavity detection.” Tooth decay can be difficult to diagnose, especially with probing tools alone. X-ray detection can be very beneficial for finding cavities, but in many cases, the cavity has to be large. There is a better way to detect cavities with lasers. Using a “Diagnodent” laser—which is a pen-like wand—we can scan your tooth surface for signs of hidden tooth decay.
Using lightwave reflection, we pass the laser over each tooth to discover tooth decay. If your tooth is healthy, the laser light will pass through your tooth. However, if there is a cavity, the light will be reflected. This way, we are able to know the exact size, shape and location of a cavity no matter how big or small it is. Using lasers in dentistry can help us fix a tiny cavity before it becomes large and needs a more in-depth procedure.
Why Choose Laser Dentistry?
Dr. Ania often applies the use of lasers in her dentistry practice to offer a speedy and more pain-free treatment for certain procedures. She can use lasers for treatments that may not have been possible in the past. She can treat unsightly cold sores with low-intensity dental lasers that reduce irritation and minimize healing time. Lasers can detect and treat cavities, enhance a smile by reshaping gums, eliminate benign tumors, whiten teeth and more.
The benefits of choosing laser dentistry over hand-held instruments include extreme precision, which allows Dr. Ania to remove only diseased tissue without disturbing surrounding tissue. Laser treatment is notorious for quick healing because the laser instantaneously seals the blood vessels. Patients love that as well as the fact that light-energy sessions don’t usually cause bleeding. When you need dental work done, it’s easy to use laser dentistry services and then return immediately to your normal activities. If you want to learn more about laser dentistry and what it can do for you, call Dr. Ania’s office today at (303) 872-9940!