Laser Dentistry

Lasers are one of the most versatile tools we have in dentistry today – both “hot” lasers that cut tissue and “cold” lasers that help reduce inflammation and pain.

The Many Roles Lasers Can Play in Supporting Your Oral Health

Here at Pride Dental in Arlington, we’ve used lasers for years in many different ways, including

Gum disease therapy

Treating infection

Dental restorations

Gum reshaping

Crown lengthening

Tongue-tie release

Smile brightening

dental laser
One reason why lasers are so great for dental work is that they simultaneously sterilize the tissues as we work on them. This makes them especially suited for periodontal therapy, in which controlling infection is key. In all treatments, they lower the risk of post-op infection.

Lasers are also less damaging to the gums. There’s less blood loss and a shorter, more comfortable healing time. Often, no sutures are needed. Anesthesia is often not needed either. Laser treatment is very gentle. In fact, you scarcely feel a thing.

Lasers do their job faster than conventional tools, and their precision generally means far more predictable results – and better outcomes overall.

Because of all this, laser dentistry can be especially well-suited for children – for everything from tongue- or lip-tie release to the treatment of cavities. And the laser is far less scary to them than a drill may be. (In fact, it can seem extra cool!)

We have two powerful and versatile lasers that we use in addressing our patients’ dental needs: our DEKA CO2 laser for soft tissue procedures and our top-of-the-line Fotona Er:YAG laser that’s suited for both hard and soft tissue procedures.

Taking Laser Dentistry to the Next Stage

top-of-the-line Fotona laser

Our Fotona laser in particular has let us expand the range of treatments we can provide.

One of the most exciting is a treatment for snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea called NightLase. Using the laser, the doctor recontours the tissue around the top of your windpipe, stimulating your own body’s ability to restructure collagen in the area. The result is a wider, less restricted airway.

This minimally invasive procedure usually takes three short visits over a six-week period, and the results typically last for a year to a year and a half. Research has shown Nightlase to reduce snoring by nearly 75% – no oral appliance needed.

At the other end of the spectrum, the Fotona laser also lets us provide a higher level of cosmetic treatment, with procedures such as SmoothLase and LipLase that allow us to tighten your skin without surgery, removing wrinkles, sags, and years from your appearance. The principle is the same: The doctor skillfully uses the laser to stimulate your body’s own ability to generate new tissue, filling and smoothing out what time has done to your appearance.

Why should a dentist do this? Who better understands the structure of the mouth and face? More, it can provide the perfect complement to cosmetic dentistry, with results that harmonize beautifully with your new smile.

No anesthetic. No sutures. No fillers. It’s minimally invasive and pain-free.

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