Laser dentistry is one of the most significant advances in dentistry we've seen in many years - both for success in treatment and for improved patient experience. For patients who do not look forward to needles, drilling, or numbness, laser dentistry may be the right choice.
Periodontist Dr. Karl A. Rose uses the PerioLase laser because it has been proven safe and effective for a variety of dental and periodontal services many times over. The PerioLase delivers energy in the form of light. Depending on the intended result, this energy travels at different wavelengths and is absorbed by a "target". In dentistry, these targets can be enamel, decay, gum tissue, or whitening enhancers. Each one absorbs a different wavelength of light while reflecting others. Laser dentistry can be used for both tooth and soft tissue related procedures.
Some patients have a perception of laser being dangerous or painful, but the way we use it, nothing could be further from the truth. For many treatments, no local anesthesia is required. Unlike the dental drill, with laser dentistry there is no heat or vibration, making the procedure quite comfortable for most patients. For soft tissue procedures it eliminates the need for cutting and suturing so healing is much faster. Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.
Lasers can be used in a wide variety of dental procedures and in many non-surgical periodontal treatments as alternatives to gum surgery. Treatment options include the following:
Laser can be used for early diagnosis of cavities. With this technology we can locate hidden decay in teeth in early stages, and in some cases the decay can be reversed through hygiene and fluoride treatment and may never need filling.
Dr. Rose is proud to offer LANAP to his Washington DC area patients. LANAP is an advanced laser gum treatment technique that allows periodontists to treat gum disease with relatively little recovery time. With this technology he can target infected tissue between your teeth and gums and destroy the bacteria that cause the infection. This will allow your gums to heal and gum and bone tissue to regenerate, in many cases more effectively than traditional gum surgery methods.
If you're concerned about traditional cut and suture surgery to treat periodontal disease, contact us to find out more about laser gum surgery vs. traditional gum surgery will help you make an informed and educated decision. Periodontist Dr. Karl A. Rose is an expert in both techniques and he'll be happy to explain the benefits of LANAP and how gum surgery works.
If you would like to find out about other laser dentistry treatments, schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Rose today.