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Laser Dentistry


A hand holding laser used for Laser Dentistry at Nicholas W. Feldman, DDS, MBA We live in a time in which technological developments and improvements are constantly being made. In dentistry, technological advancements have gone a long way in improving the quality of care you receive. These developments have also greatly improved patient experiences. One of the developments that have revolutionized dental care is the dental laser. While lasers have been around for a while, they are still fairly new to dentistry. Even so, they have proven to be quite effective in some different situations. At Nicholas W. Feldman, DDS, MBA, we offer laser dentistry to optimize your dental care as well as your oral health.

What is Laser Dentistry?


Laser dentistry is a treatment that involves the use of a specialized laser to perform different types of dental procedures. The laser uses a concentrated beam of light that is approximately the thickness of a human hair. The wavelength of the laser is adjustable, and it can be changed to meet some different treatment needs. With the help of a laser, we can easily remove or reshape both soft and hard tissues as well as stimulate the growth of new tissue.

Uses for the Laser in Dentistry


Laser dentistry can be used for some different procedures, including:
•  Treatment of gum disease. A common treatment for gum disease is scaling and root planing. This treatment is a deep cleaning of your teeth. The laser can be used to remove infected gum tissue, enabling a more effective cleaning. It can also help to disinfect periodontal pockets and stimulate the growth of new tissue.
•  Treating cavities. The laser can remove decay from a cavity, as well as shape the cavity for a filling while helping to preserve more of your natural tooth structure.
•  Root canal treatment. The laser can disinfect the inside of a tooth following the removal of the pulp.
•  Performing a soft tissue biopsy. A laser can be used to remove abnormalities in your soft tissue so that it can be more closely examined under a microscope.
•  Oral surgery. Lasers are replacing traditional scalpels in oral surgical procedures.
•  Tooth whitening. Lasers can also be used in tooth whitening, helping to enhance the results of the bleaching agent.

The Benefits of Laser Dentistry


There are several benefits associated with laser dentistry, including:
•  The laser provides pinpoint accuracy. We can target specific tissue, leaving more healthy tissue intact. The accuracy of the laser also helps to minimize pain and swelling.
•  Bleeding during treatment is minimal.
•  Less anesthesia is required during treatment.
•  Your downtime after treatment is reduced.
•  Reducing dental fears and anxieties. Because the laser is much less invasive than traditional techniques, and less pain and bleeding is associated with it, those with dental fears or anxiety can more easily receive treatment.

Is Laser Dentistry Safe?


Laser dentistry is just as safe as using traditional tools for the same dental treatments. However, just like other tools, there are some risks associated with the use of a laser. Using the wrong wavelength can cause permanent damage. The bright light of the laser can also cause harm to your eyes. Prior to undergoing treatment, you are provided with special eyewear for protection. We are experts in the use of lasers for a number of different treatments and take every necessary precaution to reduce any risks that might occur.

The addition of the laser in dentistry has completely revolutionized the ways in which we are able to provide treatment for a number of different oral health issues. For more information, and to find out if laser dentistry is right for you, call Nicholas W. Feldman, DDS, MBA at (907) 802-4519 today.
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