History of Lasers at Dental Practices
While it may seem that use of lasers at dental practices is a relatively new phenomenon, laser dentistry has its origins back in the 1960s (National Institutes of Health). While it continues to improve, it is a proven technology with many different applications in dental care and can be used to maintain and improve your overall oral health.
Our Fotona Dental Lasers
How a Dental Laser Works
With our Fotona Dental Laser we are able to perform both hard tissue and soft tissue procedures.
Soft Tissue Lasers
Hard Tissue Lasers
Dental Laser Benefits
Dental Laser Pros
Precision and Accuracy
Lower Risk of Infection
Less Time at the Dental Office
Dental Laser Cons
Despite Their Versatility, They Can't Do Everything
- Hidden Cavities – Dealing with cavities that are between teeth may not be possible with a laser depending on the location of the cavity
- Anesthesia – While lasers can reduce pain during some procedures, they don’t completely eliminate the need for anesthesia in all cases
- Existing Fillings – Lasers are unable to work on teeth that already have dental fillings present and are unable to remove existing amalgam
- Dental Drill May Still be Required – Depending on requirements, a drill may be required in addition to the laser in some cases
Dental Laser Treatments
Treating Sleep Apnea with Lasers
Treating TMJ Disorder with Lasers
Endodontic Treatment for Root Canals
- Gingivoplasty – this is one of the many cosmetic procedures that can be performed using laser dentistry and involves the reshaping of the gums to make them more aesthetically pleasing
- Gingivectomy – gum surgery involving the removal of portions of your gums surrounding your teeth in order to treat gum disease
- Gum Depigmentation – this is another cosmetic procedure that involves reducing the melanin in gums to remove dark spots
- Crown Lengthening – crown lengthening involves removing gum tissue to expose more of the underlying tooth. This dental laser treatment can be performed for cosmetic reasons as well as for therapeutic reasons – such as having enough tooth available to place a dental crown
Laser Teeth Whitening
- Fibroma Removal – Our Fotona laser is able to remove benign tumors from your mouth
- Hemangioma Removal – Hemangiomas are caused by an abnormally dense group of extra blood vessels. Treating Hemangiomas with a laser is quick, offers a quicker recovery time than oral surgery and it won’t even leave a scar.
- Leukoplakia Removal – Leukoplakia are white patches on the inside of the mouth. These lesions can effectively be removed with our laser treatment
- Operculectomy – This procedure used to require oral surgery, but lasers can now be used to achieve the same results. The procedure involves removing a flap of gum tissue over a partially erupted tooth. Lasers can cut this gum tissue and coagulate it at the same time. This results in less bleeding and a quicker recovery time.
Numbing Teeth with Lasers
- Less (or no) anesthesia – The Fotona laser treatment can reduce the need for anesthesia and make the procedure more comfortable for the patient.
- Better tooth preparation – Prepping your tooth for a filling in this manner means that your tooth will create an ideal surface for bonding to the filling without the need for acid etching.
- Speed – You’ll spend less time in the dental chair with laser cavity preparation