To treat a number of dental problems, lasers have been used in dentistry since 1994. Once approved by the FDA, our Amesbury laser dentist, Dr. Sanford Greenberg, has been using laser dentistry very successfully and is pleased to be able to offer his valued patients this option. All lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. When used in dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument, or a vaporizer, of gum tissue that it comes in contact with. When used on a filling, the laser helps to strengthen the bond between the tooth and the filling, and when used in teeth-whitening procedures, the laser not only acts as a heat source, but it also enhances the effect of the tooth-bleaching agents. A big advantage to using dental lasers is that they damage much less of the surrounding tissue than more traditional methods, which means much less pain and discomfort for you.
Our Amesbury laser dentist can also use a laser to remove decay inside a tooth and prepare the surrounding enamel for the filling. Once your tooth is filled, lasers are also used to harden, or “cure”, your filling. In regard to gum disease, lasers can be used to reshape gums, as well as remove bacteria during your root canal procedure. Lasers are also used to remove lesions in your mouth and they also work to relieve canker sore pain. Dr. Greenberg is also able to use a laser to remove a small piece of tissue (a biopsy) so that it can be examined for cancer. When used during teeth whitening procedures, lasers speed up the whitening process by activating the peroxide bleaching solution. Even though laser dentistry has been mostly associated with cosmetic treatments, our Amesbury laser dentist finds it quite effective in preventative cases as well.
A main focus at Amesbury Family Dental, is the comfort of all our patients, and we know that the use of laser dentistry can help alleviate unnecessary anxiety and stress by having to use a dental drill. By causing less pain in certain procedures, the need for anesthesia may not always be necessary, as well as minimal bleeding and swelling in soft tissue treatments. Although laser is more expensive than a dental drill, many of our patients find it well worth it when it comes to feeling less pain, a reduced need for stitches, lower risk of bacterial infections after procedures, and less healing time.