The idea of using laser dentistry to help treat our patient at McKinney Smiles may sound like science fiction, but this remarkable technology offers Dr. Lawrence a minimally invasive option to treat a variety of common oral health issues.
The use of lasers has become common in a many different medical fields, which harness the power of extremely focused light beams. Dr. Lawrence can utilize the power of lasers in a number of procedures that involve the inside of the mouth, whether reshaping gum tissue, whitening teeth, or removing overgrown tissue. Laser dentistry also makes an ideal choice for patients who experience dental anxiety when needing more traditional dental treatments.
What can Laser Dentistry Treat?
Laser dentistry offers Dr. Lawrence an exciting new option when treating patients for a variety of oral health issues, including:
- Treatment of cold sores and related discomfort.
- Treatment of root canal infections.
- Reshaping gum tissue.
- Exposing impacted wisdom teeth.
- Treating sleep apnea by removing throat tissue that causes snoring (NightLase®).
- Removing gum inflammation.
- Gum disease treatment.
- TMJ treatment.
- Trigeminal Neuralgia and Bell’s Palsy treatment.
- Treatment for Labial and Lingual Frenectomy (tongue tied).
- The placement of dental fillings without the need for needles and anesthesia.
What are the Benefits of Laser Dentistry?
Dr. Lawrence is proud to offer laser dentistry because with the laser the procedures go more smoothly, while also reducing discomfort and healing time for patients..
When compared to more traditional treatment methods, laser dentistry offers such advantages as:
- Reducing the need for sutures following certain surgical procedures.
- Eliminating the need for anesthesia.
- Gum infections are less likely to occur as the laser sterilizes gum tissue during the treatment.
- Increased precision means less damage to surrounding gum tissue, thereby decreasing the amount of time it takes for patients to heal.
- Minimally invasive procedures mean less bleeding for patients during surgery.
What to Expect After Treatment?
If you’ve previously undergone gum surgery, you can expect the post-treatment experience following laser dentistry to be far more comfortable. As laser dentistry causes less bleeding when compared to traditional surgical techniques, you can expect the site of your surgery to bleed far less. Depending on the type of procedure you underwent, you may not even have sutures to worry about.
While you still need to follow Dr. Lawrence’s recommendations on post-operative care, you’re far less likely to develop an infection. You will also feel significantly less discomfort then following traditional surgery because the surrounding gum tissue will be less irritated and inflamed.