During this weird spring and summer in West Virginia, you’ve probably been reading more than usual, maybe some science fiction. Lasers always play a role in those stories.

Although he’s not some intergalactic trooper, Dr. Smith uses lasers every day, as well. He uses dental lasers to improve his treatment of gum disease, for gum contouring, and some other typical treatments. At Dental Arts of Hedgesville, laser dentistry is used in combination with traditional dental treatments to reduce patient discomfort and provide more precise results.

Cavity preparation

Dr. Smith frequently uses dental lasers to remove decayed tooth tissue and prepare cavities for filling. They even provide a great tool for cavity detection. While not always appropriate for the individual situation, dental lasers can provide these benefits over traditional drilling and use of picks:

  • Quicker treatment
  • Less tooth sensitivity
  • No annoying drilling noise
  • Preservation of more healthy tooth structure
  • Less risk to the pulp at the tooth center

Sometimes, we utilize lasers to limit the amount of drilling needed. Sometimes we can eliminate the need for anesthesia. But occasionally, we can’t use lasers: when teeth already contain filings, for cavities located between the molars, or to prepare a tooth for a crown or bridge.

Cosmetic only

Porcelain veneers are intended as a cosmetic dental procedure; they do not remedy issues in the teeth they are covering. Issues such as decay, a cracked tooth, or exposed roots need to be addressed and corrected before any veneer procedure can begin.

Lasers and gums

At Dental Arts of Hedgesville, we first put dental lasers to use for the treatment of gum problems. Lasers are very effective for addressing issues with the gums.

Periodontal disease — Dr. Smith uses lasers for root planing and scaling, the removal of bacteria and infected tissue from periodontal pockets, surgical reshaping of the gums to reduce the size and depth of periodontal pockets, and to promote reattachment of the gum to the tooth root. The laser gently disinfects and vaporizes diseased tissue from around the tooth and inside the gum pocket. 

Gum recontouring — Dr. Smith also uses lasers to fix gummy smiles, to create a more symmetrical gum line, and to prepare the gum line for a crown. These are some of the benefits to using lasers in gum treatment:

  • Less bleeding and swelling
  • Less pain
  • Quicker healing
  • Reduced infection risk
  • Ability to work on multiple areas of the mouth in a single session
  • Greater precision in tissue removal

So, read about lasers in that Robert Heinlein sci-fi page-turner, but come to Dental Arts of Hedgesville to see real lasers at work on your smile. Call us for an appointment, (304) 754-8803.

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