Laser Dentistry in Coeur d’Alene
Dr. Orban always strives to keep up with the latest in dental technology and techniques; his goal is to provide comfortable, minimally invasive dentistry that helps his patients achieve and maintain excellent oral health. Among the many technologies he uses is a laser. Let’s talk more about how this tool may be able to help you enjoy a smile that is both healthy and beautiful.
Laser Dentistry — the Basics
A laser is an extremely concentrated, narrow beam of light. When it comes into contact with the tissues in the mouth, it causes a reaction. The result is that it enables Dr. Orban to reshape these tissues and treat various dental health issues.
Different types of lasers are available for use in dental treatments, but Dr. Orban uses a soft diode laser. It provides an efficient, cost-effective, and safe way for him to provide his patients with the excellent care they expect and deserve.
Lasers have been used in dentistry for almost 30 years. However, despite being approved by the FDA, they are still often considered an “alternative treatment.” Many dentists have yet to adopt them as one of their main tools.
Treatments that Use a Soft Tissue Laser
Dr. Orban may use a laser to do perform any of the following procedures:
- Bacterial decontamination.When treating gum disease, Dr. Orban can use a laser to clean out bacteria without removing any more tissue than necessary.
- Ulcer treatment.Direct application of a laser to an ulcer can provide immediate pain relief and lead to overnight healing of the problem.
- Drain an abscess. A dental abscess is a pocket of pus that results from an infection. They can be extremely painful. A laser can quickly drain an abscess and promote healing.
- Gingivectomy. This is a cosmetic procedure to remove excess gum tissue and make a smile look more proportionate.
- Tongue tie. This is a condition that limits the tongue’s mobility. A laser can remove the tissue that is restricting the tongue’s movement.
- Treat the tissue around dental implants.
- Remove fibromas.Fibromas are benign tumors that can appear in the gums.
The Benefits of Laser Dentistry
It is possible to perform any of the above-listed procedures using traditional metal dental tools. However, a laser is often the better choice because it is extremely precise, making treatment as minimally invasive as possible. For certain procedures, a laser may even be able to reduce healing time and eliminate the need for anesthesia.
Of course, every situation is unique. If Dr. Orban plans on using a laser to treat you, he’ll be sure to discuss the procedure with you in detail so you know what to expect during your treatment. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about the laser itself, the nature of the procedure, and any other concerns you may have. We want you to commit to your treatment as an educated, confident patient.
Lasers provide a remarkable tool for dentists who want to use only the best technology in their practice. If you would like to learn more about the laser dentistry, please contact us.