Laser Dentistry – Falls Church, VA

Though the mention of lasers may bring to mind science fiction space battles, these days lasers are part of our everyday lives, from barcode scanners to concert light shows, & from manufacturing automation to dental care. Lasers are one of the most powerful leading-edge technologies that can be used in a variety of dental diagnostic & treatment procedures to improve patient comfort & results. We’ve adopted laser technology at our office in order to provide more efficient treatment & to make even the most nervous patients more at ease.

Lasers have been around since the 1960s & have been used in dentistry since the early 1990s. Laser tools for dentists are constantly improving & being refined with patient comfort & efficient treatment in mind. Dental professionals & researchers frequently find new & useful ways to apply the power of lasers to oral health. We stay informed about the latest advances so we can determine which technologies to incorporate into our practice. We are specially trained in the laser dentistry procedures we offer currently & will use lasers when it is appropriate for your dental care.

Sometimes having a system demystified helps put patients at ease, so here are the basics you may want to know about lasers. LASER is actually an acronym that stands for Light Amplification through Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Put more clearly, lasers work by exciting a particular molecule so it emits a photon, or light particle. This light energy is then focused into a precise beam, which can change the state of whatever it touches.

Changing the wavelength of the laser light changes the power of the laser. In dentistry, the lowest wavelengths are used to help see imperfections in teeth (such as cavities), scan the shape of teeth to create digital impressions, or to set composite materials for repairs such as fillings. Slightly higher wavelengths are used on soft tissues, such as your gums. The strongest wavelengths are used in the place of drills on hard tissues, such as the enamel or dentin layers of teeth. There are very fews parts of dentistry that lasers have not touched. For example, lasers may be used in root canals, gum disease treatment, cavity detection, tooth whitening & to set & harden restorative materials, such as crowns.

The most important advantage that lasers have is that they can make many procedures more comfortable than they would be using traditional dental techniques. This is especially important for nervous patients who are uncomfortable with the typical sounds & sensations of some dental treatments. In many cases, lasers eliminate the need for scalpels, drills, anesthesia & reduce post-procedure discomfort & healing times.

Hard Tissue Laser Dentistry

A hard-tissue laser is a dental laser that is used on the hard structures in your mouth. Essentially, this means it’s a laser that’s used on your teeth, which distinguishes it from a soft-tissue laser which is used primarily on your gums. Hard-tissue lasers are used primarily in the place of a traditional dental drill. Most patients find laser dentistry much less irritating or painful than the drill. As a result, many patients who undergo laser dentistry don’t need any anesthetic to numb the area being worked on.

The laser can be used to remove decayed areas on a tooth (while simultaneously disinfecting it) or to re-shape a tooth before a restoration is applied, such as a crown. Hard-tissue lasers can also replace acid etching to roughen the surface of a tooth to help bonding materials for fillings or crowns adhere better. We use a hard-tissue laser in order to make our patients’ dental treatment experience more comfortable.

Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry

We use the power of technology to bring another level of comfort & efficiency to our patients with the use of dental lasers. Our laser system allows us to remove or reshape the soft tissues of your mouth (such as your gums) during your dental treatment. Many patients report less pain or discomfort during laser procedures compared to traditional tools, with some patients needing much less or no anesthesia at all. Healing times are also greatly reduced with lasers. Whether the goal of your treatment is aesthetic or health-related, laser dentistry helps us bring you a comfortable & attractive result.

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