Lasers make everything easier, including dental work. The technology helps dentists perform gum surgery without stitches, detect and remove tooth decay, improve gummy smiles and perform other procedures. Laser dentistry offers many benefits for patients of Sterling Heights, MI, dentists, Dr. Rana Hanna and Dr. Saif Hanna.
How do lasers work?
A thin beam of laser light contains concentrated energy that can be used to open teeth to expose tooth decay or remove tissue damaged by gum disease. One of the most important advantages of laser light is the ability to precisely target specific areas while leaving healthy tissues untouched.
How are lasers used in dentistry?
Thanks to laser dentistry, your Sterling Heights dentist doesn't have to pull out his or her drill to fill your smaller cavities. Instead, laser light is used to remove the decayed area. When cavities are removed with a drill, a margin of healthy tooth structure surrounding the decayed area is also removed. With laser treatment, your dentist can focus on the decayed area only and leave the surrounding structure intact.
Laser treatment is also more comfortable than the traditional filling process. Although laser dentistry offers an excellent way to fill teeth, it can't be used to treat cavities that form between your teeth or around existing fillings.
The surgery also offers a more comfortable alternative for people who have severe gum disease. Patients who opt for laser gum surgery instead of traditional surgery experience less bleeding because the laser seals blood vessels when it removes diseased gum tissue. Less pain and a faster recovery period are other benefits of the laser procedure.
Laser dentistry can be used to:
- Remove excess gum tissue that makes your smile too gummy
- Seal ulcers and cold sores
- Prepare teeth for cosmetic bonding
- Enhance the effects of teeth whitening treatment
- Kill bacteria and remove tartar below the gum line
- Detect cavities and small pits in teeth
- Treat damaged nerves and blood vessels
- Reduce pain caused by temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD)
- Seal tubules that cause tooth sensitivity
- Remove soft tissue folds that can form when dentures don't fit well
Are you interested in learning if laser dentistry is a good option for you? Call your Sterling Heights, MI, dentists, Dr. Rana Hanna and Dr. Saif Hanna at (586) 981-0199 to schedule an appointment.