Lasers have been used in dentistry for several decades. They are extremely versatile and have dozens of applications; they are most commonly used to contour the hard or soft tissues of the mouth and kill bacteria.
Dr. Ray Carpenter, a Rancho Bernardo laser dentistry specialist, has found that using a laser reduces or eliminates a lot of fear and discomfort among his patients. Whatever dental issue you are facing, Dr. Carpenter is happy to assess whether you are a candidate for laser dentistry. Lasers are not appropriate for every dental procedure, but Dr. Carpenter uses them when possible.
What Is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry is the process of using a sophisticated laser to treat problems with the teeth and gums. Dr. Carpenter is trained to use the Erbium laser, which produces a very intense beam of light energy to remove or shape tissue. This process is extremely precise — arguably more so than using a dental drill.
Laser dentistry makes complex treatments less invasive and the entire dental experience more relaxing for the patient.
Laser Gum Treatment
Lasers can be used in cosmetic or restorative gum treatment. For example, Dr. Carpenter can use a laser to remove excess gum tissue and reveal more of the natural tooth structure, which is a procedure known as crown lengthening. He can also reshape the gums to better frame the teeth, improving the proportion of teeth-to-gums and fixing what is sometimes referred to as a “gummy smile.”
Alternatively, Dr. Carpenter may use a laser to treat infected gums or bacteria between the teeth and gums that can cause periodontal disease, bleeding gums, gum recession and even tooth loss. The laser is highly effective at killing bacteria and may even stimulate gum tissue growth. As it works, it seals off the blood vessels and nerve endings to for less post-operative pain and bleeding, and a faster recovery.
Laser dentistry can remove growths or excess tissue in the mouth, or release connections that restrict the movement of the tongue or cause the gums to recede.
Learn More about Laser Dentistry
For more information about how lasers are used in dentistry, contact our Rancho Bernardo laser dentistry specialist, Dr. Ray Carpenter. Call (858) 487-2301 or email us today to set up a consultation.