If you are afraid of needles, aka shots, you’re going to love what we have to tell you about dental lasers, small instruments that use a gentle beam of light energy to seal and anesthetizes nerve endings instead of shots. When laser technology is combined with a topical anesthetic to replace dental instruments (like shots and drills), it allows our dentist, Dr. James Powell, to better control your treatment experience. Using lasers help to lower your anxiety levels, help you feel more relaxed in the chair and give you a more spa-like experience.
Using dental lasers allows us to treat different areas in the mouth in a single visit, and the wait time for numbing to take hold or wear off is reduced. These technological marvels promote healing as they are tissue-specific and can be used to treat hard tissues like dental filling preparation and cavity prevention to treat problems in the teeth or bone and soft tissue procedures like gum reshaping and stimulating the soft palate.
Because lasers are bactericidal, they seal the lymphatic structures, nerve endings and blood vessels for faster healing, minimize swelling and bleeding, and reduce the chances of infection. This also protects your general health and boosts your immune system as fewer bacteria are around to travel through your bloodstream to attack vital organs.
Laser Dentistry Gently Addresses These Problems
- Small cavity repair: remove decayed tissue, prepare the tooth for the filling material, seal nerve endings and anesthetize tissue.
- Gum treatments: reshape gums to give you a more attractive and natural-looking smile.
- Root canal therapy: remove harmful bacteria from root canals to keep them clean and sterile.
- Biopsy: remove a tiny bit of tissue from your mouth to analyze it for oral cancer.
- Lesion removal: remove oral lesions, mucocele and relieve canker sore pain.
- Teeth Whitening: activate a tooth whitening gel to whiten teeth and control sensitivity by treating each tooth individually.
Gum Disease Treatment – lasers gently work under the gums gums to kill harmful bacteria in the pockets of your gums. By cleaning and sterilizing the deep pockets, the laser stimulates healthy gum tissue to reattach to the tooth and even stimulates bone growth to lessen the pocket depth, all with minimal pain and faster healing.
Mucocele Removal – lasers safely remove these small oral cysts that arise from salivary gland blockages, biting your lips or cheeks, or tissue irritation from nearby oral piercings or teeth.
Soft-Palate Stimulation – lasers stimulate and tighten the tissues of the soft palate to reduce snoring vibrations when the oral mucosa tissues collapse or simply worsen with age. The laser stimulates the collagen fiber production and the good news is, this treatment can keep you from having to turn to CPAP masks, snore pillows or snore guards.
The Sound of Silence
When Dr. Powell treats with a laser instead of a drill, you’ll only hear gentle popping sounds rather than the loud vibrating noises that drills emit. Drills also leave you with micro-fractures in the teeth, something you won’t see with the gentle action of lasers. Any dental treatment you receive that is drill-less is like having a stress-free spa experience!
At Exceptional Dentistry, our team is pleased to offer laser treatments that treat cavities, bone, and gum disease by focusing and treating only the affected areas and leaving the healthy areas untouched. If you are looking for an exceptional dentist in the Palmdale, California, area, we welcome you to call (661) 349-7725 to learn more or schedule a dental visit online. We look forward to giving you the exceptional dental care you deserve!