Laser Pediatric Dentistry at Rockford Pediatric Dentistry
Laser dentistry takes advantage of the precision laser energy to perform an assortment of dental procedures with more efficiency and less discomfort. The FDA has approved it for more than 20 years, and in that period of time, dental lasers have become even more improved and more advanced than ever before. Laser dentistry is safe and effective for any age, including children, teens, and adults.
LASER is a simple acronym that stands for light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation. A dental laser uses light energy in a tight, narrow, and focused beam. Instead of using traditional dental hand tools, Rockford Pediatric Dentistry is using various lasers to treat dental issues. Laser dentistry first became popular in the late 1980s when they were used for dental tissue procedures. The laser beam is powerful enough to alter the tissue shape and even remove targeted tissue. Laser dentistry is more comfortable on your soft tissues, compared to traditional dental tools. Since then, laser dentistry has evolved to benefit more patients and more dental conditions. Laser dentistry is not only more cost-effective, but also more efficient and you will be more comfortable. It is ideal for pediatric dentistry; children can receive fast dental treatment in the most comfortable way.
Dental Issues treated with Laser Dentistry
Lasers can now treat a variety of different dental conditions. These include:
- Tooth decay.
- Teeth whitening.
- Gum disease.
- Cavity fillings.
- Crown lengthening.
- Treating a gummy smile.
- Removing soft tissue folds.
- Treating tongue frenulum attachment.
- Removing benign tumors.
- TMJ treatment.
- Obstructive sleep apnea.
- Removing cold sores.
- Nerve regeneration.
Rockford Pediatric Dentistry has different conditions they will use for lasers. These conditions may differ from pediatric dentistry. Always discuss your treatment options with our team.
The Laser Dentistry Procedure
There are two kinds of laser dentistry procedures, hard or soft tissue procedures. The type of condition depends on the procedure we will perform. Our laser dentistry can treat both. Hard tissue procedures include procedures of a tooth. In a hard tissue procedure, the laser can detect tooth decay and can kill bacteria in a cavity. A soft tissue procedure refers to a procedure of the gums. The laser can reshape gums, remove skin tissue folds, and much more.
Every tooth comprises of three different density layers, enamel, dentin, and cementum. On the surface enamel, the laser can work on various levels of the surface like removing tooth decay and preparing the enamel for a filling. With the dentin layer, the laser can treat dentin hypersensitivity and other dentin issues. Dental lasers can also be used for the root planing and scaling process, removing damaged cementum infected with toxins, tartar, and microorganisms.
The Benefits of Laser Dentistry
All patients, especially children and young adults, will experience less discomfort and quicker dental appointments. Here are a few examples of other benefits they can experience.
- Accuracy and Precision- Our dental laser allows us to gently remove plaque and decay with absolute precision. The laser does not disturb the surrounding healthy areas, which allows us to keep as much of your healthy teeth undisturbed as possible.
- No Shots, No Drills, No Anesthesia Dentistry- We can remove tooth decay in children usually without the use of any scary shots and loud drills. For the majority of procedures, no anesthesia is necessary either. Fewer shots translate into less anxiety and stress for both you and your child.
- Reduced Trauma- When using a high-speed drill, hairline cracks and fractures can actually occur that might lead to dental issues later on. The laser works gently on the teeth and maintains the integrity of all healthy structures.
- Less Bleeding and Swelling- The laser stops bleeding before it starts, making the procedure less painful and traumatic. Less trauma also means less swelling that will take place.
- Fewer Visits & Faster Recovery- If your child has numerous cavities, breaking up the appointment sometimes was the best approach. Since the laser is painless and quick, we can often remove all cavities in one visit. Since there is no bleeding and minimal trauma to healthy tissue, a procedure like a frenectomy, a baby tooth root canal and more often heal much faster when performed with a laser.
Other benefits from laser dentistry include:
- Decreased need for sutures.
- Minimized risk of bacterial infections.
- Less damage to surrounding tissue.
- Tissues regenerate faster.
Next time you are at Rockford Pediatric Dentistry, talk with our team to see if your child is a viable candidate for laser dentistry. The dental laser often eliminates the need for a needle, drill, and even sutures. It offers a safe and gentle alternative to traditional dental tools by combining water, air, and laser energy. Our staff loves using this laser dentistry tool to help your child have a positive and rewarding dental experience.
Rockford Pediatric Dentistry
At Rockford Pediatric Dentistry, we are passionate about providing a safe, positive, and happy environment for your family. We want our patients to be able to safely enjoy the sports they love, while protecting their developing smiles. We treat all of our patients as if they were our own children. As parents ourselves, we understand how important it is to treat your family with compassion, the most up to date dental technologies, and the highest standard of care. We strive to earn your trust and provide consistent quality for your family. Call today to make Rockford Pediatric Dentistry your new dental home.