Dental lasers are an exciting aspect of our practice here at Crested Butte Family Dental! Lasers have been used in dentistry since the early 90’s, and the technology has been continuously improved and expanded. They can make many treatment procedures more comfortable and efficient. Here are just some of the treatment procedures we use the laser for:
Treating Gum Disease
Treating periodontal (gum) disease is probably one of the highlights of laser dentistry. It’s able to remove infected gum tissue with more accuracy and precision than treatments previous treatment methods! The laser delivers concentrated heat and light that helps to sterilize and then seal off the treated area, which makes the procedure more comfortable for the patient and accelerates the healing process.
If you’ve been told your teeth appear short or stubby, you may not have known that your smile is just waiting to be revealed. The dental laser can comfortably remove the excess gum tissue that covers your teeth to expose the smile you never knew you had! Check out next week’s blog for more detailed information on excess gum removal.
The laser can also perform frenectomies, or the removal of the frenum, which is the muscle attachment under your top lip, or under your tongue. Sometimes this muscle is too big, or it may be preventing your tongue from working properly, or the front teeth from coming together. Frenectomies are commonly performed on babies who are “tongue tied” and unable to nurse, but are available for older patients as well!
The laser can even be used to remove a cavity from your tooth! Using the laser is more precise and conservative, which helps to preserves more of your tooth structure. It also creates a stronger bond with between your tooth and the composite, which means less trauma to your tooth and more longevity for your filling.
Treating Cold Sores
For those who suffer from painful cold or canker sores, the laser can reduce your healing time. When you feel that sore developing, contact us right away. The quicker we can treat your lesion, the faster your healing time will be.
Did you know that the dental laser can also be used for whitening treatments? It actually reduces sensitivity and accelerates the whitening process. Even better, it only takes a few minutes of exposure to your tooth to produce amazing results, so it’s fast and effective!
We’re proud to offer laser dentistry and other state-of-the-art equipment to our patients at Crested Butte Family Dental! We know that using advanced technology improves your experience and makes your procedure more comfortable, efficient, and effective. Give us a call today to schedule your next dental appointment, or to chat about our laser technology!