What is Laser Dentistry?
Smileboston Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry proudly uses a WaterLase dental laser. This versatile tool allows dentists to cut teeth, bone and gum tissue with less trauma and to complete procedures that cannot be done with traditional dental tools. Laser dentistry is one of the most advanced dental treatments available today and Smileboston’s founder, Dr. Steven D. Spitz, was the first dentist in the United States to utilize a dental laser to assist in the placement of dental implants.
So what makes laser dentistry such an appealing choice? For one, the myriad procedures that are done using a dental laser are virtually painless! That’s right, painless.
Heat, vibration and pressure are the primary causes of pain associated with the use of the traditional dental drill. Since cutting both hard and soft tissues (teeth and gums) with the laser does not generate heat, vibration or pressure, many dental procedures are performed with fewer shots. There is a decreased need for anesthesia, less use of a dental drill, and fewer numb lips! Additionally, when a laser is used for gum procedures, bleeding, swelling and post-operative pain are reduced, as is the need for pain medication. Taken together, we have found that the utilization of dental lasers ultimately reduces patient anxiety and provides a more comfortable and relaxing dental experience.
What Dental Procedures Utilize Lasers?
Smileboston uses laser dentistry in many applications including placing and replacing basic fillings, in cosmetic procedures such as defining gums, in endodontic (root canal) therapies, frenectomy, the treatment of cold sores, and in the placement dental implants. While lasers can also be used in gum grafting procedures, the advent the Pinhole Surgical Technique, offers a faster and more comfortable treatment to address gum recession.
Overall, the WaterLase dental laser reduces and in some cases even replaces the need for a dental drill. Laser dentistry offers patients multiple benefits including the ability to forgo anesthetic – the use of needles – and results in minimal inflammation and discomfort, and an accelerated healing process. This means that you’ll see the final results you’re looking for even faster!