Laser Dentistry

Many dentists have incorporated dental lasers into their treatment procedures to reduce bleeding, treat cold sores, and reduce bacterial infections post-surgery. Laser dentistry has been a safe a common practice since 1990. Dr. James H. Lee in Moreno Valley has used laser dentistry since the opening of this office. These treatments are often used during dental procedures for less invasive methods and faster healing times. Dr. Lee uses the newest equipment for laser technology so your teeth can shine!

In recent years, laser dentistry has superseded many traditional dental practices, making treatments more precise. At Sunnymead Village Dental Group, Dr. Lee is known for his laser dentistry and less painful treatments. Dental lasers can be used to perform a wide variety of treatments, including soft tissue shaping and removal.

Benefits associated with laser dentistry:

  • Faster healing and tissue regeneration.
  • Preservation of more of the natural tooth.
  • Reduced bleeding during and after treatment.
  • Reduced need for anesthesia.
  • Reduced need for stitches and sutures.
  • Reduced risk of bacterial infections after procedures.

Some of the ways that dental lasers can be used:

  • Tooth preparation: Prior to laser dentistry, a drill would be required to prepare the tooth for a filling. Lasers can now completely eliminate the need for drilling and anesthesia. Lasers also successfully kill oral bacteria around the surgical site.
  • Reshaping soft tissue: Dental lasers can dissolve soft tissue to expose more of the natural tooth (crown lengthening), reshape soft tissue to make “gummy smiles” more attractive, and remove uncomfortable soft tissue folds caused by denture wear.
  • Frenectomy: Lasers can improve speech and the feeding habits of babies, children and adults by untying the tongue.
  • Tumor removal: When benign tumors have formed in the soft tissue areas of the mouth, a dental laser can completely remove them without causing pain.
  • Whitening: Lasers can greatly expedite the tooth whitening process by increasing the activity of the particles in the peroxide bleaching solution.
  • Biopsy: Lasers are sometimes used to perform a biopsy on suspicious areas of soft tissue. This biopsy procedure can be performed instantly and with great precision.

How are laser procedures performed?

Different types of dental lasers have been created to treat different conditions. Dr. Cho at Sunnymead Village Dental Group in Moreno Valley has been highly trained to use these lasers for all types of dental conditions. Each laser uses a different wavelength of light, which predicates its best use. The most common types of dental lasers are carbon dioxide lasers and diode lasers, which are usually employed to treat soft tissue problems. The dentist will decide which type of laser is best to use after conducting X-rays and a thorough examination.

The laser beam is extremely bright, and special glasses will be provided to protect the eyes. Before dental lasers are used, a topical anesthetic is rubbed on to the gum for even more pain reduction. The dentist will then direct the beam at the affected area and carefully dissolve the soft tissue, harden the filling or whiten the teeth while cauterizing the wound for less pain. What used to be done with a scalpel, is now replaced by the dental laser for optimal healing and restoration.

The procedure will take far less time than conventional methods, and cause far less anxiety, discomfort, and bleeding.

If you have questions or concerns about laser dentistry, please do not hesitate to contact us.