The Versatility of Ezlase in Laser DentistryBy Cindy Fulenwider Greene, DMD
When you think of lasers, the word “dentistry” may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But lasers are becoming a trusted and valued part of professional dental care – both by dentists and the patients who experience laser dentistry. At BGW, we are excited to offer the incredible benefits that laser dentistry offers, specifically from the Ezlase.
What is Laser Dentistry?
If you have ever experienced laser dentistry, you know this is not something out of the latest science fiction or superhero movie but a very practical and helpful tool that can treat different dental conditions quickly and painlessly. The various treatments and procedures offered by lasers in dentistry can surprise even
The first introduction of laser dentistry began commercially in 1989, laser dentistry has slowly grown in use but is quickly accelerating. During laser dentistry, a dentist or dental assistant utilizes a narrow, focused beam of light energy to address a particular oral health concern. Laser stands for “light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation.” When a laser’s light beam comes in contact with dental tissue, it produces a reaction that allows the dentist to remove or shape the tissue.
The best news is that laser dentistry is comfortable and easily tolerated by patients – especially when compared to drills and other non-laser tools.
Laser dentistry is especially helpful in addressing:
Benefits of Ezlase
As we mentioned already, one of the best things about laser dentistry and the Ezlase is that is easily tolerated – meaning that laser treatments are often virtually painless. But there are so many more benefits to laser dentistry.
For example, laser dentistry often allows us to work on soft tissues (gums, tongue, and lips) without having to use sutures or stitches when we’re finished. And a laser dentist can also offer hard tissue procedures (such as on teeth).
Laser use also allows us to perform many procedures without anesthesia – which makes things easier on the patient (no need for securing a ride home or dealing with the after-effects of anesthesia).
And, because of the nature of lasers, patients experience far less bleeding and swelling during and after treatment. There is also less chance of bacterial infection after treatment – because the laser sterilizes the surfaces that it comes in contact with.
Wounds also heal faster, and tissues can be regenerated faster than with traditional dental tools, meaning a faster recovery.
Lasers also allow us to be hyper-precise and less invasive, which can lead to faster treatment times.
All of these aspects are why our dental practice pursued the use of lasers and includes them in our repertoire of dental procedures.
Disadvantages of Laser Dentistry
While lasers offer some incredible advantages to soft and hard tissue dental care, there are some things that lasers cannot do – at least not yet.
For instance, lasers cannot treat teeth that already have fillings in them. Lasers don’t necessarily work well with damaged oral restorations, and we cannot use them to remove bridges or crowns.
We also cannot use lasers to treat interdental cavities or teeth with excessive decay.
Different Laser Dentistry Treatments
Lasers are versatile enough to offer treatment to both soft and hard tissue oral health problems, and, at BGW, we offer Ezlase to help our patients receive the best care possible for a wide range of concerns.
These different types of laser dentistry can be for something as simple as producing a brighter smile to delicate and intricate procedures such as improving your speech and healing genetic gum disorders.
Let’s take an in-depth look at a few of these treatments.
We can use Ezlase to help whiten teeth and give you the gleaming smile you’ve been looking for – without resorting to continuous gel treatments, which can get tedious.
We can also use the Ezlase for cavity treatment, as the laser destroys bacteria within the cavity affecting the tooth. The laser is non-invasive but can still remove decayed areas before receiving a filling.
Extracting Excess Tissue
Some people have poorly shaped gums, and this can be due to either genetics or bad hygiene. However, we can use laser dentistry to counter this problem.
In crown lengthening we use dental lasers to reshape gum tissue, exposing a healthier tooth structure and to provide a strong foundation for a restoration placement.
We can also reshape gum tissue to help get rid of a “gummy smile” appearance.
Laser dentistry also allows for painless and suture-free removal of Epulis – which are soft tissue folds sometimes caused by dentures.
And if you have a benign tumor, we can also use lasers to remove such growths from gums, palate, sides of cheeks and lips. It is a painless and suture-free procedure
Laser treatment also means that you’ll have a faster recovery for these processes – because there is less bleeding and inflammation following laser dentistry,
Addressing Speech Issues and Gum Recession
Some people have tongues that are shaped abnormally which can cause difficulty with eating and speaking. However, we can use lasers to reshape the tongue frenulum attachment, which can produce meaningful changes to how the tongue works and improve speech patterns.
We can also use lasers to stimulate gum growth. During these procedures, we use the laser to target gums affected by bacteria. The laser vaporizes the bacteria and creates a more healthy and stable environment within the gum lining.
Treating Periodontal Disease
Our dentists can use the Ezlase dental laser to treat periodontal disease. We do so by utilizing the laser to remove diseased, infected, inflamed and necrosed (dead) soft tissue within the periodontal pocket.
Relieving Pain from Cold Sores
Despite their relatively small size, cold sores can deliver incredible pain and annoyance. The good news is that we can use lasers to reduce that pain and minimize healing time.
Are You Ready to Try Laser Dentistry?
If you are interested in trying the amazing benefits of Ezlase and laser in dentistry, the experienced and caring staff at BGW is here to help. Simply contact us today at 678-582-8099 or visit our website and let us help you determine if laser treatments are right for you.