Laser dentistry is an important part of the care offered at Dr. HagShenas’ Los Gatos and South Bay-area practice. Lasers reduce or eliminate the need of anesthesia and make many procedures more efficient and comfortable for patients.
- Cavity diagnosis and removal
- Laser gum contouring
- Teeth whitening
- Periodontal treatment
- Pediatric procedures
- Aphthous ulcer (canker sore) treatment
- Frenectomy (tongue-tie, lip-tie release) without anesthesia or sutures
- Root canal therapy
Dr. HagShenas utilizes the following lasers for his procedures:
This hard tissue laser delivers light energy to the desired area which mobilizes small particles of water, resulting in a safe and conservative removal of tooth structure. Laser dentistry is used to remove enamel, decay, and gum tissue, with a shorter healing time than is experienced with traditional dental drills. Unlike traditional drills, there is no heat or vibration with Waterlase®, which makes procedures more comfortable for patients. There is also less risk of cracking of a tooth or removing healthy tooth along with the decay.
Dr. HagShenas uses this soft-tissue diode laser to reshape or remove gum tissue with immediate results and an extremely fast healing time. Gum tissue can be reshaped safely and comfortably with Lasersmile™ to create a harmonious gum line in relation to the patient’s smile. Teeth that appear to be too short, creating a gummy smile, can be cosmetically lengthened by reducing the amount of undesired gum tissue.
The use of this laser in the reshaping of gum tissue eliminates the need for suturing, leading to much quicker recovery for patients, in general.
Lasers have been used in dentistry to treat a number of dental problems. In our office, laser dental technology is used to for tooth decay, gum disease, and widely applied for teeth whitening.
It is utilized to clean up decay within a tooth and have the surrounding enamel prepared for receipt of the filling. For some cases, it is also used to cure or harden a filling.
During root canal procedures, lasers are used to reshape gums and clean up bacteria.
Lasers effectively shorten the time for the teeth whitening procedures as the peroxide bleaching solution applied to the tooth surface is activated by the lasers.
How does it work?
During the process, lasers deliver energy in the form of light.
For whitening procedures, the laser beam acts as a source of heat and thus intensifying the effect of tooth bleaching agents.
For surgical procedures, the lasers perform as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of the tissue that is being contacted.
For curing a filling, the lasers assist the process of strengthening the bond between the filling and the tooth.
Why it might be good for you:
As it may cause less pain in some cases, therefore it may reduce anxiety for patients that are uncomfortable with dental drill. It may also minimize bleeding and swelling for procedures that involve treating soft tissues.
However, there are few issues to consider:
Lasers technology is only available for selected dental procedures, for instances it cannot be used to fill cavities found between teeth. More, it may not be used to remove defective crowns or silver fillings. Laser is not applicable on teeth with fillings that are already in place. It has a higher price tag when it is compared to traditional dental drill.
Feel free to consult with our Los Gatos Dentists or let our staff tell you more about the procedures and cost of the laser treatments.