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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Benefits of Laser Periodontal Therapy

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Laser periodontal therapy is a brand-new therapy for periodontal disease and offers promising results for many patients. If you have periodontal disease, our expert in periodontics in Los Angeles may recommend laser periodontal therapy.

Conventional gum disease treatment involves cleaning the plaque and tartar buildup responsible for the gum inflammation and smoothing the surface of the exposed root. Periodontal surgery can be used in later stages. With laser therapy, a special dental laser is used to remove tartar, plaque, and bacteria and help the gum tissue heal and regenerate. The laser can also be used to smooth the root of the tooth. Lasers reduce bleeding, speed healing, and minimize swelling and pain. They also allow for more precise and accurate targeting of diseased tissue for easier, faster recovery and healing.

After undergoing laser therapy, proper post-therapy dental care is critical. You may need to adjust your at-home dental hygiene routine and the products you use. You may also need more frequent professional cleanings to reduce the risk of dental infections. Call our expert in laser periodontal therapy in Los Angeles today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our team.