Three Ways Lasers Improve Dental Care
Where do you expect to see lasers put to good use?
The latest Star Wars or Star Trek movie? The next superhero film?
How about the dentist office?
It’s true. Lasers aren’t just special effects in action movies. They are used at Millburn Dental Arts to provide preventive care and treatments for our patients.
Today, we would like to tell you about three kinds of lasers we use in our dentist office in Millburn, NJ.
They are the DIAGNOdent, PerioLase, and WaterLase.
Finding Cavities Early
We encourage our patients to visit us a few times throughout the year for cleanings and examinations. We want to prevent oral health problems whenever possible. We also prefer to detect and treatment problems early.
The DIAGNOdent is one of the tools that helps us in the fight against tooth decay or cavities.
The National Institutes of Health reports that more than 90 percent of adults in the US will have at least one cavity during their lives. The average American adult will have 3.28 decayed teeth in their lives.
No matter how you calculate that, it’s a lot of cavities. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily are needed to remove bacteria that cause tooth decay. Those bacteria are opportunists, and they will take advantage of any opening to attack and eat into your teeth.
We also know that the human eye can only do some much. We will look for signs of tooth decay. We know some decay may be in its early stages when it is difficult to see with the naked eye. The DIAGNOdent helps with that problem.
This device uses lasers to measure the fluorescence of your teeth. In a way, it’s measuring how reflective your teeth are. We may not be able to see a difference, but the laser can measure changes so we can identify potential problem areas.
This allows us to act sooner and reduce the damage caused by decay.
In cases where tooth decay may be more advanced, we will turn to a different kind of dental laser instead.
As it’s name suggests, the WaterLaser combines the power of lasers and water at the same.
In the past, many dentists used a drill to break up and remove tooth decay. The WaterLase shoots a laser through a stream of water. This reduces the heat generated by the laser, and it accelerates water molecules. This allows the water to cut away parts of your teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay.
This can also be helpful during a root canal treatment. The WaterLase can be used to create an opening in an infected tooth. This will allow us to access the inside of the tooth so the infection can be removed.
Fighting Gum Disease
Believe it or not, gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States.
Again, brushing and flossing are necessary to reduce your risk of developing this condition. If you don’t, you may notice symptoms like bleeding gums, sore and tender gums, receding gums, and persistent bad breath.
As with cavities, we want to treat gum disease as soon and as effectively as we can. The PerioLase is one of the ways we do this.
The PerioLase is a soft tissue laser, and one of the ways we use it is for LANAP, the Laser-assisted new attachment procedure.
This is a thoroughly modern approach to gum disease treatment. with the PerioLase, we can more accurately target the infected gum tissue. When compared to other gum disease treatments, the PerioLase causes less pain and less bleeding. It also allows you to recover faster from your treatment.
By zapping away the diseased tissue, we are able to save more of the healthy tissue, too.
The WaterLase also is effective in many soft tissue treatments.
Lasers For the Win!
At Millburn Dental Arts, we believe our patients deserve the most effective, least invasive, and least painful treatments that modern dentistry can offer.
Our DIGNOdent, PerioLase, and WaterLase are three great examples of how we are putting the latest technology to use to benefit patients like you and your family.
Whether you are looking to prevent cavities or you need to treat tooth decay, gum disease, or another oral health issues, our dentist office is here to help anyone in Millburn, NJ, as best we can.