Patients discover laser dentistry uses from a Richmond, VA laser dental clinic
Located in Richmond, VA, Dr. Olivia Hart and the professional team at Richmond Family Dentistry put their patients’ health first. As a holistic dental practice, the focus is on the health and wellness of the whole patient. This comes with the understanding that the health of the mouth affects the body. Materials, technologies, and procedures are selected to ensure their safety and compatibility with the individual patient. Patients searching for a laser dental clinic can rest easily knowing Dr. Hart and her team offer laser dentistry services that are safe and fall under her holistic practice ideals.
Advanced laser technologies now allow dentists to perform intricate procedures with less patient discomfort and downtime. Depending on the procedure, treatments may be performed without the need for needles or loud drills. This makes trips to the dentist more pleasant and less anxiety-filled.
Laser dentistry uses
Laser dentistry is a precise, effective way to perform many dental procedures. The laser allows the dentist to control the power output and duration of exposure on the targeted tissue. This allows for a specific area of focus without damaging the surrounding tissues. Laser treatments can be customized and altered based on the patient’s unique needs.
Lasers use intense light energy to target and address problem areas. The energy is focused on the problem and can be used to remove bacteria, treat infections, clean the teeth and gums, or cut away tissue. Lasers are faster, more efficient, and quieter than dental drills. Not only does this ease dental fears, but lasers also come with less discomfort and often an easier healing process than with conventional dentistry. Many procedures are performed without pain, anesthesia, or drilling.
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In a laser dental clinic, lasers have a number of uses. The FDA has approved a number of hard tissue and soft tissue lasers for dental treatment in adults and children. Every laser is different and has unique characteristics designed for specific dental procedures. Since the dentist controls the laser throughout the treatment, the procedure is customized and patients are treated on an individual basis based on his/her needs. The dentist can adjust the depth and speed of the laser. Laser uses in dentistry may include the following:
- Deep dental cleanings
- Lesion removal
- Treatment of dental abscesses
- Periodontal therapy
- Cavity treatment
- Crown lengthening
- Inlays and onlays
For patients with tooth decay, the laser precisely removes the decay within the tooth leaving the healthy part of the tooth undamaged. More of the healthy tooth can be maintained with laser treatments for cavity removal. The surrounding enamel is prepared for a filling. As a periodontal therapy, lasers are used to remove bacteria to keep it from spreading and then to reshape the gums. Excess gum or soft tissue is safely and efficiently removed. Biopsies and lesion removals can be performed with lasers as well.
We also proudly offer Nightlase and Smoothlase treatments. Nightlase addresses snoring and sleep apnea. This laser treatment treats and tightens the tissues of the oropharynx to reduce the vibrations of snoring. Smoothlase uses laser energy to smooth wrinkles and rejuvenate the skin. This is done by treating the cheek tissues inside the mouth to tighten collagen and firm the skin reducing the depth of wrinkling.
Advantages of laser treatment
Lasers have been used in the medical and dental fields for years. Advancements in the technology allows physicians and dentists to perform intricate procedures safely, efficiently, and effectively. In dentistry, lasers often reduce dental anxieties as a drill is no longer needed. The distinct sounds and smells of drills bring about fears or stress in many patients. Lasers are quieter, faster, and often more effective. Less discomfort, downtime, and recovery time are needed with laser treatments. Wounds heal quickly and the tissues can be regenerated. Patients have less bleeding, less swelling, and faster healing.
With laser technology, a concentrated beam of light that is trained on the treatment site. The energy vaporizes the damaged or infected areas while clotting exposed blood vessels to inhibit blood loss and to promote healing. Bacterial infections are minimized as the laser sterilizes the treatment site. In many cases, lasers minimize the need for more invasive surgeries. Benefits of laser dentistry include the following:
- Less recovery time including less discomfort, bleeding, and swelling
- Diminished need for anesthesia
- Less scarring
- No stitches needed
Dr. Hart and her team are committed to a healthy, patient-centered approach to dentistry that preserves the health and beauty of patients’ smiles. Laser dentistry combines state-of-the-art technology with safe treatments for a healthy result. Our practice offers laser treatments that allow us to reinvent and improve the dental experience.
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