Do you want a whiter smile? Do you require cavity treatment?
Laser dentistry is a versatile general dental solution that uses high-quality dental lasers to perform non-invasive and painless dental treatments. A dental laser is a handheld device that uses light-based energy to target and treat specific areas of the mouth. Dr. Sahil Goyal uses laser dentistry at the Frederick Center for Dentistry in Frederick, Maryland. If you are interested in this modern treatment option, call 301-264-5680, or request a dental exam online.
The Benefits of Dental Lasers
Dental lasers take the place of other dental tools, like scalpels, in various dental procedures. They eliminate the need to make incisions in the soft tissue, making treatment more comfortable and leading to less downtime after. Without an incision, there’s less bleeding and you don’t need stitches or sutures to close the wound. It heals naturally, spurned on by the cauterization process that occurs with the heat and light energy of the laser.
With laser dentistry, most people don’t feel the need for sedation or even local anesthetics. Treatment with the laser is virtually painless. It’s incredibly precise and you don’t have to worry about treatment impacting anywhere other than the exact treatment area. It only targets diseased tissue and doesn’t impact any healthy structure around the treatment area. Lasers are less invasive and you experience less swelling and soreness when the procedure is over.
We especially recommend laser dentistry to patients that suffer from a fear of the dentist. Many people are triggered by the sound of a dental drill or the view of a scalpel during treatment. Lasers are virtually silent and just look like a wand when you’re about to get treatment from them. They can help put patients at ease because they’re getting comfortable, careful dental care.
Types of Laser Dentistry Solutions
Hard-Tissue Lasers: A hard tissue laser allows us to remove tooth structure while preserving healthy tooth enamel. This minimally invasive treatment ensures that natural teeth can be preserved.
Laser Gum Contouring: If you have a “gummy smile,” laser gum contouring can remove excess gum tissue for a more balanced smile. In addition, patients with periodontitis, or gum disease, benefit from laser gum contouring that removes infected tissue.
Laser Cavity Removal: Lasers offer pain-free cavity removal without the use of drills. During this procedure, Dr. Goyal uses a laser to heat the water molecules on the affected tooth. This is used to remove decay. Then, the cavity is cleaned, disinfected, and filled to seal out infection.
Teeth Whitening: Laser tooth whitening is often safer than other whitening methods because there is less wear on the enamel. Dr. Goyal will apply a peroxide paste and then heat it using a laser. The laser breaks down layers of stains on the tooth enamel quickly and effectively.
Laser Dentistry FAQs
What are the benefits of laser dentistry?
Laser dentistry is a minimally invasive treatment option that reduces the need for anesthesia. Lasers also reduce bleeding and swelling and even shorten downtimes after treatment. Patients experience an overall more comfortable treatment during and after their procedures. Laser dentistry can eliminate the need for drills and sutures, reducing overall anxiety and making visiting the dentist a more pleasant experience.
Does dental insurance cover laser dentistry?
Coverage depends on how comprehensive your dental insurance plan is. Some providers cover common laser procedures due to their restorative nature, but others only cover part or none of the procedures. To find out if you are covered, contact your dental insurance provider.
Are dental lasers painful?
No, dental lasers use light technology, so there is no physical part of the device touching your sensitive tissue. One of the benefits of lasers is that they offer painless dental treatment to patients.
Can lasers remove cavities?
Both children and adults can receive safe and efficient cavity treatment using lasers. Laser dentistry can also be utilized for soft tissue procedures, such as exposing wisdom teeth or treating swelling gums brought on by braces or other orthodontics.
What happens after laser gum cleaning?
In the days following laser gum therapy, it’s normal to experience mild bleeding, a little swelling, and minor pain. This is a sign that the body is improving blood flow to the treated area and is healing normally.
How do I prepare for laser gum surgery?
When performing laser gum surgery, general anesthesia is not required. Lasers are generally pain-free, so no anesthesia is needed. We recommend dressing comfortably and staying hydrated before your procedure.
Get Laser Dentistry in Frederick, Maryland
Our dentist office can use lasers for a variety of different dental treatments. Schedule a consultation at our office to determine if laser dentistry is the right choice for your needs. Call us or schedule an appointment online to get started.