New Year New You: State-of-the-Art Mouth Makeovers using Laser Dentistry

Dental LaserLaser light can transform your whole smile quickly and comfortably. These non-invasive techniques are especially suited for timid dental clients, or people on the go. The use of laser light cuts recovery times and minimizes discomfort by large margins.

Laser dentistry has been incorporated into dental practice since its FDA approval in 1990. This technologically advanced method utilizes an intense, narrow beam of light that is projected by a dental laser. This beam can shape or remove tissue precisely, effectively, and safely. Dental lasers reduce bleeding and post-treatment recovery times. Laser dentistry causes far less pain than traditional techniques, which is a relief for those who are anxious or fearful about dental work.

We offer laser dentistry services at San Francisco Dental Associates to minimize patient recovery times and discomfort. No poking or prodding here – laser light means no sharp incisions or pointy hooks near your mouth.

Lasers deliver energy in the form of light. In surgical dentistry, the laser is used as a tool for cutting or vaporizing tissue. Lasers are also used for fillings and teeth-whitening procedures.
Different dental conditions warrant the use of different types of lasers. Two of the most common, used to treat soft tissue problems, are diode lasers and carbon dioxide lasers. Your dentist will decide which to use after X-rays and a complete examination.

Laser dentistry is a remarkably effective tool for many dental concerns.

BIOPSY: If there is a possibility of cancer, lasers can be used to remove a bit of tissue to examine it. If the patient suffers from lesions or canker sores, lasers are an effective way to treat these as well.

FRENECTOMY: If the tongue is tied, lasers can improve feeding habits and speech ability by removing limiting muscle attachments.

SOFT TISSUE RESHAPING: Lasers are effective for crown lengthening (dissolving soft tissue to expose the natural tooth), removing tissue folds that occur with the denture use or certain medications, and reshaping tissue to create a more attractive smile.

TOOTH DECAY: When a tooth needs a filling, the enamel must be prepared to receive it. Traditionally, a drill was used for this, but now lasers can remove the decay, eliminating any need for anesthesia and drilling. Additionally, lasers can reshape gums, kill bacteria that may exist around a surgical site, harden existing fillings, and expose wisdom teeth.

TEETH WHITENING: Laser dentistry works to activate the whitening process by increasing the efficacy of particle interaction. 
Laser dentistry can make over your entire mouth with minimal impact on your schedule and comfort. During and after treatment, you can expect less pain and bleeding, reduced reliance on anesthesia, quicker regeneration of tissue, less need for sutures or stitches, a smaller risk of bacterial infection, and a faster, more comfortable healing process. What more could you ask for?

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