Providing the highest standard of dental care involves using modern and advanced techniques to help patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles in the safest most comfortable way possible. Orchard Hill Dental offers laser dentistry in our Hendersonville, NC office, which enhances our ability to treat the soft tissues of the mouth with greater accuracy, less discomfort and with minimal recovery time. Since its inception, laser dentistry has been allowing dentists to offer less invasive, more precise, and comfortable oral care treatments to their patients.
What is Laser Dentistry?
Dental lasers are used to improve accuracy and reduce recovery time for a variety of dental treatments. There are two types of lasers that have different uses, depending on the type of treatment:
- Hard tissue lasers: The hard tissue lasers are designed to cut through teeth and bone, such as to repair fillings or prepare teeth for reshaping.
- Soft tissue lasers: This type of laser can penetrate soft tissue and sealing blood vessels and nerve endings, which enables faster healing. These lasers are often used in treating gum disease.
How Does Laser Dentistry Work?
A dental laser is a hand-held instrument that delivers a narrow, very precise beam of high-intensity light. The beam only comes into contact with the targeted area, leaving the healthy tissues intact. This also makes the instrument easier to control so the depth and cut are minimized, so your treatment is fast, predictable, and easily controlled.
Laser Dentistry Benefits
Not all dental practices offer laser dentistry, but Orchard Hill Dental is proud to offer this revolutionary treatment option to provide benefits to patients:
- Minimal bleeding
- Reduced recovery time
- Less need for anesthesia
- No downtime
- No sutures
- More precision, leading to better aesthetics
Is Laser Dentistry Painful?
In many cases, patients do not require anesthesia during treatment with laser dentistry. Patients often choose laser dentistry because it provides a more comfortable treatment. Treatment time and recovery time are significantly reduced, allowing you to return to your normal activities sooner.
Laser Dentistry Procedures at Orchard Hill Dental
Our dentists use a soft tissue laser, also known as a diode laser, to treat patients. This laser is great for gum contouring to fix a “gummy smile”, or when there is an excess of gum tissue covering teeth. Using a laser to cut the tissue provides a safe and quick treatment option. The diode laser is also used to treat periodontitis or gum disease. Dr. Christy removes infected gum tissue from the tooth root so she can scrape plaque from below the gum line. This is called root scaling. Then, she will smooth the tooth root to prevent future infection, also known as root planing. If you’ve been putting off seeing a dentist because of fear of a painful, extended treatment and recovery, laser dentistry might be right for you. Schedule an appointment online or call our office at (828) 247-7001 today.