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Laser Dentistry services offered in San Luis Obispo, CA


Laser dentistry provides a convenient and virtually pain-free way to treat a variety of oral issues, including gum disease and tooth sensitivity. Lynn Sayre-Castairs, DMD, offers laser dentistry to people aged 12 and older. Whether you have a cavity or want to reduce the appearance of a gummy smile, laser dentistry may be able to help with oral health issues and aesthetics. To schedule an appointment for laser dentistry treatment, call the Coast Periodontics and Laser Surgery office in San Luis Obispo, California, or book online today.

Laser Dentistry Q & A

What is laser dentistry?

Laser dentistry uses targeted beams of light to treat various conditions that affect the teeth and gums. Since laser dentistry doesn’t use traditional tools, it’s more comfortable and less noisy. In addition, treatment is effective and efficient, allowing for lasting outcomes and improved oral health.

What is laser dentistry used for?

Dr. Sayre-Castairs uses laser dentistry for various reasons, including:

Tooth decay

Dental lasers can detect cavities in their early stages of development. Dr. Sayre-Castairs uses lasers to remove decaying enamel and to prepare teeth for fillings.

Gum disease

If you have gingivitis or periodontitis, laser dentistry may help kill harmful bacteria and recontour your gum line.

Gummy smile

If you have excess gum tissue (a gummy smile), Dr. Sayre-Castairs may recommend laser dentistry. A dental laser provides an effective way to safely remove excess gum tissue without the risk of bleeding, pain, or an infection.

Tooth sensitivity

Laser dentistry provides a quick and convenient way to relieve tooth sensitivity. Outpatient treatment can seal the tubules in your enamel, allowing you to eat your favorite foods and drink your favorite beverages.

Crown lengthening

If you have a broken or abnormally shaped tooth that has a risk of infection, Dr. Sayre-Castairs may recommend crown lengthening. During the procedure, she uses lasers to carefully reshape your gum tissue and enamel to receive a dental crown.

What are the types of laser dentistry?

Dr. Sayre-Castairs offers several types of laser dentistry, including:

Soft tissue laser dentistry

Soft tissue laser dentistry focuses on the soft tissues in your mouth, such as your gums and tongue. These lasers kill harmful oral bacteria and encourage the growth of new and healthy tissue. Because these lasers seal your blood vessels and nerve endings, there’s rarely the need for anesthesia.

Hard tissue laser dentistry

Hard tissue lasers are powerful enough to cut through your tooth enamel. Dr. Sayre-Castairs uses hard tissue lasers to prepare teeth for fillings and perform procedures like crown lengthening.

What are the advantages of laser dentistry?

Laser dentistry offers a variety of advantages compared to traditional treatments, including:

  • Less pain and reduced need for anesthesia
  • Quieter than traditional dental tools
  • Less swelling and bleeding
  • Quicker recovery times
  • Reduced risk of infection

In addition, laser dentistry prevents damage to your surrounding tissues, so your gums and teeth remain healthy.

To explore the benefits of laser dentistry, call the Coast Periodontics and Laser Surgery office in San Luis Obispo, California, or book online today.

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