Comprehensive Laser Dentistry from Dr. Anna Lee in Glendora
Lasers have been available in dentistry for approximately two decades, with the first reported use in 1960. Laser dentistry has come a long way, and today, this technology is routinely used in many types of procedures. At Anna Lee, DDS, we offer comprehensive treatments using advanced laser technology. Learn more about lasers in the information below or call us for a consultation today!
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How Do Lasers Work?
A diode laser converts energy into light and allows us to do soft-tissue procedures with minimal discomfort and bleeding and speeds up healing. The specific types of procedures that are performed depend on the type of laser and its wavelength. A diode laser is a soft tissue laser, and its wavelength is 810-980nm. Our diode laser is a safe tool used to remove diseased and infected tissues in various dental procedures.
Laser Bacterial Reduction
Laser bacterial reduction therapy can be used alongside periodontal maintenance or after a regular dental cleaning of healthy gums. The energy from the laser penetrates gum tissue to reduce the buildup of harmful bacteria flora in the mouth.
This treatment decreases inflammation and infection and stimulates healing and new cell growth. It is a painless procedure that does not require numbing and takes about 5-10 minutes for full mouth treatment. We may recommend laser bacterial reduction as needed after your dental cleaning. It is a quick and inexpensive way to remove excess bacteria and encourage gum health.
Laser Periodontal Therapy
If you already have periodontal disease and are being treated with scaling and root planing, you can experience additional benefits from laser therapy. The laser selectively removes diseased tissues that line the inside of the gum around the tooth. The laser can also reduce the pocket depths, inflammation, and stop the bleeding. As with other laser procedures, new tissue is encouraged to regenerate after treatment.
Topical gel or local anesthesia can be used to make you more comfortable. Another advantage of the laser is that it can seal off the nerve endings and blood vessels. This minimizes discomfort and pain during and after treatment.
Treatment of Oral Ulcerations (Herpetic Lesions)
The laser energy kills the surface virus and inactivates the herpetic lesion, also known as a cold sore. Nerve endings are cauterized, so the symptoms (itching, burning, tingling, pain) subside. We treat the area for about 90 seconds and repeat it one to three times. The laser treatment speeds up the healing process for the cold sore lesion and you will feel better in a few days.
Treatment of Oral Ulcerations (Aphthous Ulcers)
An aphthous ulcer is also known as a canker sore. These sores originate from an autoimmune response and have a bacterial component, but no viral one like cold sores. The laser energy kills the bacteria and allows the tissue to heal quickly. The treatment protocol is similar to cold sores with the laser procedure used for about 90 seconds and repeated one to three times.
The laser procedure is also successful for denture or partial denture sores and lesions from orthodontic aligners or fixed orthodontic appliances.
The entire teeth whitening procedure is 35-40 minutes from beginning to end. The laser portion of the whitening treatment takes about 20 minutes of the procedure time. This includes preparation, applying the bleaching gel, and rinsing the teeth.
Laser whitening offers better whitening results when compared to other commercial light-activated whitening systems. Studies show that 74% of patients achieve a color that is 8-10 shades lighter than before treatment.
The degree of brightness you can get with laser treatment is influenced by your original shade, but not by gender or age. Laser treatment is quick and easy and causes less damage than other commercial light-activated whitening systems. We also recommend our take-home maintenance kit with upper and lower trays and professional-strength gel.
Laser Pain Therapy
Laser pain therapy delivers penetrating therapeutic warmth to relieve minor pain temporarily. It increases blood circulation and relaxes your muscles to alleviate joint pain and stiffness. You may benefit from laser pain therapy if you have:
- Pain and stiffness in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
- Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder
- Facial pain
- Dull and chronic headaches
- Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint
- Discomfort when you bite down
- Neck, shoulder and back pain
- Swelling on the side of the face
- Injury to the neck or head
- Clenching or teeth grinding
A laser therapy procedure takes about 5-10 minutes for each site treated during one visit. We recommend repeating the treatments over 3-4 appointments for optimal results.
Experience the Modern Benefits of Lasers in Dentistry
Dr. Anna Lee is a general and cosmetic dentist in Glendora, CA, and a certified Diode Laser Provider. She uses cutting-edge laser technology to assist with the treatment of periodontal disease, oral lesions, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain. Dr. Lee can also help you get excellent results with laser whitening. If you have questions about any of our laser procedures, call for a consultation today!
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