Laser dentistry is a pioneering approach to treating a variety of dental issues. This type of advanced treatment uses highly focused light beams to modify or remove soft or hard tissues and make dental treatments more comfortable. At Saddler Family Dentistry in Berkeley, California, Dr. Saddler uses lasers to treat several oral concerns like tooth decay and gum disease and recommends them for their cost-efficiency and convenience.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
- Faster healing
- Promotes tissue regeneration
- Helps preserve more of the natural tooth structure
- Reduces bleeding during and after treatment
- No need for anesthesia
- Minimal need for stitches and sutures
- Decreases chances of postoperative bacterial infections
How Can Laser Dentistry Help?
Laser dentistry is most notably associated with cosmetic dental treatments. However, it is just as effective for preventative purposes.
Dental lasers can be used in:
In traditional methods, a drill would be required to prepare the tooth for a filling. Lasers now eliminate the need for drilling and anesthesia. They also effectively destroy oral bacteria around the treated areas.
Lasers can eliminate soft tissue to uncover more of the natural tooth, remodel it to make gummy smiles more appealing, and remove painful soft tissue folds caused by denture wear.
Frenectomy is the procedure of removing the frenum's connective tissue from the base of the tongue or the upper gums. This surgery is usually performed in children.
A laser beam can be used to remove benign tumors that have developed in the soft tissue areas of the mouth without causing pain.
Lasers can significantly hasten the teeth whitening process by activating the bleaching particles in the peroxide solution.
Lasers are also used to perform biopsies on suspicious areas of soft tissue with great precision.
How Are Laser Procedures Performed?
There are different types of lasers used in the treatment of various oral conditions. The most standard dental lasers are carbon dioxide and diode lasers.
After taking X-rays and conducting a thorough examination, Dr. Saddler will recommend the laser treatment that best suits your specific condition.
Laser treatments generally consist of directing a laser beam at the affected area. Lasers can be used to harden fillings, eliminate soft tissue, or whiten teeth, in far less time and without causing any anxiety or discomfort.
To learn more about the laser dentistry treatments we offer at Saddler Family Dentistry, schedule an appointment by calling (510) 653-6424 or visit Dentist in Berkeley, CA at 1504 Alcatraz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703.