Here at Shoreline Dental Studio, we incorporate the latest in soft tissue lasers to offer our patients the latest proven technology in preventing and treating gum disease. Our Biolase Epic X soft tissue laser is used by both our dental hygiene team as well as the doctors in our office to maximize hygiene and patient comfort.
Our laser-certified dental hygienists may offer laser bacterial reductions at the outset of a cleaning to reduce bacteria levels in the patient’s mouth prior to any cleaning or periodontal treatment. Disinfecting the bacteria in the periodontal pockets can provide significant health effects. Studies continue to show a correlation between gum disease and bacteria as well as a healthy heart and other cardiovascular related issues.
The laser may also be used in more invasive periodontal therapy that helps remove diseased gum tissue. This allows the healthy gums an improved chance at reattaching to the tooth structure, preventing further disease and bone loss.
The laser can also be used by Dr. Ritzau to help reshape overgrown gum tissue, disinfect and destroy oral lesions such as canker or cold sores, help reduce pain or swelling associated with TMJ, or even to whiten your teeth. Be sure to ask about how the laser can be used to help you at your next visit.
Does it hurt?
For patients seeking bacterial reduction, the procedure takes less than 3 minutes, and most patients hardly even notice. For other laser procedures, topical and local anesthetic may be used to keep patients comfortable.
How do they work?
All lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. When used for surgical and dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of tissue that it comes in contact with. When used in teeth-whitening procedures, the laser acts as a heat source and enhances the effect of tooth-bleaching agents.