Lasers in Dentistry

Laser Dentistry in Stuart, FL

Lasers emit light that has the ability to cut through hard substances, vaporize soft substances, or generate heat. This light can be harnessed, for the benefit of our patients, to facilitate procedures ranging from taking biopsies to curing a filling. Stuart Periodontics offers laser dentistry in Stuart, FL, to treat periodontal disease. Lasers are both safe and effective for dental use and have been implemented in numerous dental treatments:

  • Expediting tooth whitening
  • Filling a cavity
  • Treating periodontal disease
  • Extracting tooth decay
  • Removing oral lesions

During a professional tooth whitening procedure, a bleaching agent is administered to the teeth. When a laser is applied to the bleaching agent, it expedites the process, allowing patients to see dramatic results in about an hour.

Composite fillings are comprised of a resin mixture used to fill cavities. The resin is shaded to match the surrounding teeth and placed in layers. Each layer is hardened, or cured, with the assistance of a dental laser, strengthening both your tooth structure and your filling.

The use of lasers in periodontal disease replaces the use of scalpels. Without a cut and sew procedure, patients feel minimal pain and recover faster than they would after traditional surgery for periodontal disease. In addition, the laser protocol utilized by Dr. DeTure and Dr. Follweiler has been proven to stimulate the regeneration of bone.

Lasers can take the place of traditional dental drills. The laser can vaporize tooth decay, leaving a well prepared environment for a new filling.

When used as a cutting tool, lasers can clear away tissue without the need for sutures. This is ideal when removing a lesion and also when performing biopsies to determine whether cells are cancerous.

Lasers have been used successfully in dentistry for decades. As technology advances, lasers may be incorporated into an even greater number of dental procedures, with the purpose of improving the patient experience and patient health. Call Dr. DeTure and Dr. Follweiler in Stuart, FL to schedule your consultation for laser dentistry today.

 

Laser Usage in Dental Treatments

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted initial marketing clearance for soft tissue surgery in 1991. Since then, lasers have become an integral part of many common dental procedures. Dental laser usage generally falls into one of the following three categories:

  1. Disease Diagnosis
  2. Soft Tissue Procedures – Used in treatments related to lips, gums, or the tongue
  3. Hard Tissue Procedures – Used in treatments related to bone, dentin, or enamel

As science and technology grows more advanced, laser dentistry continues to evolve and expand into new areas of dentistry. Recent authorizations for lasers in dental treatments include bone re-contouring in the jaws and teeth as well as disease detection in tissues.

Lasers and Gum Disease – A Vanishing Act

With the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®), doctors can literally vaporize the bacteria and infected tissue that accompanies moderate to severe periodontal disease using the PerioLase® MVP-7™. In a single visit, LANAP® can completely vanquish gum disease without using a scalpel or damaging healthy tissue. The laser’s wavelength allows for an unprecedented level of selectivity when vaporizing and cutting tissue. Prior to LANAP®, eradicating gum disease required invasive surgery where dentists cut into the gums to remove the infection. Laser technology has completely revolutionized the landscape, enabling dentists to offer patients a minimally invasive, highly effective alternative to gum disease treatment for the first time.

Sources:

http://www.deardoctor.com/articles/laser-dentistry/page2.php
http://www.delawareperio.com/resources.php
http://www.lanap.com/patfaq.php

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We at the Stuart Center for Laser Periodontics and Implants, welcome you to our practice. We are proud to serve the periodontal needs of people from Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach, Indian River, Vero Beach, Palm City, Port Salerno, Hobe Sound, Fort Pierce, Jensen Beach, West Palm, Gardens, Palm Beach, and Jupiter, FL. Dr. Nick DeTure and Dr. Robert Follweiler are your Stuart periodontists, specializing in the treatment of gum disease. The Stuart Center for Laser Periodontics and Implants is a “state of the art” practice using the latest digital radiology, micro-surgery techniques and alternative treatments that are available. We pride ourselves in providing excellent, innovative and comprehensive care with compassion and understanding.

 

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