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Laser Dentistry

Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry can be a precise and effective way to perform many dental procedures. The ability to control power output and the duration of exposure on the tissue (whether gum or tooth structure), allowing for treatment of a highly specific area of focus without damaging surrounding tissues.

If you consider yourself somewhat of an anxious dental patient and are seeking extreme safety and comfort, consider looking Dr. Holsen who has incorporated laser dentistry techniques into his practices and treatments. It is estimated that 6 percent of general dentists own a laser for soft-tissue applications; Dr. Holsen is one of them.

Here are some of the major benefits associated with laser dentistry:

  • Procedures performed using soft tissue dental lasers may not require sutures (stitches).
  • Certain laser dentistry procedures do not require anesthesia.
  • Laser dentistry minimizes bleeding and aids in the clotting (coagulation) of exposed blood vessels.
  • Bacterial infections are minimized because the laser sterilizes the area being worked on.
  • Damage to surrounding tissue is minimized because treatment is confined to more precise areas.
  • Wounds heal faster and tissues can be regenerated.

Application of Laser Dentistry

The application of lasers has allowed Dr. Holsen to incorporating the state-of-the-art precision technology into a number of common and not-so-common procedures.

  • Cavity Detector: Low intensity soft tissue dental lasers may be used for the early detection of cavities by providing a reading of the by-products produced by tooth decay.
  • Dental Fillings/Tooth Preparation: Hard tissue dental lasers may eliminate the need for a local anesthetic injection and the traditional turbine dental drill. Lasers used in dental filling procedures are capable of killing bacteria located in a cavity, potentially leading to improved long term tooth restorations. The dental laser is not appropriate for the replacement of amalgam fillings, onlays or crowns.
  • Tooth Sensitivity: Dental lasers may be used to seal tubules (located on the root of the tooth) that are responsible for hot and cold tooth sensitivity.
  • Benign Tumors: Dental lasers may be used for the painless and suture-free removal of benign tumors from the gums, palate, sides of cheeks and lips.
  • Cold Sores: Low intensity dental lasers reduce pain associated with cold sores and minimize healing time.

Lasers represent an innovative and more precise technology for specific hard and soft tissue applications. You may find that you feel more comfortable and less anxiety during your treatments. Ask about Laser Dentistry when you call our office at 864-859-4111.