Laser Dentistry in Bellmore, NY
While dental lasers have been around since the 90’s, they have certainly come a long way since then. Who knew that laser dentistry would become such an easy way for us to perform many of our traditional dental procedures safely, less invasively and often with fewer side effects? Lasers have offered the dental world a load of benefits that you’ll be able to enjoy the next time you visit our Bellmore office. Here at Now Dental, we use BIOLASE laser technology to offer our patients gentle, minimally invasive care and a more comfortable healing process.
How Are Dental Lasers Used?
This is a great question! Perhaps you’ve already had a dental procedure done using lasers and you didn’t even realize it. Lasers can be used for a host of different dental treatments including:
- Performing biopsies
- Whitening teeth
- Hardening dental resin (for dental bonding, fillings and veneers)
- Treating root canal infections
- Reshaping and contouring gums and bone tissue
- Treating gum disease
- Removing excessive gum tissue
- Exposing partially erupted teeth
- Reducing canker and cold sore pain
Advantages of Laser Dentistry
You’ll enjoy a multitude of advantages when we use laser dentistry over traditional methods. In fact, sometimes the laser is able to completely eliminate the need for a drill or even anesthesia. For many of our patients, not having to use needles prior to treatment is a major plus.
Lasers are also very precise instruments, more so than regular manual instruments. This means it can target and treat problem areas more accurately and efficiently. And just in case this wasn’t enough, laser dentistry can also reduce your recovery time. That’s right! Since laser dentistry is more precise it can reduce the chances of post-procedural bleeding and discomfort and improve your healing time.
Dental lasers are also completely safe when used by one of our trained medical staff. Before you receive laser dentistry we will provide you with protective eyewear to wear during your treatment (just as you would wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun while outside).
Laser Gum Surgery
Gum disease is an infection of the bone and/or supporting tissues that hold a patient’s teeth in place. The condition tends to affect adults in their 30s and 40s the most. Treatment for periodontal (gum) disease is typically done through a non-surgical option known as scaling and root planning. This process removes plaque, bacteria, and tartar from the gums. With laser gum surgery, the dental professional uses a laser to access and remove inflamed gum tissues from around the teeth. When this infected tissue is removed, root scaling can begin.
After tissue removal is completed, the teeth are smoothed in order to remove any rough spots that might attract bacteria and cause future infections. The area between both the gum and the root can regenerate successfully during the healing process. Lasers have been known to target diseased areas precisely. Also, your recovery and healing time is typically shorter.