At Jon C. Packman DDS, we understand that many people are afraid of visiting the dentist because they think they will have to endure pain just like they have in the past. The sound of the drill might even continue to terrify many of them.
We want you to feel comfortable which is why we’ve invested in laser dentistry to provide you with a positive dental experience which results in better outcomes on your procedures. Your relationship with us won’t be dominated by fear or pain, and we will work with you to help address your aesthetic and dental health needs.
How Does it Work?
Laser dentistry has revolutionized many medical procedures such as eye surgery and skin resurfacing. This has also recently become applicable for various dental procedures. Lasers can have varying delivery means and wavelengths for different procedures. Here’s a look at some of the most common types of laser you are likely to encounter.
The first type is a soft tissue laser that can be used for any soft or gum tissue procedures. This can eliminate the need for a scalpel and incisions which helps have a more controlled response in the surgical correction and healing of gummy smiles, crown lengthening, and frenectomies. It can also be used to disinfect teeth and prepare them when a tooth structure has to be removed.
There is also the cavity detector laser that is used in place of the cavity detection test that involved poking teeth. This can help us in detecting early tooth decay which might otherwise go unnoticed and expand.
The final one is a hard tissue laser (tooth laser) which is the only one that can replace a traditional dental drill. The main advantage of this is that most people can undergo a procedure with it without the use of anesthetics.
Contrary to dentistry that uses a needle and a drill, this laser can perform just as many dental procedures with less use of shots, anesthesia and in most cases, even without pain. It’s truly a unique tool that combines laser energy and water which lets it provide a gentle and precise treatment that helps preserve a healthy tooth structure while minimizing pain and discomfort.
On top of that, procedures that can take many appointments to be completed traditionally can now be completed in one session. This incursion of the laser into dentistry has opened many new options and opportunities to treat gum disease and perform periodontal surgery.
At our office, we can use this waterlase method to prepare teeth and for gingival treatments. It’s particularly useful since it has very thin ends that help it extrude laser energy to disinfect the gums and then eliminate gum disease by removing smaller amounts of said tissue, improve the healing conditions and present a less painful and invasive recovery.
To get more information on laser dentistry, how it works, and whether it’s a good option for you, feel free to call the experienced professionals here at Jon C. Packman DDS at (704) 978-7060 today!