Welcome to the future of healthy smiles: laser dentistry in Ballwin and St. Louis, MO
You deserve the best that modern dentistry has to offer. That is why The DentaLink offices in Ballwin and St. Louis, MO are equipped with a variety of technology, including dental lasers. These versatile devices are used in many procedures, often reducing treatment time, improving results, and making the entire process more comfortable for our patients.
What is laser dentistry?
Lasers harness the power of controlled light energy. This technology is extremely versatile, because the wavelength and strength of light determines how it interacts with a specific substance. One laser might be powerful enough to cut through bone, while another is so gentle you would not feel it on your skin. It all depends on the design. What all good lasers have in common is precision and predictability.
In dentistry, various types of lasers are used for:
- Periodontal disease treatment
- Cosmetic gum sculpting
- Preparing teeth for fillings or other restorations
- Tooth contouring
- Oral surgery
- Cavity detection
- Much more
The benefits of laser dentistry
You may be wondering why you should care what type of tool or technology your dentist uses. However, it can make a significant difference in your experience, as well as the result. The many benefits of laser procedures include:
- Comfort – When using laser dentistry for cavities, we can often prepare and fill the tooth with no pain and no numbing anesthetic needed. That is because the laser does not put pressure on the tooth or create pressure like as drill does.
- Faster healing – A soft tissue laser can be used instead of a scalpel for gum surgery. This reduces or eliminates bleeding, and it does not require sutures. Recovery is more comfortable and speedier than traditional gum surgery.
- Safe and sterile – Lasers kill harmful microorganisms, therefore sterilizing the treatment site and reducing the risk of infection. Additionally, lasers do not splatter like traditional instruments do, and procedures often use less water. Therefore, laser dentistry can reduce aerosols, minimizing the risk of disease transmission.
- Improved cosmetic outcomes – The precision of a drill is limited by the size of the burr. Scalpels tend to cause micro-tears when used for gum surgery. However, lasers can etch and sculpt with exacting precision for stunningly beautiful results.
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Laser Dentistry at The DentaLink
What is laser dentistry?
Hello, my name is Dr. Allan Link, and I’m a member of the DentaLink I personally have been using lasers in my dental practice since 2006.
We have three different wavelengths: the Erbium, the Nd:YAG, and a wavelength of 810 nanometers.
What treatments are lasers used in?
We use our Erbium which is particularly good for hard tissue. We can do some fillings very conservatively without anesthetic.
The other thing that we use the Erbium for in conjunction with the Nd:YAG is for gum surgery.
Another thing that we can use the Erbium as well as the Nd:YAG on a lot of children, as well as adults, are tongue ties.
We use our laser when we do our root canals, which has been a game changer.
What are other uses of lasers in dentistry?
Our newest laser is called photobiomodulation. What this does is promotes healing.
Anytime I take a tooth out, I do a root canal, a large procedure of any sort will use this laser for a few seconds, and it helps promote a lot less postoperative discomfort and faster healing.
Another thing that we are using it for in seeing results is trigeminal neuralgia as well as joint pain TMJ joint pain.
What are the benefits of laser dentistry?
Laser surgery means no suture, no bleeding, very little postoperative discomfort, and healings faster with a laser.
It’s fascinating what a few treatments with this can be helpful when drugs and other things never seem to work.
If you come to the DentaLink, we love our lasers because it’s a fun game changer.