What is Laser Dentistry?
By emitting a highly focused beam, dental lasers can remove or shape the tissue in your teeth and gums to treat hypersensitivity, tooth decay, gum disease, and more. This new technology replaces noisy, invasive drills and completes a wide range of procedures in just a single appointment. Lasers can make dental treatments efficient, cost-effective, and comfortable so you can start smiling again.
Our Ardsley dentists are committed to providing patients with world-class dental technology for a seamless, efficient experience. That’s why we’re excited to offer laser dentistry, which allows us to perform a wide range of procedures, from simple cavity prepping to more complex surgeries. Patients can now experience a comfortable, quick, and pleasant treatment thanks to the laser dental tools.
Did you know…
Laser dentistry was invented in the 1960s when scientists developed the ruby laser!
The Benefits of Laser Therapy
The laser beam is so exact that most cases see a decreased need for sutures. Opting for a laser treatment also means you can avoid anxiety-inducing drills.
Most procedures are painless and don’t require any anesthesia. By skipping numbing injections, the treatment is quicker and more comfortable for patients.
Faster Healing Time
Since the laser is minimally invasive and so precise, treatment is a relatively short process. Also, laser dentistry provides faster healing times with little to no bleeding from the procedure.
Common Laser Therapy Treatments
Biopsies and lesion removal
Did you know…
Laser dentistry is FDA approved and widely used in modern dental practices across America.
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Is laser dentistry safe?
Absolutely. Dental lasers are approved by the FDA and have been found to be completely safe when used by a trained dentist. Because the laser tool conducts such a precise procedure, there is a smaller chance of bacterial infection. This minimally invasive treatment also causes little to no bleeding for patients. When undergoing laser treatments, your dentist will take precautions to ensure your safety, just as they would with any other treatment. Since laser tools emit a powerful light, they will give you special protective glasses or goggles to shield your eyes. Laser dentistry is safer and more comfortable than many other traditional procedures.
Does laser dentistry hurt?
No! Laser treatments are very comfortable and convenient. Plus, in most cases, you won’t need any anesthesia! Since laser dentistry does not involve physical contact with the tissue of your mouth, numbing agents aren’t usually required for patients. The laser pinpoint causes a cauterizing effect within the tissue, so there is typically very little bleeding after treatment. When patients receive anesthesia, they typically leave the office with that numb feeling still prevalent. With laser dentistry, you are able to go right out to lunch or back to work without that uncomfortable numb sensation following your appointment.
Are laser dental treatments more expensive?
Since laser dentistry is still determined to be an elective treatment, most insurance plans do not cover laser treatments. It’s important to check with your provider to get a better understanding of your coverage and benefits. However, laser dental treatments are fairly comparable to other equivalent treatments, and because you may not need any anesthesia, they may be able to fit comfortably within your budget. The cost of treatment will vary based on your individual needs, so we recommend scheduling a consultation to get a more accurate cost estimate.
Did you know…
Laser dentistry is effective for a variety of procedures including frenectomies, gum reshaping, gum grafts, and removal of lesions.