Laser Dentistry and Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry
Laser dentistry offers many great advantages for our pediatric patients. Our office is equipped with the Lightwalker DT laser. It contains two lasers, the ER:YAG laser for many applications including hard tissue and the Nd:YAG laser to use for soft tissue or gum procedures. By offering two distinctly different wavelength lasers, we can provide a wide range of laser services. We are continually updating our education to provide the most up-to-date dental services and procedures with lasers because our patients deserve the best.
The Benefits of Laser Dentistry
When a laser is used instead of a dental drill or scalpels there are fewer traumas to the tissues. This often (but not always) means procedures can be performed without the need for local anesthesia or numbing. The laser is ideal for small restorations and restorations in teeth that have never been restored before. Children love the laser - no shots (usually), no drill, less noise and the process is fast. Unlike the dental drill there is no shrill whine, just a gentle spray of water and a slight tapping sound.
How Laser Dentistry Works
For most laser procedures we will use a penetrating topical or gel-like anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth or are of soft tissue. This relieves any sensitivity that may result from the water spray. The lips and tongue are not numb and you may eat or drink immediately after most procedures. Most fillings can be completed without numbing, but not all especially large crowns or very large fillings.
The pinpoint accuracy and control of the laser energy allows us to remove just the decay. This means smaller restorations and less removal of healthy tooth structure.
Canker sores and fever blisters, which are triggered by the Herpes Simplex I virus, are painful ulcers and lesions that develop in the mouth and around the lips. The usual course of healing takes from 10 days to 2 weeks. Soft tissue laser treatment initiated in the beginning stages can significantly reduce this healing time. After a 1 minute 30 second procedure that is completely painless, relief is felt as early as the next day.
During treatment your child will be asked to wear special goggles that block any stray light from the laser hand piece. The area we are working in will receive a topical anesthetic if necessary (most procedures require no anesthetic at all). In just a few moments, the treatment will be complete. Most children are thrilled with the speed and comfort of laser dentistry. Ask us if laser therapy is right for your child.