Drs. Vocaturo and Lapine are committed to using the most modern dental technology that affords their patients exceptional care. The use of dental lasers improves the dentist’s control over output and avoids the use of needles resulting in improved patient comfort. This makes laser dentistry ideal for patients who are anxious when having dental work performed and are seeking the upmost in safety and comfort.
Dental lasers can be used for a variety of procedures by delivering energy through a highly concentrated beam of light. Laser dentistry can be broken down into two categories: Hard Tissue Lasers and Soft Tissue Lasers. Hard tissue lasers are used for the teeth and soft tissue lasers are used for the gums.
Hard Tissue Laser Dentistry Treatments
The hard tissue laser can be used to detect cavities by providing the dentist feedback on the by-products produced by tooth decay. They can also be used to eliminate bacteria in a cavity, allowing the dentist to precisely remove only as much unwanted tooth material as necessary. In addition to the above, hard tissue lasers can also be used to seal the areas on the tooth that are responsible for hot and cold tooth sensitivity.
Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry Treatments
Soft tissue lasers are often used in cosmetic procedures as well as well for restorative treatments. When a patient needs to expose healthier tooth structure the dentist can reshape the gums so that a veneer can be placed. Or, if a patient has what is known as a gummy smile, a dental laser can be used to improve the appearance of the gum tissue. Restorative procedures such as a laser frenectomy are used for children who have restricted frenulums or to help with speech impediments.
To learn more about the treatments and conditions that dental lasers can correct, contact your New Jersey laser dentists today.