Understanding Laser Dentistry

laser dentistry

Lasers in dentistry are becoming a popular alternative for dental procedures. Lasers function by using energy from light. The laser can be set at different wavelengths, depending on the need for the procedure and will vaporize the tissue it comes in contact with. Dr. Garrett Gouldin and Dr. Francisco Carlos have extensive experience using laser technology to optimize oral health. 

Dr. Garrett Gouldin and Dr. Francisco Carlos suggest using laser dentistry for Frenectomies. Frenectomies are performed to remove one or both frena from the mouth. The frenum is a connective tissue membrane that attaches one surface within the mouth to another. However, this procedure can be done through laser dentistry, using a state of the art soft tissue laser without creating any cuts or incisions in the patient. Also, the procedure is painless and recovery time is very quick.

One of the most effective uses of laser dentistry is for the treatment of periodontitis or advanced periodontitis (gum disease). The laser can reach below the gum line to reduce the amount of bacteria that is present. Also, laser therapy helps with bone growth and aids in healing as it creates blood clots which help cover the treatment areas. Laser dentistry is also used to treat peri-implantitis, an infection that is caused by dental implants and is similar to gum disease. The laser treatment helps repair the tissues surrounding the jawbone, which essentially leads to prevention of the dental implants failing. 

Laser dentistry has shown to be effective and safe. In fact, it often poses less risk of infection and can be less painful than traditional procedures. It is important to note that lasers are FDA approved, making them acceptable to use for dental work. Our experienced and friendly periodontists, can help you decide if using this method works better for you than the traditional methods.

Contact our offices in Falls Church, VA to schedule your appointment today.


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