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Laser Dentistry Uses: How We Enhance Your Smile

By Bruce Wilderman on January 13, 2016

A young woman smilingDr. Bruce Wilderman is a leading dentist serving the greater Philadelphia area, offering state-of-the-art general dentistry treatments. His commitment to advanced dental care has meant increased use of new technologies in his practice. These new tools make his work easier while also improving the overall health and wellness of his patients.

With that in mind, we'd like to go over some of the basics when it comes to the use of lasers in dental treatment.

What Is Laser Dentistry?

Laser dentistry refers to the use of lasers in the dental care suite. These lasers have a number of different applications treating hard and soft tissues as well as aiding with the diagnostic process. Laser dentistry is a major step forward in terms of effective dental treatment and giving patients lasting dental health.

Lasers for Advanced Diagnostics

One of the major uses of dental lasers is to aid in the diagnostic process. Dental lasers can pinpoint weak or compromised areas of tooth structure, helping identify minor cavities before they become more serious. Early detection is always best, and it's a great way to ensure a patient's dental health for years down the road.

Lasers for Enhanced Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening treatments can yield much better results than over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments, even relatively sophisticated tray systems. Thanks to the use of advanced dental lasers, the whitening effects of a bleaching gel can be greatly enhanced, helping remove stains and reduce the degree of discoloration you experience. Thanks to laser teeth whitening, you can have the brightest and whitest smile possible.

Lasers to Address Gum Tissue and Periodontal Matters

When it came to dealing with the gums in the past, the use of scalpels and traditional surgical tools was common. Now, many dentists tend to rely on soft tissue lasers. These soft tissue dental lasers cauterize as they cut, which means reduced blood loss, an even lower chance of infection, and improved patient experience when it comes to post-op healing.

The use of soft tissue lasers is a great option for aesthetically treating gummy smiles and addressing various health issues with gum disease.

Lasers for Drilling and Restoration Prep

What surprises many patients is that dental lasers can be used to treat the teeth. A number of dentists have begun using lasers to help prep a tooth with a cavity to receive a filling or a more advanced kind of restoration. These lasers reduce friction on the teeth and do not generate heat unlike a traditional dental drill. In addition, there is no distressing whizzing or whirring sound when a dental laser is used.

These dental lasers are highly accurate, and they help patients retain more of their natural tooth structure than if a traditional drill was used to prep a tooth.

Advanced Dental Technology Means Improved Dental Wellness

As you can see, there are many ways that lasers can be used to improve your dental health. During a consultation at our practice, we will be sure to go over all of your options for care in greater detail.

Speak with Dr. Bruce Wilderman About Laser Dentistry

For more infections about laser dentistry and how it can help you have a smile that is healthy and beautiful, it's of the utmost importance that you contact our advanced dental care center today. Dr. Bruce Wilderman and the entire team looks forward to your visit and helping you have a great teeth and gums.

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