Posts for tag: Laser Dentistry

By Today's Dental
June 08, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Laser Dentistry  

Laser Dentistry

Could laser dentistry finally get your oral health back on track?

It’s amazing how far dental technology and procedures have come over the decades. Now your Houston, TX dentist makes it easier and easier for you to have the smile you want with simpler and less invasive procedures. One of the services we offer is laser dentistry, which can be used for a variety of different procedures. Laser dentistry boasts a multitude of benefits that you can enjoy when you come into our office for treatment.

What is Waterlase?

Years of dental research, and we’ve finally found a way to remove decay, disinfect with a root canal, and perform surgical gum or bone procedures without the need for painful drills. Waterlase is a handheld tool that uses water and air pressure to cut through both hard and soft tissues in the mouth.

What are the benefits of laser dentistry in Houston, TX?

One of the major benefits of Waterlase is that it doesn’t use heat or vibration to remove oral tissue, which is often what causes pain and discomfort during a root canal or filling a cavity. Waterlase can be performed painlessly with less anesthesia and no need for a drill.

Furthermore, since laser dentistry offers better precision than a drill this reduces side effects such as bleeding, pain and swelling after treatment. This also means that there is less of a chance that you’ll need to take pain medication to manage your post-treatment symptoms.

Traditional drills can cause micro fractures to the teeth, which can lead to problems in the future. However, when your Houston, TX dentist uses Waterlase you don’t have to worry that healthy enamel will be damaged as a result. No friction or pressure generated by Waterlase means that the rest of your tooth remains healthy.

Dealing with a cavity or need a root canal and curious to know whether laser dentistry could help? Then schedule an appointment with your Houston, TX dentist at Today’s Dental!

TheLaserRevolutionisChangingtheDentalHealthcare

Lasers have transformed our everyday lives, especially in healthcare. These intense beams of light of a single wavelength have revolutionized all manner of diagnostics and treatments, from general surgery to cosmetic therapy.

Dentistry has also been influenced by the laser revolution. Here are just a few of the areas where they’re growing in use and popularity.

Early disease detection. Laser instruments can take advantage of “fluorescence,” the tendency of bacteria to “glow” when exposed to certain wavelengths of light. This is proving more effective in detecting early tooth decay in pits and fissures (very tiny areas in a tooth’s biting surface) than traditional needle-like probing instruments called dental explorers. Newer lasers can now detect the same fluorescent qualities in soft tissues, which may reduce the detection time for oral cancer and make the difference between life and death.

Dental caries treatment. Lasers have become an alternative to the dental drill in treating teeth with dental caries (decay). Although with larger cavities lasers are somewhat slower than the conventional drill, they truly shine when it comes to early enamel caries and small cavities because they can be quite precise in the amount of tooth structure they remove. This feature allows them to be less invasive than a dental drill.

Periodontal treatment. Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection caused mainly by bacterial plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) that have adhered to tooth surfaces. Lasers are emerging as an alternative to conventional periodontal (gum) surgery to treat voids or spaces below the gum line called periodontal pockets that have formed because of gum tissue detachment as supporting bone is lost. With their ability to target and destroy infected tissue without damaging nearby healthy tissue, lasers can achieve similar outcomes as traditional techniques but with less tissue damage and discomfort to patients afterward.

Research and development into laser technology continues to perfect these and other applications that promise to make dental procedures less invasive and more comfortable for patients.

If you would like more information on the use of lasers in dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

WaterLaseThe World Health Organization found that about 60-90 percent of school-age children and almost 100 percent of adults have cavities. The only way to effectively treat a cavity is to remove the decaying parts of the tooth and fill it with a tooth-colored resin to protect the tooth from further damage or infection. However, if the sound of the dental drill instantly causes anxiety, you may find yourself cancelling your appointment out of fear. Now there is a way to fill your cavities without ever having to experience that drill ever again. With laser dentistry in Houston, we can now offer our patients WaterLase.
 

What is WaterLase?

WaterLase uses water, air and even a specialized laser to safely and effectively cut through your tooth’s enamel. It can be used in several dental procedures but is most often used to treat cavities.
 

What are the advantages of using WaterLase?

Besides removing the drill from the equation, WaterLase promises almost no discomfort during your procedure. The laser alone allows your dentist to properly treat the cavity with minimal and sometimes no anesthesia. Plus, the WaterLase is constantly spraying water to prevent the tooth from heating up, meaning that your procedure should be virtually painless.
 
Another major advantage of the WaterLase is that is more precise than the drill. The dental drill can only remove large parts of the tooth, which can cause the patient pain; however, the laser technology of the WaterLase is so precise that it can remove the smallest parts of the damaged tooth without causing further damage or discomfort to the patient.
 

Call Today's Dental in Houston, TX!

So the next time you have a cavity, don’t fear your upcoming procedure. Ask us about using WaterLase for your next filling and enjoy an easy, stress-free and painless dental experience. Also be sure to mention if you have dental anxiety so we can do our best to put your mind at ease through the entire procedure. Call us today if you suspect you have a cavity, or if you need to schedule your next dental appointment. Forget about your drill anxiety. With WaterLase, drills are now a thing of the past!
 
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