laser dentistry

Laser dentistry provides a quick, convenient, and pain-free alternative to traditional oral health care. At Impressive Dental Care in the Bay Ridge neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, Lea Planzos, DMD, MS, Penny Planzos, DMD, MS, and Thomas Planzos, DMD, use laser dentistry to diagnose cavities, treat gum disease, do root canal therapy, and more. To make an appointment today, call the office or book online.

What is laser dentistry?

Laser dentistry uses targeted light energy to change or remove your mouth’s hard and soft tissues. Dental lasers provide greater accuracy and precision, resulting in fewer side effects, quicker recovery times, and improved treatment outcomes.

What problems can laser dentistry treat?

Impressive Dental Care uses laser dentistry for various reasons, including:

  • Canker sore treatment
  • Root canal therapy
  • Gum lifts
  • Cosmetic gum contouring
  • Exposing the wisdom teeth for extraction
  • Sleep apnea treatment
  • Detecting cavities
  • Preparing teeth for dental fillings
  • Tooth sensitivity treatment

You might also benefit from laser dentistry if you have a benign (noncancerous) oral abscess or tumor.

What kinds of laser dentistry are there?

Impressive Dental Care offers two kinds of laser dentistry:

Soft-tissue laser dentistry

Soft-tissue laser dentistry treats problems affecting the soft tissues in your mouth — the gums, tongue, and cheeks. The lasers vaporize the tissue, sealing exposed blood vessels at the same time.

Hard-tissue laser dentistry

Hard-tissue laser dentistry treats problems affecting your tooth enamel and bone. The lasers use powerful wavelengths capable of cutting through calcium phosphate; the material bone is made of.

What are the benefits of laser dentistry?

Laser dentistry offers several benefits, including:

  • Faster healing times
  • Less bleeding after surgery
  • Less pain
  • Reduced need for anesthesia
  • Lower chance of infection

Laser dentistry is also pinpoint accurate, meaning less healthy tissue will be removed.

What happens during laser dentistry? 

Laser dentistry is similar to traditional dentistry. The difference is that your Impressive Dental Care provider uses lasers instead of conventional hand-held dental tools. Lasers are much easier on your gums and tooth enamel than metal. As a result, you won’t hear any scraping during treatment.

Laser dentistry is comfortable and pain-free. But if you experience dental anxiety or have a sensitive gag reflex, let your provider know. Impressive Dental Care can give you nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to relax you.

What is recovery like after laser dentistry?

After laser dentistry, you might experience increased sensitivity and swelling, but these symptoms should go away within 24 hours. If they persist, contact Impressive Dental Care immediately. In the meantime, get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, and take anti-inflammatory medicine (ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin) if necessary.

To see if you’re a candidate for laser dentistry, make an appointment today at Impressive Dental Care by calling the office or booking online.