Advances in both dental procedures and dental technology have enabled us to provide more comprehensive and long-lasting treatment that is delivered in a more timely and pain-free manner. Laser dentistry allows Dr. Shulman to perform surgical procedures with greater accuracy and less swelling or bleeding, which translates to less downtime for you. Laser dentistry is frequently used to treat soft tissues such as the gums and can be used to reshape them for patients with a gummy smile. It is also an important tool in periodontal therapy for the treatment of gum disease.
What is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry is a minimally invasive technique used for gum surgery, treating cavities, exposing wisdom teeth, and other oral health treatments. The general process uses focused light beams to alter and remove tissue. Laser dentistry can also be a great option for those who may face dental fear or anxiety because it is gentle and virtually painless.
How does laser dentistry work?
A laser is a beam of light that delivers energy. Traveling on different wavelengths, the energy is absorbed by a target. Although, not every laser is the same. Some dental laser tools are used for gum disease treatment, while others are used for teeth whitening. Depending on the laser, it can be used for treating hard and soft tissues. Many lasers are specific to just one of them.
What does laser dentistry treat?
Laser dentistry can be used in multiple ways. Utilizing laser dentistry, Dr. Shulman can:
- Remove gum inflammation
- Remove tissue that causes sleep apnea
- Remove old white fillings, often with no need for anesthesia
- Used for non-surgical gum treatments
- Treat mouth sores
- Teeth whitening procedures
- Treat root canal infections
- Regenerate damaged nerves
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
Laser dentistry can offer multiple benefits to patients. With laser dentistry:
- Gums are sterilized, which decreases the risk of infection
- Anesthesia may not be needed
- Healing time is shortened
- There is less damage done to gums
- Sutures are not needed
- Less downtime
- Less bleeding and swelling
This cutting-edge technology simplifies and improves dental procedures using light and different wavelengths. Traditional dental drills are slower and uncomfortable for patients.
Laser Dentistry in Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Drew Shulman’s mission is to provide patients with comfortable and comprehensive dental care. Depending on the tissue type that is being operated on, Dr. Shulman may use different equipment. Lasers also cause less bleeding than other traditional surgery tools like scalpels, so the surgery site may not bleed as much. Patients who feel anxious about drills and sutures can feel relaxed knowing that laser dentistry is designed with their comfort in mind.
Laser dentistry offers patients an almost painless way of getting oral surgery. It can eliminate and reduce the anxiety that comes with getting such a procedure. It makes aftercare and healing quick and easy, eliminating the need for a bunch of follow-up appointments and a long, uncomfortable healing process.
Is laser dentistry covered by dental insurance?
It can be covered, but it depends on how comprehensive your dental insurance plan is and how laser dental treatments are used in your specific case. Some providers cover common laser procedures because they are used for restorative purposes that are necessary for good oral health. Others only cover part or none of the procedure because the laser treatment is for an elective procedure or not completely necessary, like teeth whitening. To find out if you are covered, contact your dental insurance provider. We also provide financing options so that anyone can afford high-quality dental care.
Are dental lasers safe?
Yes. Our dental lasers are operated by a certified dental professional in a controlled environment. We are committed to patient safety and will ensure that you are well-protected before proceeding with dental laser treatments. You will be given protective eyewear before any laser treatment can begin.
Can root canal be done with laser?
Yes. This treatment is called laser-assisted root canal therapy, and has been around for some time. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of various lasers as an adjunct in root canal procedures. With laser-assisted root canal therapy, lasers can reduce dental anxiety by eliminating the sounds of drills and limiting the need for local anesthesia, induce less bleeding during surgical procedures, and reduce post-op discomfort.
Schedule an Appointment
If you would like to learn more about laser dentistry and find out if Dr. Shulman can address your needs with this technology, schedule a visit to our Northeast Philadelphia office. Call Dr. Shulman at (215) 372-1142 or request an appointment online.