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Laser Dentistry

Laser technology at Kevin Kay DDS Comprehensive Family DentistryLaser dentistry involves using lasers to help treat a number of dental problems. Lasers were first introduced in 1994, and since then, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved laser dentistry as a treatment option for several dental conditions.

At Kevin Kay DDS Comprehensive Family Dentistry, we use laser dentistry to:
•  Treat tooth decay and prepare the enamel to receive a filling or crown.
•  Treat gum disease that requires disinfecting bacteria and shaping the gums.
•  Perform a biopsy to check for conditions like oral cancer.
•  Remove oral lesions and painful canker sores.
•  Expedite teeth whitening procedures by activating bleaching agents.
•  Treat root canal infections.
•  Treat inflamed gums.
•  Expose wisdom teeth for extractions.
•  Regenerate damaged tissues and nerve.
•  Remove soft throat tissues to treat obstructive sleep apnea.

Types of Laser Dentistry

The two main types of lasers used in dentistry are soft tissue lasers and hard tissue lasers. Each of these lasers emits a different wavelength that is suitable for working with specific types of tissues.

Soft Tissue Laser

Soft tissue lasers are used to cut and remove soft tissues of the mouth like gums and the skin of the palate. The most commonly used lasers for this purpose are the carbon dioxide laser, the diode laser and the Nd:YAG laser.

Soft tissue lasers are useful in creating a trough around the gum to increase the visibility of the site which needs to undergo surgery. They are also effective in removing excess gum tissues and mouth sores as well as treating tight muscle attachments like a tight frenulum. These lasers can also treat gum diseases by removing the infected gum tissue and supporting the regeneration of healthy soft tissues.

Laser treatment may also reduce the need for anesthesia and sutures and can result in less bleeding during and after the procedure.

Hard Tissue Laser

Hard tissue lasers are used to cut the bony structures in your mouth, like the teeth. The most commonly-used hard tissue lasers include the Er:YAG laser and the Er, Cr: YSGG laser.

Hard tissue lasers are effective in preparing your teeth for filling, smoothing the walls of the root canal during root canal treatment, and helping to remove decayed bone from the tooth. They can also help in detecting tooth cavities and dealing with tooth sensitivity.

Hard tissue lasers may reduce the use of anesthesia and can prevent the overheating of tooth pulp. However, since the treatment needs to be quite precise, it may extend the treatment time.

Benefits of Laser Dentistry

Some benefits associated with laser dentistry include:
•  Lasers reduce the need for incisions and sutures and hence cause less pain than traditional dental drills.
•  It minimizes the swelling and bleeding of soft tissue.
•  It also preserves healthier tooth structure during cavity preparation.
•  It sterilizes gums and reduces risk of infection.
•  It also shortens healing time.

Limitationsof Laser Dentistry

Some limitations of laser dentistry are listed below:
•  Lasers cannot be used on teeth with fillings or other restorative work.
•  It cannot be used in many common dental treatments like preparing a large space for crown or filling cavities situated between two teeth.
•  The treatment may also be more expensive than traditional dental procedures.

If you are interested in reaping the benefits of laser dentistry, call us at (425) 738-8476 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin Kay and today.