Advances in both dental procedures and technology have enabled dentists to provide better and lasting treatments. Dentists can now deliver treatments in a more timely and pain free manner. Laser dentistry allows Dr. Shulman to perform surgeries with greater accuracy. There is also less swelling and bleeding, which means a shorter recovery time for you.
Dentists use laser dentistry to treat soft tissues such as gum tissue. Laser gum treatment can reshape the gums of patients who dislike their gummy smile. It is also a vital tool in the treatment of gum disease.
What is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry is a minimally invasive technique that dentists use for gum surgery. Using it, they can treat cavities, expose wisdom teeth, and perform other oral health treatments. The process uses a focused light beam to alter and remove tissue. It can also be a great option for those who may face dental fear or anxiety because it is gentle and almost painless.
How does laser dentistry work?
A laser is a beam of light that delivers energy at a target. This target will then absorb the energy. However, not every laser is the same. There are hard tissues lasers and soft tissue lasers. Dentists use some dental lasers for gum disease treatment, while others are for teeth whitening. Depending on the laser, dentists can use them for treating hard and soft tissues. Many lasers are specific to just one of them.
What does laser dentistry treat?
Your dentist can use laser dentistry in many ways. Using 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 treatments
- Treat root canal infections
- Regenerate damaged nerves
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
Laser dentistry can offer multiple benefits to patients. With laser dentistry:
- It sterilizes the gums, which lowers the risk of infection
- Patients may not need anesthesia
- Healing time is shorter
- There is less damage to gums
- Patients may not need sutures
- Less downtime
- Less bleeding and swelling
This technology makes dental procedures easier and improves them by 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 complete dental care. Depending on the tissue type, Dr. Shulman may use different equipment. Lasers also lead to less bleeding than the traditional method with tools like scalpels. The surgery site will not bleed as much and will heal faster. Patients who feel anxious about drills and sutures love laser dentistry. They are more comfortable and can relax since it causes less pain.
Laser dentistry offers patients an almost painless way of getting oral surgery. It can reduce or even get rid of the anxiety that comes with getting such a procedure. It makes aftercare and healing quick and easy. This means there is no need for a lot of follow-up appointments. It also makes the healing process shorter and more comfortable.
Laser Dentistry FAQs
Will my dental insurance cover laser dentistry?
They may offer some coverage, but it really depends on your dental insurance plan. It will also depend on how the laser dental treatments are used in your specific case. Some providers cover common laser procedures if you are having a restorative procedure that is necessary for good oral health. Others may cover little or none of the treatment because it is for an elective procedure or not 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 quality dental care.
Are dental lasers safe?
Yes. Only trained dental professional use our dental lasers. We are committed to patient safety and will ensure that you are well-protected before proceeding with dental laser treatments. We will give you protective eyewear before any laser treatment can begin.
Can you do a root canal with a 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 lasers as an adjunct in root canal treatments. With laser assisted root canal therapy, is reduces dental anxiety. There are no drill sounds and it limits the need for local anesthesia. Also, there is less bleeding during surgery and post-op pain.
Request a Dental Exam Today
If you would like to learn more about laser dentistry and find out if Dr. Shulman can address your needs with it, schedule a visit at our Northeast Philadelphia office. Call Dr. Shulman at (215) 372-1142 or request an appointment online.