Laser Dentistry refers to any dental procedures that involve the use of a laser. We use Dental Lasers to do dental procedures that require soft tissue surgery. For example like removing soft tissue growths, biopsies, Frenectomy (removing lip tie or tongue tie), to slope gums for esthetic smiles, helping with faster treatment, along with healing of cold sores. Lasers are also used to help with treatment of Gum Disease. Many of the lasers for dentistry are similar or identical in design to other medical lasers that have been used successfully for years in the specialties of ophthalmology, neurosurgery, Ear/Nose/Throat (ENT), and dermatology.
Advantages of Laser Dentistry Include:
- Minimal or no anesthesia
- Minimal bleeding
- More controlled swelling
- Reduced postoperative infection/discomfort
- Less chance of infection
- Reduced time in dentist’s office
- Less pain
- A more sterilized environment (dental laser kills bacteria)
- For the treatment of canker sore and herpes lesions, the laser can actually decrease the pain experienced by these sores.
However keep in mind that the use of a laser may not be the appropriate for all procedures. Your dentist is the best to determine which treatment works well for you.
Laser Cold Sore Treatment
Laser can be used to treat cold sores with minimal invasion and no bleeding.