Advances in dental technology are transforming once painful procedures into painless solutions. Laser dentistry is one such breakthrough. We’re proud to offer this incredible technology to patients of our Jensen Beach dental practice.
What is Laser Dentistry?
A narrow, yet powerful beam of light energy is used to resolve a multitude of dental health issues. Dr. Dennis Rinaldi is among a select few dentists who utilize laser dentistry to remove decay and prepare teeth for fillings. In almost every case, the laser negates the need for drilling, shots or anesthesia. This makes laser dentistry an ideal method for patients with low pain thresholds and dental anxieties.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
Most cavities develop on the molars, but sometimes they can form on teeth that are visible when you smile. Our laser offers unsurpassed precision when eliminating decayed tooth structure from the front teeth and gum line. Because the laser is so exact, it removes only the necessary portion of tooth. This minimal removal of tooth structure allows for our composite fillings to be more discreet and your smile to appear perfectly natural after treatment. Drills aren’t as accurate as the laser, and may produce painful microfractures that compromise the tooth’s stability.
The laser’s bactericidal effect is an added benefit of laser dentistry. When treating hard or soft tissues for a variety of purposes, the laser kills surrounding bacteria and sterilizes the area while keeping healthy tooth structure and gum tissue unharmed. Not only will dangerous and unsightly decay be quickly and comfortably removed with the laser, your smile will reach a new level of clean. No anesthesia is needed in the majority of cases. That means no shots and no drill!
Periodontal Laser Treatment
We also perform less invasive laser periodontal surgery to treat mild to moderate gum disease. This differs from traditional periodontal treatment that requires a dentist to cut open the gums to treat the infection and then suture them back in place. Dr. Rinaldi passes the laser between the teeth and gum removing tartar and diseased tissue.
Periodontal disease affects more than 75% of the population. The vast majority of people are unaware they are showing the first signs of this silent disease until it is already in the advanced stages. Periodontal disease is serious because recent research has helped us understand the oral systemic link between gum disease and many health problems like heart disease and diabetes.
Benefits of this method include:
- Less invasive than conventional gum disease surgery
- Little to no discomfort after the procedure
- Highly effective at achieving gum reattachment to teeth and new tissue growth
- Faster recovery
The laser also can be used for cosmetic purposes, such as reshaping and removing excess gum tissue.