Humans seem to be natural innovators, and finding new and better ways to care for teeth, oral health and smiles is no exception. One of the most exciting innovations for patients is the use of laser dentistry in Greenwood, IN to make preventive care, restorations and cosmetic dental procedures faster and safer, while producing less discomfort and speeding up recovery time.
Lasers in Preventive Dentistry
It is still vital to your smile that you brush twice a day at home, and floss once daily. Your dentist and trusted staff also need to see you about every six months, for in-office checkups and cleanings, so we can monitor any changes in your smile. During these appointments, we carefully clean your teeth and examine the health of your gums and other oral structures. If we see signs of early or more advanced periodontal trouble, laser dentistry gives us a safe and comfortable option for treatment. The focused laser beam can reach beneath the gumline, to neutralize bacteria and trim away infected tissue, allowing healthy gums to regenerate, and form a tight seal with tooth surface. Using a dental laser for these services allows you to forego extended scraping with hard instruments, and instead let the laser do the work.
Lasers in Restorative Dentistry
When laser dentistry is employed to treat oral health issues, patients generally experience less pain and bleeding, and enjoy faster recovery times. If a checkup and cleaning exposes a cavity, a laser can help precisely remove the decay, and harden the filling put in place to protect the injured tooth. Lasers can also be used to treat cold sores quickly, rather than enduring the natural life of the cold sore, or undergoing a treatment that might take weeks.
Lasers in Cosmetic Dentistry
It is true that over time, teeth gradually tend to yellow or look dull. Even if you are painstaking about avoiding brightly colored foods and dark beverages, the natural changes of tooth enamel means teeth lose some of their brightness as we age. However, laser dentistry can be used to break up stains and lighten teeth by several shades or more, usually in a single appointment. Lasers can also be used for cosmetic gum contouring, since they can precisely trim away excess gum tissue with a minimum of bleeding, and without the need for sutures. After gum contouring, patients can enjoy teeth that look larger, and the appropriate size for their smile.
Don’t Let Laser Dentistry Pass You By
There are many ways laser dentistry could benefit your smile. To learn more, contact us today or call 317-535-7141 for an appointment. We see patients throughout the greater Greenwood area.