FDA-approved lasers have been used since 1994 to treat a number of dental problems. When used for surgical and dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of tissue. Lasers are also used for ”curing" fillings, and help to strengthen the bond between the tooth and the filling.
At Serenity Dental Spa, we use a laser to reduce overgrown gum tissue and perform gingival crown lengthening or aesthetic crown lengthening. A laser can stop bleeding or expose an implant for further repair.
What are dental lasers good for?
Compared to the traditional dental drill, lasers can cause less pain in some instances, reducing the need for anesthesia. A laser may reduce anxiety for patients who fear the dental drill. Lasers minimize bleeding and swelling during soft tissue treatments, and may reduce the amount of healthy tooth lost during cavity removal.
What brands / types are the lasers you use?
We use pen lasers at Serenity Dental Spa. Zap Lasers created a cordless, pen-sized diode laser with disposable tips. Discus Dental (a subsidiary of Philips Corporation) refined the laser to the current state-of-the-art model.
How safe are dental lasers?
Dental lasers are nothing new, and are known to be safe in the hands of practitioners who have received proper training on how to use dental laser devices within their licensed scope of practice. Dr. Shahabi is a highly skilled practitioner of laser dentistry, and takes every recommended precaution to ensure the safety of her patients and her practice.