Brushing and flossing are a major part of cavity prevention, but cleaning the surfaces of your teeth is only part of the plan. Laser dentistry is an incredible advancement in the field that allows Dr. Ania to use diode laser energy to deep clean and remove gum tissue that has been diseased by bacteria. Laser dentistry is just one way we use technology to improve results for our patients, and to make treatments safer and more comfortable.
How Lasers Work
Soft tissue lasers (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) use pulsed beams of concentrated energy that help Dr. Ania accomplish her gum enhancement goals. The laser performs two primary functions: laser decontamination (cleaning) and laser therapy (vaporization of diseased tissue). The first mode is used even on healthy patients to reduce bacteria, while laser therapy is most often used on patients with periodontal disease.
Remember that even the healthiest patients have millions of bacteria present at any given time.
Use of the incredible soft tissue laser results in dramatic bacteria reduction previously not possible with handheld instruments. Lasers also helps keep bacteria from settling, a benefit called “delayed recolonization.” This means that after bacteria removal, your gums have more of a chance to heal because the tissue is not as vulnerable to new bacteria settling in.
Uses of the Soft Tissue Laser
Dr. Ania often applies the use of lasers in her dentistry practice to offer a speedy and more pain-free treatment for certain procedures, and for treatment that may not have been possible in the past. Dr. Ania can treat unsightly cold sores with low intensity dental lasers that reduce irritation and minimize healing time. These lasers are also used to detect and treat cavities, enhance a smile by reshaping the patients gums, eliminate benign tumors, whiten teeth and more.
Dr. Ania uses lasers in her practice for:
- • Deep cleaning of gingival pockets (laser decontamination)
- • Diseased tissue removal (laser-assisted periodontal therapy)
- • Sterilization of root canals
- • Gum recontouring (reshaping the gums for cosmetic purposes)
- • Crown lengthening
- • Dental implant exposure
- • Cold sore treatment
- • Laser tooth whitening
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
The benefits of choosing laser dentistry over handheld instruments include extreme precision, which allows Dr. Ania to remove only diseased tissue without disturbing surrounding tissue. Laser treatment is also notorious for quick healing due to the laser’s ability to instantaneously seal the blood vessels. Light energy sessions usually do not cause bleeding and patients can return to their normal activities immediately.
Please contact Dr. Ania today to schedule your semi-annual teeth cleaning and see for yourself how dental lasers make a difference in our practice.