Lasers to the Rescue
At Kalil & Kress, we’re into lasers. No, not the kind used to blow stuff up in sci-fi movies, but dental lasers. The use of lasers in dentistry continues to rapidly expand ever since the FDA approved the first use in the 1980s. Today we use lasers at Kalil & Kress to vaporize hard and soft tissue and to create specific chemical reactions.
Where do we use lasers?
At Kalil & Kress, we take pride in staying abreast of the latest dental technology. Here’s where we use lasers to provide the best care for our patients.
Lasers have become very effective when dealing with cavities. While they still can’t replace the drill, lasers have reduced its use. Here are some of the benefits of lasers when preparing a cavity for filling:
- Less tooth sensitivity
- Preservation of more of the healthy tooth structure
- Faster treatments
- Less risk of harming the pulp of the tooth
Lasers can also alleviate the need for anesthetic in some patients. Plus, their accuracy allows us to precisely remove the decayed portion of the tooth, keeping as much of the healthy tooth as possible.
We can now often use lasers to fill the role of the dental picks in root planing and scaling. Plus, by evaporating infected tissue, lasers are very effective for addressing periodontal pockets. We use lasers to reshape the gumline after dealing with those pockets, as well.
Addressing gummy smiles or fixing asymmetrical gums was a painful procedure before lasers came along. And recovery wasn’t easy. But when recontouring gums with a laser there is less bleeding and swelling, less follow-up pain, faster healing, reduced risk of infection, and greater precision.
Lasers play a key role in these oral surgeries:
- Root canals
- Frenectomy (for incorrect tongue function)
- Invasive TMJ surgeries where cartilage or bone need to be reshaped
- Biopsy to diagnose oral cancer
- Removal of benign oral tumors and lesions
- Pain reduction of cold sores
The next time you’re in for a checkup, ask us to show you our dental lasers at Kalil & Kress. Call us at 603-880-7004 to make an appointment.