Laser dentistry uses a laser instead of a drill to remove tooth decay. Dental lasers have a concentrated beam of light that passes over your teeth without harming the healthy tooth enamel. The laser is able to target tooth decay, cavities, or any other type of restorative treatment.
Dental lasers allow for more precise treatment. The light beam can be focused, and the laser energy can be precisely controlled. This minimizes the risk of damage to the healthy tooth enamel.
What Are Dental Lasers Used For?
Dental lasers are used for the following purposes:
Laser Gum Recontouring
Laser gum recontouring is a procedure used to remove excess gum tissue when it looks like your teeth are protruding too much. It is also used if your gums look uneven or your gums are covering too much of your teeth.
During the procedure, our dentist will use a laser to trim away gum tissue.
Laser Crown Lengthening
Sometimes, a tooth needs a little help to look its best. The gums may have receded, leaving the tooth looking shorter than its neighbors. The tooth may also look stubby, as there isn't enough tooth structure to support a new restoration like a crown.
In this case, we may recommend a dental laser crown lengthening. Lasers are very precise, so we can use one to remove a very small amount of gum tissue, just enough to lengthen the crown. The laser will also seal the wound, so there will be no need for stitches.
At Wade K. Marler, D.D.S, we offer the best dental care possible to each of our patients in a positive and relaxing environment. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at (253) 852-0480 or visit us at 17203 SE 270th Pl, Covington, WA 98042.