Laser dentistry applications rely on laser energy rather than traditional drills, scalpels, and other metal tools to successfully treat and prevent numerous conditions affecting your oral health, including moderate to severe periodontal (gum) disease.
The expert team at Union Square Dental, in the Flatiron District of New York City, provides patients of all ages with the most effective and advanced care available for all of your oral health needs.
Take a moment to learn how laser dentistry for gum disease meets our rigorous standards for our patients’ safety, comfort, and satisfaction.
How does laser dentistry work?
Advanced laser platforms designed for use in dentistry emit a very narrow and focused beam of light energy that effectively removes or reshapes targeted tissue without the need for traditional dental tools such as scalpels or drills.
Varying laser wavelengths ensure your provider’s ability to employ the appropriate level of energy when treating hard or soft tissue.
In the case of moderate to severe gum disease, your Union Square specialist combines laser energy with traditional planing and scaling methods to remove bacteria-friendly plaque and tartar and eliminate diseased gum tissue.
When not using a laser, your dentist must cut away diseased tissue and/or create an incision at the gumline that allows them to move aside tissue that’s blocking access to the tooth root.
The laser effectively replaces a standard surgical scalpel, allowing your provider to access tooth surfaces above and below the gumline with great speed and precision.
What are the benefits of laser dentistry for gum disease?
In the hands of a skilled professional, laser dentistry offers several benefits in gum disease treatment, including:
- Less bleeding, pain, and swelling
- Quicker recovery and healing
- No need for sutures
- Faster treatment times
- Less risk of post-surgical infection due to sterilizing effects of the laser
- Greater precision in performing very intricate procedures
- Reduced need for anesthesia
Note that laser gum treatments also encourage new bone and soft tissue growth that helps prevent future tooth loss.
Are laser dentistry treatments safe?
Dental lasers are FDA-approved and considered safe and effective in the hands of skilled dental professionals who are trained in their use.
Our specialists have extensive experience in laser dentistry. We also use the most advanced laser system available to provide a variety of treatments aimed at restoring your smile and protecting your oral health.
Laser dentistry isn’t meant to replace all traditional dental techniques. It can, however, provide highly effective results for:
- Identifying early tooth decay
- Cavity removal
- Dental fillings
- Gingival (gum tissue) contouring
- Crown lengthening
- Tooth whitening
- Treatment for tooth sensitivity
- Removing tissue abnormalities related to ill-fitting dentures
If your dentist recommends laser dentistry as part of your care strategy, they discuss the pros and cons of the procedure in detail with you before scheduling your treatment.
Many of our patients greatly appreciate the speed at which laser dentistry treatments are performed, the reduced need for anesthesia, and a quicker return to their daily routine. Most notably, however, the treatments offer stellar, smile-worthy results.
If you’re interested in exceptional oral health care that’s focused on your comfort and satisfaction, schedule a visit at Union Square Dental today.