Medical & Dental Lasers
A laser is an instrument that produces a very narrow, intense beam of light energy. Medical lasers are used in both the medical and dental fields. When laser light comes in contact with tissue, it causes a reaction. The light produced by the medical laser can remove or shape tissue. We use laser dentistry at our Toronto dental office.
Lasers Used in Dentistry
Did you know that lasers have been used in dentistry since 1990? Dental lasers can be used as a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of dental procedures. At Dr. Yolonda Cruz Dentistry in Toronto, we use dental lasers in conjunction with other dental instruments.
Uses for Dental Lasers in Dental Procedures
Dental lasers can be used to:
- reduce the discomfort of canker and cold sores.
- remove muscle attachments that limit proper movement.
- perform biopsy procedures.
- remove inflamed gum tissues and aid in the treatment of gum disease.
- remove or reshape gum and bone tissues during crown lengthening procedures.
- help treat infections in root canals.
- manage gum tissue during impressions for crowns or other procedures.
- remove overgrown tissues caused by certain medications.
- Accelerate tooth whitening procedures.
- expose partially erupted wisdom teeth.
Benefits of Using Dental Lasers
- reduce the need for drilling.
- reduction of symptoms and healing times.
- reduction in the amount of bacteria in diseased gum tissue and in tooth cavities.
- reduced need for anesthesia in some procedures.
- allows for more precision in dental procedures.
- reduced bleeding during surgery.
Laser Gum Shaping
Laser gum contouring uses a specially designed dental laser to correct certain periodontal conditions such as gummy smiles and asymmetrical gum tissues. This dental procedure has esthetic and functional value and is an alternative to the use of a traditional scalpel for treating a gummy smile-line. Advantages include reduction in bleeding and discomfort and patients do not have to endure uncomfortable cutting and suturing. The laser vaporizes the excessive gum tissue, seals the wound, and reduces the chance of infection by killing harmful bacteria.
Dr. Cruz may conduct laser gum shaping as a stand-alone procedure or in conjunction with another dental procedure, such as veneers in order to create a proportional, natural looking smile. Gum re-contouring may also be done as a part of a crown-lengthening procedure where the gum and bone tissue are reshaped to expose more of the tooth. This procedure is ideal for patients with short and worn-out teeth.
Although dental lasers are very useful, they are not used in all dental procedures. And may not benefit all patient cases. At the dental office Dr. Yolonda Cruz Dentistry in Toronto, our staff will evaluate your dental needs and determine if the use of dental lasers would benefit your dental treatment. Give us a call to find out more: Downtown office 416-595-5490 or Etobicoke office 647-951-8888.