Laser Dentistry for Early Detection and Faster Healing
At Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey, our dentist, Dr. Jerry M. Strauss, and our team are experienced in practicing laser dentistry. Lasers can be used in teeth whitening, surgery on the gums and restorative dentistry. Laser dentistry allows for faster healing time, minimal post-operative pain and recovery time, and minimal bleeding and sensitivity. Dr. Strauss is experienced and skilled in laser dentistry.
Laser Teeth Whitening
Laser teeth whitening is available in Dr. Strauss’s office. During the treatment, a bleaching agent is applied to the teeth, followed by a laser. The laser helps maximize the effectiveness of the bleaching gel and accelerate the bleaching process.
Some patients see results after a single laser teeth whitening treatment whereas others benefit from a series of treatments. The results of laser teeth whitening can be enhanced and maintained by using at-home whitening trays.
Laser Gum Surgery
Soft tissue lasers have replaced traditional surgical instruments in several types of periodontal (gum) treatments, including gum disease treatment and gum reshaping. Lasers are useful for modifying gum tissue and sealing off the blood vessels as they reduce bleeding during treatment. Also, they are extremely precise instruments and help preserve more healthy gum tissue as compared to traditional surgical approaches.
Lasers in Restorative dentistry
Lasers can be used in various restorative dentistry procedures. For example, lasers can be used to remove decay within a tooth to help prepare it for a filling or remove bacteria during root canal therapy.
Laser Cavity Detection
Another tool Dr. Strauss utilizes in performing laser dentistry is the DIAGNOdent® laser. This laser allows Dr. Strauss to detect cavities earlier and easier. Unlike the traditional method of extended poking and prodding in the mouth to look for cavities, the DIAGNOdent® laser can discover potential problems quickly and with less discomfort. In fact, this laser dentistry technique has been found to be more than 90% accurate, as opposed to the 50% to 70% success rate of traditional cavity detection methods. The increased accuracy and patient comfort level make the DIAGNOdent® laser a smart addition to Strauss’s laser dentistry procedures.
FAQ About Laser Dentistry
Am I a candidate for laser dentistry?
You may be a good candidate for a laser dentistry procedure if you are interested in a safe, minimally invasive alternative to traditional techniques that use a drill, a scalpel or similar instruments. We can discuss the option of using a laser for your care either in person, during a consultation, or over the phone.
What are the advantages of using a laser in dental procedures?
- Lasers are less invasive than conventional dental instruments and technology, such as drills.
- Lasers are quieter and do not generate the vibrations, sensations or smells of a dental drill.
- Lasers are very precise and can be adjusted to your individual treatment needs.
- Lasers reduce the amount of bleeding during and after dental treatment.
- Lasers cut down on the recovery after a dental procedure.
- Lasers help preserve more healthy tooth structure and gum tissue than drills and surgical instruments, which is better for the long-term health of teeth and gums.
- Lasers minimize the risk of bacterial infection.
Does laser gum treatment hurt?
No, anesthesia will be used to numb your mouth so you do not feel any pain during gum treatment.
Is laser dentistry safe?
When performed by a qualified, experienced dentist, laser dental procedures are very safe.
How much does laser dentistry work cost?
Laser dentistry costs vary depending on the specific procedure, scope of treatment and technology used. The team at Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey can provide pricing details over the phone, in email or in person.
What are the types of lasers used in dentistry?
Dr. Strauss uses hard tissue and soft tissue lasers. The lasers use different wavelengths to target and modify specific types of tissue. Hard tissue lasers are used principally for the teeth, and soft tissue lasers for the gums.
What is the recovery like after a laser dentistry procedure?
Recovering from a laser dentistry procedure is generally smooth. There is not as much bleeding, irritation or discomfort after a laser procedure than there is after a traditional surgical procedure.
If you are interested in the new and exciting technology of laser dentistry in Totowa and Fairfield, Essex County, New Jersey, contact Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey. Dr. Strauss invites all patients in Totowa and Fairfield, Essex County, New Jersey, to visit for a laser dentistry consultation. Call 973-227-8998 to plan your visit.