The use of laser technology in dentistry has greatly improved the patient experience in many ways, from better results to less discomfort and downtime. Dr. Thompson uses dental lasers to treat a range of dental problems at Thompson Advanced Dentistry in Greeley, CO.
What Is A Dental Laser?
A dental laser is typically a handheld device that uses light-based energy to target and to treat specific tissues in the mouth. Dental lasers can be used on hard tissue such as the tooth surface or soft tissues like the gums. The laser energy can accurately remove or “vaporize” the tissue it is used on to address decay, irregularities, infection and other concerns.
Sometimes visible as a beam of light, the dental laser may be used with a local anesthetic for comfort. Laser dentistry offers several benefits for patients including:
- More accurate treatment
- Less invasive with little to no impact to surrounding tissues
- Less bleeding, swelling and other common side effects with more traditional treatment modalities
- Shorter recovery times for most patients and stimulation of the body’s natural healing processes
What can a dental laser be used for?
Dr. Thompson often uses laser dentistry to perform a frenectomy for a tongue tie, to remove damaged or infected gum tissue and to treat tooth decay.
Is laser dentistry safe?
Laser dentistry is very safe and has been used for many years in dental practices around the country. Dr. Thompson will thoroughly evaluate your needs and the condition of your teeth and gums prior to any treatment to ensure that your experience is both safe and effective.