How Lasers Are Used in Dentistry
You will be surprised to learn about all of the treatments that Dr. Stone can now preform using a dental laser. From diagnosing dental disease to preparing a tooth for root canal therapy, laser dentistry is quickly becoming a sought after procedure in Lansing.
There are a variety of uses for lasers in the field of dentistry, including:
Soft Tissue Treatments Using Dental Lasers
Crown lengthening – Laser crown lengthening is performed around teeth that are broken, or have been filled below the gum line and now require treatment with a crown. In order for Dr. Stone to clean and bond the dental material properly onto healthy tooth structure, she needs to see all of the tooth structure clearly. This will ensure that the bonding doesn’t interfere with the health of your gum and bone. Previously, this procedure would be performed by a specialist, at a separate visit, and would require six to eight weeks of healing before the crown preparation. Now, crown lengthening and crown preparation can be performed at the same visit, saving both time and money.
Frenectomies and Tongue Ties – Many people’s lips and tongues are held too tight by the frenum (that ligament that attaches your lips and your tongue to your gum and jaw bone). This commonly causes a diastema (gap) in between the teeth – generally the front upper teeth and the front lower teeth. A diastema is often the cause of speech difficulty, as is a pronounced lower frenectomy that affects the tongue.
Many babies can find it difficult to suckle if they have tied tongues. Lactation specialists, early childhood nurses and speech therapists will often recommend a frenectomy in cases where babies are having difficulty suckling.
The conventional surgical procedure that is preformed to release frenums is typically quite traumatic, painful and can take a long time to heal. Using a laser, Dr. Stone is able to precisely and painlessly remove the tissue. There is no bleeding afterwards, no sutures and hardly any discomfort. Children are able to return to school the day after their appointment and adults may return back to work the same day. Babies that have the procedure will suckle immediately after the procedure.
Smile Design/Gum Reshaping – Cosmetic dental procedures often require gum reshaping, which will correct the level of the gum before veneers or crowns are made. Your smile is made up of your lips, teeth and gum tissue. All three should all be balanced in harmony in order to obtain the perfect smile.
Gum reshaping is generally completed with scalpels and sutures (especially if bone needs to be adjusted with a drill), and will take six to eight weeks of healing time before your veneers or crowns can be made. It is a highly specialized cosmetic procedure that not just any dentist can perform. With laser gum lifts, gum and bone around teeth can be reshaped and balanced quickly and painlessly without sutures or swelling. Often the crowns or veneers can be finished at the time of your appointment or within two weeks.
Minor Surgery – Surgery to remove soft and hard tissue growths in and around the mouth can be performed quickly and easily with a dental laser.
Minor surgery performed with dental lasers will heal more quickly than conventional treatments. After a laser procedure, the treated area is left sterilized and sealed, and is advanced in the healing process compared to conventional treatments. The removed tissue is then sent for assessment.
Other soft tissue dental treatments include:
- Removal of tooth structure or lesions to eliminate disease
- Cosmetic enhancements
- Lip Repositioning
- Treatment of gum disease
- Treatment of various oral sores
- Removal of dental pulp
Hard Tissue Dental Treatment Using a Dental Laser
Dental lasers are used very effectively when removing hard tissues such as enamel and bone. Since the dental laser is very precise, the need to remove excessive tissue is eliminated.
Hard tissue dental laser treatments include:
- Removal of tooth decay
- Preparing a tooth for a dental filling
- Preparing a tooth for a root canal
- Tooth reshaping (enameloplasty)
- Contouring, cutting, and adjusting bone structures
- Curing dental material
- Enhanced tooth whitening when using professional in-office whitening systems
Contact Dr. Scott Stone
There is such a variety of uses for our dental laser so in order to determine whether or not laser dentistry is an option for you, Dr. Scott Stone welcomes you to contact his Lansing dental office to schedule an appointment to tour our office and meet with him to discuss your dental concerns and to learn whether or not laser dentistry is right for you.
We welcome new patients without a referral, and do look forward to meeting you and your family.