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.
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.
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!)
Taking Laser Dentistry to the Next Stage
We recently invested in a top-of-the-line Fotona laser that is letting us expand the laser dentistry options we can provide to our patients.
One of the most exciting is a treatment for snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea called Nightlase. Using the laser, Dr. Attar or Dr. Sprinkle 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: Dr. Attar or Dr. Sprinkle 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.
Ready to find out if laser dentistry is right for you? Contact us today to get started.
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