Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentistry located in Laurel Heights, San Francisco, CA
Laser technology provides numerous benefits for dental patients, from diagnostics to advanced treatments. Alex Pastel, DDS, and Leah Life, DDS, of Pastel Dental, excel in using laser dentistry techniques for teeth whitening and virtually painless surgical procedures at their practice in the Laurel Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California. Find out more about laser dentistry’s benefits by calling Pastel Dental today or book an appointment online.
Laser Dentistry Q & A
What is laser dentistry?
Laser dentistry is a precision technology that uses highly focused light energy. The Pastel Dental team uses laser dentistry techniques to perform a range of procedures that offer patients an effective method of receiving dental treatment.
There are two types of dental lasers. Hard lasers are for cutting into teeth and bones, while soft lasers are ideal for the more delicate tissues. Lasers cause very little pain as they seal your blood vessels and nerves as they go.
The use of lasers in dentistry is still expanding. You can be assured that the dentists at Pastel Dental have the skills and experience to use laser techniques safely and with considerable expertise.
What are the advantages of laser dentistry?
Laser dentistry has several notable advantages over other methods. Laser treatment of soft tissues often doesn't require stitching afterward, and you may not need any anesthetic either for some procedures.
Lasers encourage blood to clot, so you bleed far less, and they have a sterilizing effect that reduces the risk of infection. Laser dentistry minimizes damage to the surrounding tissues and the wounds lasers make heal faster as laser energy helps promote tissue regeneration.
How is laser dentistry used?
Laser dentistry can perform a variety of functions, including:
- Sealing tooth roots to address sensitivity
- Reshaping gum tissue
- Crown lengthening
- Releasing a tight frenulum
- Removing soft tissue folds caused by ill-fitting dentures
There are other areas in which laser technology is having an impact on dentistry, too. For example, optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a safe way of viewing the inside of your teeth and gums.
Laser dentistry can play a role in the painless removal of benign tumors from your gums, palate, lips, and cheeks, and it provides a more comfortable option for treating cold sores. Lasers also offer a faster way of performing teeth whitening.
Damaged blood vessels and nerves could regenerate more quickly with the use of photobiomodulation or low-level laser therapy, and laser-assisted uvuloplasty (LAUP) is an innovative solution to treating sleep apnea.
To learn more about laser dentistry and its benefits, call Pastel Dental today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.