One of the goals we have at OKC Smiles is to provide our patients with the top technology and most modern techniques. Laser dentistry does both.
Why Use Dental Lasers?
Dental lasers offer a number of amazing benefits in comparison to some of the more traditional dental tools and techniques.
Accuracy| Using dental lasers to perform dental procedures allows us to be more precise than ever before. They can be made to have very specific, narrow beams, and are easy to handle. Some treatments can even be computer-guided.
Faster Healing| Not only are we able to pinpoint exactly where to put the dental laser, but we can do so without affecting surrounding tissues nearly as much as older methods. No collateral damage means faster and easier healing, making laser dentistry an excellent option for your care!
Diversity| There are several types of dental lasers that can perform a wide variety of treatments. Hard-tissue lasers and soft-tissue lasers can both be used for many of the procedures that we have traditionally used drills or steel tools for.
Safety| The beams of dental lasers are made of concentrated light. The light never has to be sterilized and carries absolutely no risk of medical contamination or other safety concerns.
Laser Dentistry Options
OKC Smiles offers a number of procedures that use dental lasers.
Frenectomy| Our mouths have two frena — bands of connective tissue — that can cause serious eating or speaking disorders if they connect too tightly. The lingual frenum is the tissue that connects the bottom of the tongue to the base of the mouth. If this restricts the movement of the tongue too much, this can make eating and speaking clearly unnecessarily difficult, especially in babies. The labial frenum connects the upper lip to the gum tissue above the teeth. When it is too developed, it can cause very serious hygiene and orthodontic issues. In both cases, a frenectomy can shorten this tissue cleanly, freeing up the tongue or lip to function more effectively. A frenectomy performed with laser dentistry offers you a procedure that is more comfortable and typically comes with shorter recovery time.
Crown Lengthening and Gum Contouring| Soft-tissue lasers are ideal for use in gum treatments. Crown lengthening and gum contouring are both procedures that involve shaping the gum tissue around the edges of the teeth. There are a number of reasons that these treatments might be necessary. Many involve cleaning out infection or exposing difficult-to-reach cavities. Using soft-tissue lasers for this allows great accuracy, and laser dentistry can complete the treatments without damaging uninvolved tissue.
Periodontal Disease Therapy| The way to treat any gum disease, but especially very advanced gum disease such as periodontitis, is to remove the source of the gum inflammation. A thorough cleaning is necessary to remove all bacteria and give the mouth a chance to heal. Sometimes, in these advanced cases, the plaque bacteria has crept underneath the gumline where traditional tools can’t easily reach. A fine laser can reach much further than steel, and it can do so with incredible accuracy, without damaging the tooth at all.
Cold Sore Prevention| Dental lasers are exceptionally effective against cold sores. Preventative laser dentistry can deal with the viruses that cause cold sores before the sore breaks and spreads the infection to other parts of the mouth.
Laser Dentistry at OKC Smiles
We’re excited about all of our dental technology and how it plays a role in your care. Talk to us about our many laser dentistry procedures today.