More and more dental offices are integrating lasers into their treatments. Compared to traditional metal instruments, lasers cause much less pain (and can even eliminate the need to numb the mouth for a procedure), are useful for reducing anxiety, significantly reduce bleeding, and make it easier to preserve healthy tissue thanks to their precision. When you call Dr. Howard for an appointment, you can rest assured that you’ll receive the highest quality treatment modern dentistry has to offer.
The energy of a dental laser is extremely useful for killing bacteria in your gums and around your teeth. We often suggest laser bacterial reduction for patients who are at a particularly high risk of infection, especially if they’ve already undergone other dental procedures that could provide an opening for bacteria. This includes those with heart conditions such as mitral valve prolapse (MVP), heart murmurs, and a history of strokes and heart disease. The LBR procedure itself is non-invasive and virtually painless, so there’s no need to be anxious.
A deep cleaning procedure (such as scaling and root planing or a curettage procedure) involves removing bacteria as well as infected tissue and infectious debris from your gum pockets. A dental laser can be used during these treatments in place of a scalpel. Doing so will eliminate the need for stitches and will also help sterilize the gum pocket, meaning there is less of a risk of a new infection forming. Using dental lasers also helps accelerate the healing process of the soft tissue, leading to smaller gum pockets and increasing the bone height around your teeth. In other words, LAPT leads to a much healthier mouth. In addition to cleaning, we can also use lasers as an alternative for surgical periodontal treatments depending on the severity of your infection.
Are you bothered by how small your teeth look next to your gums? When there’s too much gum tissue in your mouth, it can affect the appearance of your smile. A gum re-shaping procedure will help your teeth look longer and makes way for any crowns or veneers you might need in the future. Dr. Howard prefers using a laser for gum reshaping since its precision makes it easier to remove exactly the intended amount of gum tissue.
If there’s a problem with the frenulum that attaches your tongue or upper lip to your jaw, you may start to notice a number of oral health issues, such as excessive space between your front teeth or even gum recession. We can remove an overly restrictive or otherwise troublesome frenulum with a dental laser, greatly improving the health and function of your mouth.
Are you afraid of receiving dental care? Does a particular procedure have you feeling nervous? Laser dentistry performed by an expert like Dr. Howard could be just the thing you need to feel at ease while restoring your oral health. Make an appointment at our San Marcos dental office today.