Family Dental Care of Bellevue is proud to offer the benefits of laser dentistry to our patients in the Bellevue area. The advent of dental lasers has allowed our practice to treat a wide range of dental issues with considerably less post-treatment discomfort, zero bleeding, and much faster healing times.
Please call 425-643-5778 or contact us online to schedule your appointment.
What Is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry has been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) since 1994. Like all lasers, dental lasers emit a highly targeted, energetic beam of light. This beam can reshape mouth tissues, act as a cutting instrument, and even instantly cauterize wounds. Laser dentistry is a specialized field that is credentialed through the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Because it requires additional training and certification, not all dental practices provide this treatment option.
Why is Laser Dentistry Better?
Although laser dentistry does not fully supplant traditional dental procedures, the use of lasers plays many important roles in modern dentistry. In some cases, the laser completely replaces the drill, while in other procedures it acts as an adjunct to improve treatment outcomes. Here are a few important ways that we commonly use dental lasers.
Fighting Gum Disease
Recent research has shown that dental lasers have the ability to kill the bacteria that causes gum disease. This is a huge benefit to you, the patient, because gum disease is one form of chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation has been shown to cause a host of body issues such as heart disease, stroke, pancreatic cancer, and more.
Augmenting your dental cleaning with laser therapy, which we provide at no extra charge, is currently the best way to treat gum disease. In the past, the best dentistry could do for gum disease was to control its progression. Now, the dental laser painlessly disinfects any areas where bacteria is actively creating destruction. This allows your body to not only rebuild your gum tissue but, in some cases, to regenerate the bone as well! This is truly a revolutionary breakthrough in dental care.
Approximately 80% of people have some form of gum disease. If you are one of them, review the current literature on this topic. Once you understand what a dental laser can do for your overall gum health, give us a call to get on the road to a healthier you!
If you suffer from recurrent outbreaks of herpes, you can suffer no more. Come in at the first sign of an outbreak and, in just a few minutes and without anesthetic, we will quickly and painlessly treat the area with a laser. In most cases, when caught early, herpes outbreaks will clear up in just a day or two after treatment.
Killing Bacteria During Procedures
Lasers’ ability to kill bacteria makes them highly useful in many dental procedures. Whether you are having a cavity filled or undergoing a root canal, dental lasers help ensure that no bacteria gets trapped in the wound. They can also quickly cauterize the wound. The result is little or no bleeding, reduced pain, and minimal healing time. This also ensures the best possible outcome for your procedure.
Reshaping Mouth Tissues
Whether used alone or in combination with traditional dentistry tools, dental lasers can reshape mouth tissues in significant ways with very little pain. Examples include exposing partially erupted wisdom teeth for easier extraction, creating a more solid base for crowns and other reconstructions, and even sealing the small tubes that cause tooth sensitivity.
Treating Muscular and Soft Tissue Injuries
From the pain of TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) to the soft tissue folds that ill-fitting dentures can cause, dental lasers can target specific areas of tissue that cause pain. Removing excess tissue can make a dramatic, almost instantaneous difference in how you feel.
Dental phobia is surprisingly common, causing many people to put off or ignore much-needed dental work. Knowing that the dentist uses lasers, which are associated with vastly reduced pain and bleeding, and can even replace the drill for many procedures, takes away much of the fear. This, in turn, can convince those with anxiety to seek regular dental care, ultimately improving both oral and overall physical health.
Is Laser Dentistry Right for Me?
Each person is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution that works in every case. Laser dentistry is not appropriate for all dental procedures, especially those involving already-filled teeth or cavities on the sides of the teeth. During your initial consultation, your dentist will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs. In most cases, laser dentistry is an important part of a multi-pronged approach that also utilizes other modern and up-to-date techniques.
At Family Dental Care of Bellevue, we believe in providing all the latest options for excellent dental care. To schedule an appointment or to speak with our highly knowledgeable office staff, please give us a call today at 425-643-5778.