Laser dentistry uses targeted light to perform nearly painless work in your mouth. Lasers are used instead of drills. Without drills, you get a comfortable, precise solution for dental issues.

Lasers can reduce or get rid of:

  • Tooth decay
  • Oral lesions
  • Gum disease
  • Tissue damage
  • Tooth sensitivity

Laser dentistry is also widely used in teeth whitening, dental fillings, and detecting cavities. Lasers are also essential components in cosmetic and periodontal dentistry.

Why Choose Laser Dentistry?

dentist with patient in chair

  • More Comfortable — When compared to more “normal” treatments by dentists, laser dentistry offers much less pain for patients. Not only are the drill sounds gone, but the pain from drilling and the need for anesthetic are reduced significantly. Patients can now enjoy a much less painful dental experience.
  • Added Precision — Lasers are precise and focused when compared to more “antiquated” dental tools. Because of this, lasers can make work much easier for dentists and patients alike.
  • Safer, Quicker, Better — Because the need for metal tools is eliminated, laser dentistry is a much safer process. Laser dentistry prevents foreign bacteria from getting into the wound. Because of the laser’s fine precision, other tissue will be unharmed, making for faster recovery times. Likewise, some treatments such as laser teeth whitening are faster than a traditional treatment.
  • Vast Range of Uses — Besides teeth whitening, laser dentistry has a variety of uses. This includes repairing gum damage, cavity treatment, fillings and more.

What is the process?

  1. The area is cleaned with water and a small amount of picking by dental tools.
  2. Once any decay is removed, a mouthguard props open the mouth for the dentist to work.
  3. The dentist introduces the laser, which begins working.
  4. If you are using a laser for whitening, a dentist may use gel to improve the whitening.

Are Lasers Safe?

They are. Laser dentistry can be safer than some at-home dental methods. For instance, laser dentistry is considered safer than at-home teeth bleaching. Use of lasers has been sanctioned by the Food and Drug Administration on gum and teeth procedures.

What do I do after a laser treatment?

Do not eat two hours after a dental laser treatment. After two hours, you may ingest food and liquids. Stay away from any foods that may stain, such as teas, sodas, ketchup, and more. This can undo any work that whitening may have done.

After 24 hours, you can resume normal eating patterns. Be conscious of any and all foods that can stain your mouth.

Want to Know More?

Dr. D’Alfonso and the Lakeway Cosmetic Dentistry team can help. We can schedule a free dental consultation to walk you through the steps of laser dentistry.