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Laser Dentistry

A dental laser.Laser dentistry is an innovative and minimally-invasive dental care option to treat teeth and gum issues. The FDA has approved 20 different laser treatments, and the American Dental Association says that it is cautiously hopeful about the role of lasers in dentistry.

How Do Lasers Work In Dentistry

Different lasers emit different light with varying wavelengths. When used in dental treatments, lasers act as cutting, vaporizing, and disinfecting instruments with certain tissues they comes in contact with. When used for teeth whitening, laser produces heat and hastens the bleaching process.

At JP Dental & Implant Center, you will be surprised to see that laser dentistry is quite similar to other dental appointments. You will first be given local anesthesia to freeze the nerves in the affected area, though you may not need as much as you would during traditional dental treatments.

Lasers will also cause no vibrations or noises that typically occur when we are using traditional instruments like dental drills. Lasers also cause minimal bleeding.

Uses of Laser Dentistry

There are several uses of laser dentistry:
•  Lasers can be used to remove small decay within the tooth and file away the surface enamel of a tooth to receive a filling.
•  Lasers can disinfect your tooth by removing bacteria.
•  They can be used to remove excess gum tissues to treat gummy smiles.
•  Lasers are used to treat cold sore pains and canker sores.
•  They can also remove gum tissues to expose wisdom teeth that have not erupted in the mouth.
•  They can cut out excess throat tissues that result in obstructive sleep apnea.
•  They can be used to regenerate damaged nerve.
•  Lasers can be used to perform biopsies which can be used to diagnose oral cancer.
•  They can also be used to treat hypersensitivity.
•  Lasers are used to treat tight or thick tongue frenulum attachment.
•  Laser dentistry is useful in reducing pain and inflammation in temporomandibular joints.

Benefits of Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry has several benefits:
•  Laser treatments may require less anesthesia in some cases.
•  My reduce anxiety in some patients who do not like drills.
•  It also minimizes bleeding and the need for sutures.
•  Lasers can also sterilize gum tissue reducing the risk of infection.

Limitations of Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry has several limitations, as well:
•  Lasers cannot be used on large cavities that need to be prepared to fit a crown or cavities between teeth.
•  Lasers do not completely eliminate the need for anesthesia.
•  Traditional drills may still have to be used along with lasers to shape or fill a tooth.
•  Laser treatment is also more expensive.

Risks Associated With Laser Dentistry

Lasers rarely pose any risks or complications if they are used only during FDA-accepted laser treatments. You may be requested to wear special glasses that will protect your eyes from the laser light.

Laser dentistry should only be performed by experienced and qualified dentists. That is why we recommend Dr. John P. Poovey and Dr. Wilcox at JP Dental & Implant Center who have had years of training working with dental lasers.

If you have an oral issue and would like to be treated with lasers, call us at (970) 822-7622, and we will see if you are a viable candidate for laser dentistry.


2412 Patterson Rd. #7
Grand Junction, CO 81505-1259


(970) 822-7622


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