Dr. Siegel’s laser, the amazing Lightwalker by Fotona, is one of the most powerful and versatile in dentistry. Many dental lasers can only be used on soft tissue, like your gums. However, the Lightwalker is a laser capable of working on your hard tissue–teeth, and bones. This means that we can do many procedures without drilling.
With the hard-tissue laser, you can avoid many common problems with dental drills, including:
For many people, the sound of the dental drill itself can cause anxiety. They associate it with the discomfort they feel after having a tooth drilled. But with a dental laser, there is no whirring or grinding in your procedure. The sound of drills is in part because of the vibrations they cause. These vibrations aren’t just the kind you can hear, you can feel them when the drill touches your teeth.
The drill’s motion doesn’t just cause vibrations, it causes friction. This friction can cause your tooth to heat up, which can be painful and damaging. The vibrations and friction can combine to cause cracking in the drilled tooth. This means that the drill can potentially damage the tooth we’re trying to save.
The vibrations, heat, and cracking caused by dental drills affect the pulp inside your teeth. It irritates the pulp, which can cause it to swell. Swelling pulp is one of the most common causes of dental discomfort. This is why you can have a sore tooth after treatment, even if the treatment never reached the pulp of your tooth. With a dental laser, you can enjoy near-painless dentistry for many procedures, including dental fillings, dental crowns, and even the root canal therapy you’ve been taught to fear.
Bladeless Gum Treatment
In the past, many types of gum treatments required the use of blades on your gums. We know this makes many people nervous, and that’s part of why lasers are better. They let us treat your gums without ever touching a blade to them. When used for gum disease treatment or cosmetic gum reshaping, this leads to many benefits, including:
- Faster treatment
- Improved accuracy
- Less bleeding
- Less discomfort
- Better elimination of bacteria
Dental lasers let us work quickly. It is literally point and shoot, which means that the procedure can move essentially as fast as Dr. Siegel can point the laser. Wherever he points, that’s where he treats, helping him get outstanding accuracy of treatment.
The laser cauterizes as it goes–closing up blood vessels so your laser treatment doesn’t cause much bleeding. The concentrated treatment and lack of peripheral injury mean there’s less discomfort due to treatment.
The laser energy also kills bacteria in the treatment area. With gum disease treatment, this means that we’re able to more effectively remove bacteria deep in your gums, helping your gums to heal fully and quickly. With cosmetic gum contouring, the laser means infection risk is almost completely eliminated.
Relieving TMJ Pain with Lasers
Dr. Siegel also has a special laser that lets him treat pain related to temporomandibular joint disorders (called TMJ or TMD). The advanced Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Therapy Laser uses two different types of lasers to control discomfort and reduce swelling in your jaw joints and muscles.
Precise control of energy delivery lets MLS Therapy Laser is a non-invasive way to reduce pain and swelling in your jaw joint. No needles and no surgery are required–you just get periodic laser treatment to stimulate your tissues and encourage healing. This is more powerful than simple pulsed light treatment, but it’s not a laser that will burn you, just penetrate deep into the joint and provide the proper heating and stimulation to encourage healing.
Get Advanced Laser Dentistry at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell
If the thought of dental drills and blades make you uncomfortable, or if you’ve had poor results in the past, let Dr. Siegel can show you there’s a better method for dentists to perform procedures. Painless fillings and crowns, bloodless gum recontouring, and noninvasive TMJ treatment–all are possible with laser dentistry at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell. Call today to see how our advanced dental technology can help you have a better experience at the dentist.