A laser is a device that uses light energy to perform work. Lasers in dentistry are unique because they can treat targeted tissue while leaving surrounding tissues unaffected. It is this property among others that allow our office to perform very precise procedures. Lasers seal off blood vessels and nerve endings during procedures lessening bleeding, postoperative swelling and discomfort. In many cases, due to their gentle and precise nature, lasers are used with little or no anesthetic.
Our office uses the Laser MD for hard tissue (teeth) and the Diode Laser for soft tissue. The Laser MD is used in a non contact manner creating less heat and vibration than traditional hand-pieces. The Laser MD also has an analgesia type effect making the use of anesthetic unnecessary in many cases.
It is estimated that over 80 percent of the adult population have some form of gum disease. The Diode Laser is used as a non surgical treatment for periodontal (gum) disease. After debris and calcified deposits are removed from the affected teeth, the Diode Laser is used to selectively remove diseased or infected tissues lining the pockets around the teeth. At the same time, the laser will kill the bacteria that cause gum disease and promote healing. The Diode Laser can also help increase circulation and collagen formation at the bottom of the periodontal pockets and help revive the attachment.
Our office can often alleviate periodontal disease using laser technology and patient participation in home care.
Additionally, Dr. Stender uses the Diode Laser to perform the following procedures:
- Clinical crown lengthening
- Soft tissue debridement
- Orthodontic tissue control
- Frenum release
- Cold sore treatment
- Implant access