Welcome to the future! Laser dentistry is an advanced technology that allows us to perform many dental treatments with less discomfort, shorter healing times, and improved results. As a general dentistry tool, lasers allow us to treat oral disease and remove obstructive membranes in the mouth. As a cosmetic dentistry tool, lasers allow us to recontour your gums or lengthen your teeth.
If you would like to learn more about laser dentistry in Westchester County, please call (914) 332-4402 today for an appointment with a Tarrytown dentist at Advanced Dentistry of Tarrytown.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
Since its recent introduction, laser dentistry has grown dramatically in popularity. That’s because it offers many benefits, including:
- Precise targeting–doesn’t harm surrounding tissue
- Minimally invasive
- Less discomfort–you may not need anesthesia
- Stitches may not be required
- Less risk of infection
- Less bleeding
- Faster healing
A laser allows us to precisely target the area to be treated–and they don’t harm the tissues around the treated area. This allows us to perform minimally invasive procedures that accomplish results with less discomfort. Some people may even find they don’t need anesthesia for their procedure.
In addition to its precision, the laser partly seals the treated area. This results in less bleeding and may even mean we don’t need to use stitches in your case.
Lasers also partly sterilize the treated area, reducing the risk of infection. Less ancillary tissue damage, less bleeding, and lower risk of infection makes it easier for your body to recover, so healing is typically faster than for the same procedure performed with conventional instruments.
Cosmetic Laser Dentistry
Laser dentistry can be used to improve the appearance of your smile. The appearance of your gums is vitally important to the attractiveness of your smile, but if you’re not happy with your gums, we offer these cosmetic dentistry procedures:
- Gum recontouring
- Gingivectomy (crown lengthening)
Gum recontouring is used if your gum line is uneven or doesn’t have a pleasing scalloped shape. In this procedure, we simply remove a small amount of gum tissue to sculpt your gums tinto the desired shape. Gum recontouring is helpful because gums that are uneven can make your teeth look crooked or unhealthy.
Gingivectomy is used when your teeth appear too short because your gums are too tall. This creates an imbalance in your smile. By removing some of the excess gum tissue, we restore balance. You’ll be delighted with how long and attractive your teeth look.
Sometimes, we can’t perform a gingivectomy because your teeth are actually short and there’s not enough gum tissue above the bone. In this case, we will recommend porcelain veneers and/or dental crowns to lengthen your teeth.
General Dentistry Procedures with a Laser
Laser dentistry can also be used to preserve your oral health. Most commonly, lasers are used to help with gum disease treatment.
Lasers are used to clear out pockets around your teeth that have been infected with bacteria. The laser destroys the bacteria. This can reduce the need for antibiotics and can improve the odds of success for your gum treatment.
Lasers can also be used in a frenectomy. This is a procedure that removes restrictive membranes linking your lips or tongue to your gums or the floor of your mouth, called tongue tie or lip tie. The laser can quickly and easily remove the tie with little discomfort.
If you would like to learn more about laser dentistry in Westchester County, please call (914) 332-4402 today for an appointment at Advanced Dentistry of Tarrytown.