Conditions Treated Using Laser Dentistry
Written by Torrey Hills Dental
At Torrey Hills Dental in Carmel Valley, we use the latest technology to provide our patients with the highest quality dental care. One of the technologies available today is soft tissue laser dentistry, which allows us to treat a variety of conditions with precision and minimal discomfort.
What is Laser Dentistry? How Does it Work?
Laser dentistry is a type of dental treatment that uses a high-powered beam of light, also known as a laser, to remove or reshape tissues. This technology allows us to perform a wide range of procedures with precision and minimal discomfort. The laser energy is able to adjust tissues by vaporizing the water molecules present in the cells, providing immediate results with little discomfort. The heat generated by the laser also helps to seal blood vessels and nerves, reducing the bleeding and swelling that’s common in more traditional types of oral surgery.
When lasers are used, tissues are less likely to bleed or feel sore or swollen after the procedure. What might take days to recover from now requires little to no downtime at all!
Gum Disease Treatment With a Laser
Gum disease is a common condition that can cause inflammation, bleeding, and receding gums around the roots of your teeth. Traditional treatment for gum disease involves scaling and root planing. With laser dentistry, we can remove infection-causing bacteria and necrotic tissues from below the gumline with minimal discomfort. This added level of periodontal therapy improves your results after deep cleaning procedures, ensuring a better outcome for your smile. The laser energy also helps to seal blood vessels and nerves, reducing bleeding and sensitivity around your teeth. After treatment, patients typically experience a significant improvement in the health of their gums compared to periodontal therapies performed without a soft tissue laser.
Cosmetic Gum Contouring With a Laser
Laser dentistry can also be used for cosmetic gum contouring, which is a procedure that reshapes the gums to improve the appearance of your smile. This procedure is commonly used to correct a “gummy” smile, where too much gum tissue is visible, or the teeth appear shorter than usual. The laser energy is used to remove excess gum tissue, reshaping the margins and adjusting the “frame” around those teeth. As the laser is precisely directed around each tooth, it reveals more of the tooth surface and creates a more symmetrical and attractive smile.
Tooth Sensitivity Treatment Using Laser Therapy
Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that can be caused by a variety of factors, such as tooth decay, gum recession, periodontal disease, or tooth whitening products. With laser dentistry, we can treat tooth sensitivity by sealing the exposed nerves in the tooth so that it doesn’t perceive temperature changes as well as it did before the treatment. The laser energy helps create a barrier that prevents hot, cold, or sweet stimuli from irritating the nerves in those spaces. This procedure is quick, painless, and can provide relief from tooth sensitivity for up to several months.
Laser Cold Sore Treatment
Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are a common problem that can be caused by the herpes simplex virus (a viral strain similar to the one responsible for chicken pox and shingles.) These sores can be painful and unsightly, and traditional treatment options include topical creams and oral medications. Most cold sores take well over a week to heal.
With laser dentistry, we can treat cold sores by using light energy to destroy the virus that causes them. This procedure is quick, painless, and can cut the lifespan of your fever blister in half as long as it’s caught early. If you’re starting to feel the tingling or pinprick sensation of a cold sore developing, call our Carmel Valley dentist right away!
Laser Dentistry in San Diego
At Torrey Hills Dental, we proudly offer laser dentistry in San Diego. Our team of experienced dentists and hygienists is trained to use this technology to provide our patients with the highest quality dental care and a wider range of services than you’ll find in most dental practices. If you’d like to learn more about laser dentistry in Carmel Valley, please contact our office. We can help you get the care you need.