Laser Dentistry – Premier Technology & The Treatment of Choice:
Lasers dentistry represents an innovative and more precise technology for specific hard and soft tissue applications (teeth and gums). When using a dentist specializing in laser technology, experts have found dental patients experience more comfort and less anxiety during their treatments. Recent statistics show that only about 6% of all dentists use laser dentistry, and are still relying upon the older turbine drill technology.
Below are a list of major benefits associated with laser dentistry:
- The use of lasers presents a quieter, more comfortable alternative to conventional drilling methods and equipment.
- The use of certain laser dentistry procedures can eliminate the need for anesthesia.
- Laser dentistry minimizes bleeding as high-energy light beams aid in clotting exposed blood vessels. This process therefore inhibits blood loss.
- Using laser dentistry allows wounds to heal faster, thus creating new tissue sooner.
- Procedures performed using soft tissue dental lasers may not require stitches.
- Bacterial infections are minimized because the laser’s high-energy beam sterilizes those areas in your mouth being worked on.
- Surrounding tissue damage is minimized.
For the anxious patient:
When you become a client of Sunset Oak Dental, you can leave behind the days of being an “anxious dental patient.” So what makes Dr. Felahy different that most dentists? As mentioned earlier, only about 6% of all dentists have invested in the today’s finest dental technology—laser dentistry—and Dr. Felahy and Sunset Oak Dental is one of them. In addition to receiving advanced training in laser dentistry, Dr. Felahy is an expert and regular guest lecturer amongst California’s dentists and hygienists as part of his commitment to the dental industry’s continuing education programs.
With a primary drive to enhance patient experiences, use less anesthesia and allow for quicker recovery times, Dr. Felahy prides himself on being on the leading edge of today’s dental technology. This ongoing commitment translates into Sunset Oak Dental’s clients receiving the finest, safest care available, and an added measure of comfort seldom associated with the usual dental experience.
The future of dentistry: laser technology:
Laser dentistry is widely considered the preferred method for performing many precise and effective dental procedures. The use of this advanced technology allows for the non-invasive treatment of hard and soft tissues (teeth and gums) without damaging the surrounding tissues. In many cases, a local anesthetic injection is no longer required.
The application and use of lasers in dentistry opens the door for dentists to perform a wide variety of dental procedures they otherwise may not be capable of performing. Dentists using lasers in dentistry have become adept at incorporating state-of-the-art precision technology into most common (and many not-so-common) treatments and procedures.
Hard tissue (tooth) laser dentistry procedures:
- Tooth Sensitivity: Dental lasers may be used to seal tubules—located on the root of the tooth—that are responsible for hot and cold tooth sensitivity.
- Dental Fillings and Tooth Preparation: Hard tissue dental lasers often eliminate the need for a local anesthetic injection and the use of the traditional turbine dental drill. Lasers used in dental filling procedures are capable of killing bacteria located in a cavity, potentially leading to improved long-term tooth restorations.
- Cavity Detection: Low-intensity soft tissue dental lasers can be used for early detection of cavities by providing a reading of the by-products produced by tooth decay.
Soft Tissue (Gum) Laser Dentistry Procedures:
- Crown Lengthening: This procedure—when performed using dental lasers—can reshape gum tissue and bone to expose healthier tooth structure and provide a stronger foundation for the placement of restorations.
- Gummy Smile: Dental lasers are used to reshape gum tissue, which exposes your healthy tooth structure, and improves the appearance of an otherwise “gummy smile.”
- Muscle Attachment (Frenula): A laser frenectomy is an ideal treatment option for tongue tied children—due to a restricted, or tight frenulum—and babies who are unable to breast feed adequately due to tongue movement limitations. A laser frenectomy is also beneficial in helping to eliminate certain speech impediments.
- Soft Tissue Folds (Epulis): Dental lasers can be used for the painless and suture-free removal of soft tissue folds that are often the result of ill-fitting dentures.
Additional Laser Dentistry Applications:
- Teeth Whitening: Low-intensity soft tissue dental lasers are often used to speed up the bleaching process associated with teeth whitening.
- Cold Sores: Low-intensity dental lasers are used to reduce the pain associated with having cold sores. This procedure also minimizes healing time.
- Temporomandibular Joint Treatment: Dental lasers are often used to rapidly reduce the pain and inflammation of the temporomandibular jaw joint.
- Benign Tumors: Dental lasers can be used for the painless and suture-free removal of benign tumors from the lips, sides of cheeks, gums and palate.
Digital x-rays are quickly becoming the standard in dental imaging today.
Digital x-rays allow the doctor to obtain a better view of your teeth and potential dental conditions. The digital imaging software allows the doctor to see a number of different views of the tooth to gain a better understanding of the proper course of treatment. Digital x-rays provide a great benefit to the patient because not only are they an excellent diagnostic tool, but they decrease radiation to the patient by over 80%.
Intraoral cameras are an excellent method to allow patient to view potential dental conditions in their own mouth. It is much easier to understand what is happening in your mouth if you can see the problem on a computer screen. This digital image can be utilized to provide information to insurances and other doctors if necessary.
Rotary Endodontics, or root canal, is a method in which the doctor utilizes an electric handpiece to perform the procedure. The electric handpiece allows the doctor to clean and shape the canals faster than using hand files and because it s electric, there is no drill noise which is a much more pleasant experience.