Laser DentistSan Luis Obispo, CA
Laser dentistry is a form of treatment that can help provide a variety of dental services to teeth without the need for traditional dental tools. Laser dentistry allows us to provide efficient and effective service to patients. Along with that, many patients find laser dentistry more comfortable than traditional methods since it does not involve tools that come into contact with the teeth.
We can help determine if a patient is a candidate for laser dentistry during a consultation. Dr. Sayre-Carstairs is a laser dentist who can enhance the overall experience of oral health care. Laser dentistry can help treat tooth decay, gum disease, and more.
Call us at 805-952-1147 to schedule an appointment and learn if laser dentistry can meet your needs.
What Laser Dentistry Can do for You
Laser dentistry can treat a variety of oral issues in patients. A laser is a concentrated light beam that generates heat. The heat generated is what dentists use to perform treatments. Altering the laser's wavelength alters how much heat it generates during the procedure and depends on the patient's needs.
Some of the common uses of laser dentistry that Dr. Sayre-Carstairs may recommend for treatment include:
Treating Tooth Decay
Lasers can remove decayed tooth material and prepare teeth enamel for fillings. Lasers can also detect the formation of cavities.
Dentists can use lasers to kill bacteria during root canal treatments and to reshape gums.
Lasers can replace dental drills with certain tooth-replacement services or for restorations like fillings. Lasers require the removal of less material while also killing bacteria inside cavities, protecting the patient against infection.
Lasers can seal the tubules in sensitive teeth to reduce sensitivity to cold and hot foods items.
Gummy Smile Treatment
Lasers can address gummy smiles, a condition that exposes more gum tissue than usual when a person smiles. A laser can reshape the gums to create a healthier-looking smile.
Lasers can expose more of a tooth after it sustains some damage, so it is possible to cover it up with a crown.
How Laser Dentistry Works
Laser dentistry focuses heat on a specific point. Laser dentistry acts as a vaporizer that removes damaged tissues or as a cutting instrument. The benefits of using a laser to treat a patient over traditional metal dental tools include:
- Lasers typically cause less pain, and they sometimes remove the need for an anesthetic
- Lasers are less intimidating than dental drills which can cause dental anxiety for some patients
- Treatments with lasers often lead to less swelling and bleeding
- Remove less of the teeth material when using laser dentistry to treat tooth decay
- Lasers provide a less invasive way to treat gum disease
- The chance of bacterial infection is lower
- Cuts can heal faster
- There is less risk of damage to surrounding tissues
The Treatment Process
Dentists work primarily with two types of lasers: hard tissue and soft tissue. As their name suggests, hard tissue lasers cut hard teeth structures. Their wavelengths can penetrate water and the minerals in teeth. These types of lasers can often help prepare teeth for fillings or to reshape deformed teeth.
Soft tissue lasers vaporize or cut through soft tissues in the mouth. The hemoglobin in water absorbs the energy produced by soft tissue lasers. These lasers can kill gum-disease-causing bacteria and activate the growth of soft tissues. Soft tissue lasers seal blood vessels and nerve endings as they cut through tissues, which often negates the need for a local anesthetic. These lasers also promote faster healing of tissues that have been worked on.
Call Us Today
Laser dentistry can make your trips to the dentist shorter and more pleasant. Call us at 805-952-1147 to schedule an appointment with us and learn more about this innovative treatment today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are laser treatments better than traditional treatments?
For the most part, yes. Laser treatments are often less invasive than if the treatment was done using metal tools. For example, treating cavities with lasers leads to the removal of less gum tissue. Also, laser treatments for gum disease can prevent having to perform more invasive treatments like gum flap surgery.
Do laser treatments hurt?
No. Treatments with lasers typically lead to less pain. A laser can also cancel out the need for a local anesthetic. Lasers minimize damage to surrounding areas during treatments.
Is laser gum surgery effective?
Yes. Studies show laser gum disease treatments lead to less tooth loss afterward than traditional surgery. It promotes better attachment of gum tissues to teeth roots and bone tissues. It also promotes the regeneration of healthy gum tissues.
How do I know if I'm a candidate for laser dentistry?
Our laser dentist, Dr. Sayre-Carstairs, will determine if the patient is a candidate for laser dentistry during an appointment. We will measure the strength of the patient's teeth before we determine the most effective course of action.
Are dental lasers safe?
Yes. The use of lasers often makes treatments safer for patients since there is a lower risk of infection and less damage to the structures around the area being worked on.
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