One of the significant advances in modern dentistry has been the development of dental laser technology. Today, dental lasers are being increasingly used to treat tooth decay, periodontal disease, perform biopsies or the removal of oral lesions, to cure restorative (filling) materials, as well as to activate in-office teeth whitening systems.
Dental lasers combine laser energy with water and air to safely cut and shape target soft or hard tissues in the mouth. Laser energy precisely cuts through tooth structure by exciting the water molecules in the tooth. It operates without direct contact to the tooth without heat, vibration, or pressure thereby minimizing the discomfort of the procedure and the need for dental anesthesia. In addition dental lasers can reduce anxiety for patients fearful of dental work, minimize post-operative bleeding and swelling, and preserve healthy tooth structure during the removal of decay.
While dental lasers may be an excellent treatment option in some situations, they cannot be used for every dental procedure.
With the advent of diode lasers, periodontal treatment can be performed more comfortably and efficiently with quicker healing and recovery times. Diode lasers have revolutionized the provision of care. They offer an excellent alternative to more invasive conventional surgical procedures for the treatment of gum disease and cosmetic tissue procedures such as gum lifts.
Diode lasers have multiple applications, effectively performing several periodontal procedures, including the reduction of gingival pockets, the treatment of periodontitis, and the management of peri-implantitis.
When used to treat gum disease, diode lasers vaporize the inflamed and diseased tissue inside a periodontal pocket while leaving the healthy tissue intact. Diode lasers also target and kill the bacteria that cause gum disease and help facilitate the healthy reattachment of supporting tissues to the surface of the tooth's root.
One of the many benefits of performing a procedure using a diode laser is that it significantly reduces the discomfort associated with conventional surgical techniques. In this respect, dental lasers minimize the need for dental anesthesia.
Beyond offering more comfortable and stress-free care, diode lasers also cauterize the targeted tissues as they go to reduce any bleeding during periodontal procedures. As a result, healing and recovery times are quicker and involve less post-operative swelling and scarring.
A beautiful smile not only radiates personal warmth, but it also illuminates your face and accentuates your best features. In addition to assessing your periodontal health, we also take a close look at the aesthetics of your smile.
For patients with a "gummy" smile, or front teeth that appear too small because of excess tissue coverage, we can comfortably and precisely sculpt the gums around the teeth with a diode laser to reveal just the right amount of tooth structure. This procedure normalizes the appearance of the gum line while achieving optimal aesthetics and facial harmony.
While a gum lift alone can successfully transform the look of your smile, we sometimes recommend additional cosmetic dental procedures such as teeth whitening or dental veneers as part of a comprehensive smile makeover plan.
At Stunning Smiles of Las Vegas, our goal is for every patient to enjoy the benefits of a smile that looks great and functions at its best. We value patient input and provide skilled, experienced care to create healthy and beautiful smiles.