It's not science-fiction. Our super rad laser means fewer shots for your child. Lasers have been used in medicine for many years now and they are now making many procedures simpler and convenient in dentistry. Thanks to the advancements in laser technology, it is being used in treatments such as decay removal, lip and tongue tie releases, teeth whitening, root canal therapy, removal of cancerous growth, screening for oral cancer, etc. The best part of our laser? Dr. Chaffee can safely demonstrate for your child how it works, taking away much of the fear of dental treatment.
Cavity treatment using laser
The conventional method of removing the decay from a cavity is using a hand-held scaling appliance. The dentist would use the ultrasonic scaling device to dislodge the tartar and decayed tissues from the cavity and fill it using tooth-colored material. Children may tend to make a lot of fuss during oral cleaning, as the feeling of having the ultrasonic scaler in their mouth can be slightly uncomfortable. Hence, as an alternative for ultrasonic scaling, we use a laser to kill the microbes and neutralize them, thereby disinfecting the cavity. The procedure is far less invasive, less time-consuming, and causes little or no inflammation.
Laser for treating gum disease
Gum disease is caused by the toxic substances discharged by the microbes in the mouth. They decay the soft gum tissues and cause inflammation, decay of tissues, bleeding and discharge of pus, etc. The conventional method of treating gum disease is by removing the decayed tissues through surgery. Putting your child through so much pain and discomfort can be worrying for parents. But, a more advanced way to do this is using a laser to vaporize the tissues and seal the wound underneath instantly. This method eliminates the need for sutures or long healing periods after the procedure, which will also allow your child to resume school within a couple of days.
A laser used for root canal therapy
During a traditional root canal therapy, the dentist will make a small hole in the infected tooth and remove the decayed pulp through it. The procedure would have to be performed with the patient under the influence of local anesthesia, which would later result in severe pain and discomfort post-treatment. This would make both parents and their child feel too anxious about what the outcome of the treatment could be and how much pain it would induce. Just the sight of the dental equipment used for the procedures could incite fear. Hence, we would like to do this using a laser, as it is far more convenient, less painful, and minimally invasive. The dentist would focus the laser on the decayed tissues and remove them meticulously to get rid of the infected pulp.
Laser teeth whitening
Teeth whitening involves the use of a bleaching gel that would be applied to the teeth and spread evenly. This procedure can be sped up using a light-activated whitening gel and a laser of the right intensity. The results rendered through this procedure are significantly better and last longer. Children would find it a lot of fun and exciting, and the reduced chair time is an added advantage.
Please do schedule a consultation with our highly trained team of dental experts, and we'll guide you further. Please call us at (480) 739-2993 or reach us through online consultation.