Conservative Care with Laser Dentistry
Laser technology has been used in the medical field for decades. Now, these tools are routinely used in dentistry to provide more accurate, less invasive care. At West Lake Dental in Loveland, CO, Dr. Andy Maples uses laser dentistry to offer more conservative care with less discomfort.
With a commitment to providing the highest quality care possible, Dr. Maples routinely attends continuing education courses to stay up to date on the latest technologies. In just one year, he completed 150 hours of continuing education.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
Laser dentistry offers a number of advantages. This type of treatment:
- Is far less invasive compared to conventional methods
- Requires no incisions and no sutures
- May not require anesthesia
- Causes less damage to the oral soft tissues
- Reduces bleeding during and after the procedure
- Minimizes the risk of infection and other post-operative complications
In addition to these benefits, laser dentistry is often recommended to patients who are nervous about visiting the dentist. In comparison to traditional tools, which often make a considerable amount of noise, lasers are almost completely silent. This lack of noise can make a huge difference for patients are stressed by the sound of certain dental tools.
How Does Laser Dentistry Work?
Lasers harness the power and energy of light. When calibrated specifically for dental procedures, lasers can create incisions in both a tooth and gum tissue with unparalleled precision. Each type of laser operates on a different wavelength, which is set to target a specific type of tissue. These devices also cauterize as they cut, sealing the tissue and reducing the risk of bacterial contamination.
Explore the Treatments We Offer with Lasers
At West Lake Dental, Dr. Maples most often uses this technology for cosmetic procedures such as:
- Gum contouring: When excess gum tissue is present, it can make the teeth appear small or irregular. Laser gum contouring can bring symmetry and balance to a gummy or uneven smile. With laser dentistry, invasive tools such as a scalpel and sutures are no longer necessary.
- Frenectomy: The small web of tissue that connects the lip to the gums and the tongue to the floor of the mouth is called a frenum. While it normally helps hold soft tissue together, it can sometimes do its job too well. A frenum that is too high, too low, or too thick can lead to spacing and gaps between the teeth as well as speech problems. Dr. Maples can use a dental laser to adjust the tissue and correct the problem.
While laser dentistry is a much more comfortable and conservative approach to treatment, some patients may still feel anxious or nervous about visiting the dentist. That is why we offer oral conscious sedation at West Lake Dental. This treatment option induces relaxation so patients can enjoy a comfortable dental experience.
Contact West Lake Dental Today
To learn more about laser dentistry or the other conservative treatments offered at our practice, schedule a visit with Dr. Maples. Contact us online or give us a call at (970) 669-1444.