Laser Dentistry Treatments
Dental technology is being developed and perfected every day, allowing dentists to provide their patients with more efficient treatments and procedures. One of the most beneficial advances in dental technologies recently has been the development of laser dentistry. At Filson Gentle Dentistry, we use laser dentistry to aid in several procedures including the treatment of periodontal disease, gum contouring, and cold sore removal.
Laser dentistry is most useful in the treatment and prevention of gum disease. The laser is used to gently remove a thin layer of infected gum from between your teeth and the gum line. It will also help in stimulating the gum cells into re-attaching to the surface of the tooth to prevent bacteria growth from reoccurring in those gum pockets. Though it sounds painful, the laser is virtually painless and is much less invasive than scraping away infected gum with a dental instrument.
It is also beneficial in reshaping the gum line. For people who have gummy smiles, where their gum line covers a larger area of surface space on their teeth, laser dentistry can help remove a small amount of gum tissue to lower their gum line and give them a more attractive smile. It is also helpful in contouring the gums in preparation for restorative dentistry procedures such as crown and veneer attachments.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
- Less invasive – With laser dentistry, your dentist can remove gum tissue without the use of dental instruments, meaning they won’t have to scrape teeth and gums with a metal tool.
- Less painful – When treating periodontal disease, many dentists will use a scraping tool to remove the infected gum. Not only does this often remove more gum tissue than is necessary, but the sharp point on the tool can be painful if you get poked during the procedure.
- Stimulates healing – One of the major downfalls of periodontal disease is that gum tissue doesn’t regenerate once they have receded. Yet, with laser dentistry, the cells will be stimulated into reattaching to the clean surface area of your teeth.
Better Dental Care
When you need gum disease treatment or to reshape your gums, don’t settle for old procedures and techniques. With laser dentistry, we can treat your gums more efficiently than ever before. If you are in the Stillwater, MN area and would like to learn more about how you can benefit from laser dentistry, please contact Dr. Bruce Filson and his team at Filson Gentle Dentistry today!