Laser dentistry has revolutionized dental treatment, and it is becoming more and more advanced every day. Our experienced dentists at Cornerstone Dental, Dr. John D. Beckwith and Dr. Arlene O’Brien, are committed to offering our patients state-of-the-art treatments in the most comfortable way possible, and laser dental techniques help us to achieve that. We understand that many patients are anxious about undergoing dental procedures, and we continue to strive for techniques that are effective and virtually pain-free. Advanced laser dentistry has become an effective way to replace more invasive dental techniques. Patients now have treatment options that do not require the use of some of the more traditional surgical instruments, hereby allowing gums to heal more quickly and effectively. The Picasso Soft Tissue Laser platform, utilized in our office, is designed to treat an array of dental issues without the need for a scalpel or more invasive methods of treatment. The Picasso Laser is FDA-approved to be used in a wide range of dental procedures, and all treatments are administered by experienced and skilled members of our dental team here at Cornerstone Dental.
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What is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry involves dental treatment techniques that can accomplish a number of desirable goals. Using laser energy, our dentists can help maintain the health of your teeth and gums in a less invasive way than techniques of the past. In a variety of procedures, laser dentistry is known to reduce pain, swelling, and the formation of bacteria during dental treatment. Lasers are often used in gum surgery treatments, serving as a more precise replacement for the scalpel and helping to sterilize surface tissues. With laser dentistry, procedures can be more comfortable and recovery times more rapid. These innovative techniques can reduce anxiety among patients and help those who are reticent to attain necessary dental treatment feel more confident about their next office visit.
Laser Dentistry Treatment Options
A full range of common dental procedures can now be performed with laser dentistry. Our staff here at Cornerstone Dental has been extensively trained on some of the most technologically advanced laser dentistry systems, and can provide excellent results with procedures such as:
Gum Disease Treatment and Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy
Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy (LAPT) is one of the most common uses of dental laser techniques, and has transformed the field of gum disease treatment. LAPT is often used in deep cleanings and root planing procedures to remove infected soft tissues and sterilize the gum pocket. Laser dentistry techniques can often take the place of surgical gum treatment to effectively improve the health of the gums.
Learn more about Advanced Periodontal Care.
Laser Bacterial Reduction
Over 50% of adults are affected by periodontal (gum) disease, a condition which can cause severe damage to the teeth and gums and even have detrimental implications on a person’s overall health. With the latest laser technology, bacterial infections in the pockets surrounding your teeth can be cleared out during routine dental cleanings. When you have your teeth cleaned, it is normal for bleeding around the teeth to occur; however, this bleeding can allow bacteria living inside the mouth to enter the bloodstream and, in some cases, accumulate in weak areas of the body. This bacteria has been linked to serious health problems, including stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions. Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR) with our advanced dental laser systems here at Cornerstone Dental can significantly reduce the risk of dangerous bacteria entering your bloodstream, in addition to preventing cross-contamination of bacteria between healthy and unhealthy parts of your mouth. By working to destroy the bacteria, LBR can also reduce the chances of your teeth being further damaged by gum disease. Laser Bacterial Reduction is a painless procedure that can be part of your routine dental cleaning here at our practice.
Cosmetic Gum Recontouring
Cosmetic gum recontouring, sometimes referred to as a gum lift, is designed to reshape and recontour the gum tissue in patients who have what’s often called a “gummy smile” – excess tissue surrounding the teeth, making them appear too short. With our dental laser techniques, we will renew the appearance of the gums by meticulously resculpting the gum line, helping the teeth to look longer and the gums to appear more even. The treated areas of the gums are sealed immediately with laser dentistry, which can ultimately facilitate faster healing.
Many people experience teeth and gum sensitivity when ingesting cold or sweet food. This can occur because of bacteria that has accumulated around the tooth roots, making the surface of the root painful and sensitive. Laser dentistry procedures can significantly reduce the bacteria and lessen teeth sensitivity.
Painful canker sores on the inside of the mouth can be the cause of great discomfort while eating, drinking, and even speaking. Our advanced laser technology can accelerate the healing time of canker sores and reduce pain associated with these common conditions.
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If you would like more information on our laser dentistry treatments, or if you would like to schedule an appointment at Cornerstone Dental, please contact us today.