How are Lasers Used in Dentistry?

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Lasers use narrow, concentrated beams of light energy, which can be used to shape, remove or vaporize tissue. Since 1990, they have been used in a variety of dental treatments. When used in place of traditional dental drills, lasers can reduce pain, anxiety and the need for anesthesia. They can also quickly cauterize tissues, which helps reduce bleeding and swelling.

You might be a candidate for laser dentistry if you have:

1. Tooth decay
The decayed tissue can be removed using a laser, and the enamel can be prepared for the filling placement.

2. Periodontal disease
Lasers can be used to destroy the bacteria that cause gum disease and reshape the gum tissue around the teeth.

3. Oral sores
Lasers can be used to reduce the pain of canker sores and cold sores and speed healing.

4. Dental fillings
The composite resin of dental fillings or bonding can be cured using dental lasers.

5. Teeth whitening
A dental laser can activate teeth whitening ingredients and speed teeth whitening procedures.

While dental lasers are a versatile and effective tool in modern dentistry, they are not necessarily appropriate for every procedure. We can help you decide if they are right for you.

Call our office today to schedule your next appointment with our dentist in Northridge.

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How to Prepare Your Child for Their Dental Visit

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Parents with young children need to take special care of their child’s oral health. From a very young age, it is good to teach them proper oral hygiene so they can maintain healthy teeth and gums as they grow. This will help them avoid issues down the road associated with tooth loss and tooth decay. It’s important to schedule their first dentist appointment when they have all their baby teeth.

 

When your child reaches toddlerhood, it’s a good time for a dental office visit. According to dental professionals, baby teeth are important because they hold space for permanent teeth. When proper hygiene is not followed, babies run the risk of tooth decay, as they get older. Twice-yearly checkups and proper oral care at home are essential to keeping their teeth and gums strong. The first dental appointment for your toddler can be a scary one. However, there are steps parents can take to ensure everything goes smoothly.

 

Even for the most even-keeled toddler, strange noises and instruments can be scary to them. With careful preparation (and distractions such as prizes), your child’s first trip to the dentist can actually be a fun one. When you arrive, make sure to be in the examining room with them. If a child gets upset or nervous, our dentist will stop working until they calm down. Our dental tools are always wrapped in plastic, and the staff wear protective gloves and masks. Parents should also wear protective gear to ensure proper sanitation.

 

Parents should provide their child’s dentist with any medical conditions they have or medications they take. The dentist may also need the phone number to your child’s pediatrician. This way, the dentist can have access to relevant information they need for your child’s first visit. If your child has a sucking habit with their thumb or pacifier, or even bottle, let the dentist know. This habit can affect your child’s teeth and their jaw.

 

Lastly, talk to your child about what’s going to happen. It is important that they are not surprised by their first trip to the dentist. Discussing why it’s important to visit the dentist will give them some relief if they are nervous about going. Parents should help their children practice brushing their teeth so they get used to having a toothbrush in their mouth.