Erie, Harborcreek and Millcreek, PA
The technology and procedures in dentistry are constantly evolving. We believe one of the most significant advancements in the field is the use of laser technology.
At Laser Dentistry of Erie, LLC, we use laser technology in a variety of ways.
Dental lasers can be employed in the following areas:
- Oral surgery
- Removing areas of decay or disease from teeth
- Diagnostic tool, whether to identify cavities or scan an area and produce an image
- Perform gum grafts or gum surgery
- Treat gum disease
What to expect from a procedure involving dental lasers
Dental lasers do not emit whining sounds or other noises that typically bother many patients. The most common noise you will hear when undergoing laser dentistry is a rush of air, as air suction is employed to keep the treated area cool and clean.
Laser surgery is a significant upgrade, both for a practice and its patients, over traditional oral surgery.
The advantages of laser surgery include the following:
- Less of a need for the use of anesthetic during a procedure or pain relief after the fact
- Minimal bleeding and swelling
- Easier and faster recovery for patients
- Greater accuracy in performing procedures
- Faster procedures, minimizing time in the dental chair for patients
At Laser Dentistry of Erie our dental lasers fall into one of these three classifications:
Soft Tissue Lasers:
Most often we use lasers for soft tissue procedures. Soft tissue lasers enable the dentist to treat a multitude of soft tissue pathologies with extreme accuracy, minimal bleeding and minimal post operative discomfort. We often use soft tissue lasers in our practice to assist in cavity or crown preparations. In a few seconds, a soft tissue laser can help create an accurate impression for a crown, or safely and painlessly expose a cavity that has progressed below the gum line. Anything from cosmetic re-shaping of the gum tissue to removal of a small fibroma can be completed with a soft tissue laser. They are used to safely treat and destroy bacteria in gum pockets associated with periodontal disease. And we can evenly safely and painlessly desensitize teeth, cure painful canker sores and prevent and treat cold sores. Soft tissue lasers are an extremely versatile instrument which is why they have become an absolute staple in our care of our patients.
Hard Tissue Lasers:
Hard tissue lasers are used to remove old composite fillings, detect and repair cavities, and prepare teeth for bonding. As with soft tissue lasers, they dramatically minimize discomfort and allow the dentist to treat teeth with more precision.
The hard tissue family of Lasers is very interesting and unique in that they work on the hard tissues (tooth and bone.) Many cavities, which in the past required a shot to numb the tooth can be done pain free without any needles, pain, or anesthetic. This enables us to perform much more dentistry in a single visit and in a shorter time, all with no pain.
Diagnodent is a low level laser, which is aimed on the tooth to help detect tooth decay (cavities) at a very early state. It is the latest, most precise, diagnostic tool on the market. It is painless, quick, and a very efficient way of diagnosing the smallest areas of concern so we can treat them before they require more extensive work. What this means for our patients is generally smaller fillings and less time in the dental chair!