Not a fan of dental drills? Do needles make you feel squeamish? Laser dentistry is a modern way to treat dental problems that eliminates the need for drills or needles. Procedures with laser dentistry are painless and more comfortable than traditional procedures. They also offer faster healing times, minimized bleeding, more accurate treatment, and fewer side effects for patients.
Because laser dentistry offers painless and quiet treatment, patients who suffer from dental fear or anxiety enjoy laser dental treatment. Lasers enable patients to receive the dental care they need more comfortably and faster than before. Dr. Raymond Ribitch provides laser dentistry as a general dental treatment in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Learn more about the benefits of laser dentistry as well as the types of laser dentistry below:
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
One of the greatest benefits of laser dentistry is that it reduces the amount of pain a patient will be in during and after their procedure. Patients who experience dental fear or anxiety benefit the most from laser dentistry because it is virtually painless and requires no drills.
In addition, the laser actually promotes healing and stimulates the body’s natural ability to regenerate healthy tissues. There is no downtime, need for sutures, and no need for anesthetic with laser dentistry. Because lasers provide precise treatment there is also minimal bleeding.
Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry
Soft tissue refers to gum tissues or other soft tissues in the mouth. Gum recontouring, also known as crown lengthening is a popular procedure that treats a “gummy” smile when there is an excess of gum over the top teeth. Frenectomies, or tongue-ties that can impede speech, can also be treated with this type of laser. Soft tissue lasers may also be used in the treatment of gum disease, gum inflammation, cold sores, and benign tumors. We are able to cut the gum tissue precisely in order to reshape it or remove tumors or infections.
Hard Tissue Laser Dentistry
Hard tissue refers to the actual tooth structure in the mouth, including the tooth enamel and bone. Using hard tissue lasers we can address cavities and tooth decay. A hard tissue laser can also treat tooth sensitivity and may be used in other restorative procedures. Dental lasers that treat hard tissue often use heat and water.
We cut the hard tissue with a laser and then use water to cool off the tissue. Like soft tissue lasers, hard tissue lasers are a great option for patients who may have dental anxiety. Because laser dentistry is painless and does not use drills or needles, patients are comfortable during the procedure.
Laser Dentistry FAQs
Does laser dentistry hurt?
Most patients describe laser dentistry as being pain-free. Because it doesn’t involve any actual cutting, there’s a lot less risk for pain. We also can provide a topical anesthetic before the treatment is performed.
Do the gums grow back after laser gum recontouring?
No, laser gum contouring is considered a permanent procedure. The excess gum tissue that was removed won’t grow back.
What procedures can be done with laser dentistry?
A dental laser can be used for a wide variety of procedures. For soft tissues, lasers can be used for gum recontouring, tongue-tie, or periodontal disease treatment. For hard tissues, lasers can take care of root canals and dental cavities, as well as teeth whitening and other offerings.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are interested in laser dentistry in Mount Pleasant, MI, call Dr. Raymond Ribitch today at 989.200.3896. You may also request a consultation with Dr. Ribitch online. If you have any remaining questions about the ins and outs of laser dentistry, let Dr. Ribitch know. He will be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have about laser dentistry or any of our comprehensive dental services.