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Laser Dentistry for Gums and Teeth

What is BIOLASE Laser Dentistry in Northampton MA?

Laser dentistry is used for the treatment of teeth, bone, and gums. BIOLASE is an innovative laser treatment that delivers more comfortable, convenient dental care for our patients with conditions affecting the gums and other soft tissue. An effective gum disease treatment, BIOLASE does not require scalpels or stitches due to the energy emitted by the laser. If you need gum disease treatment, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sue Keller for laser dentistry in Northampton, MA.

Benefits of laser dentistry include:

  • Faster recovery times
  • Reduced need for scalpels and sutures
  • Reduced bleeding and inflammation
  • Minimized need for drills, needles, and anesthesia
  • A less stressful dental visit
  • Minimally invasive alternative to traditional procedures
  • Less time in the dental chair and fewer dental visits
  • Less risk of cross-contamination

Gum Disease Treatment Performed with Laser Dentistry in Northampton, MA

Busy patients and those with dental anxiety have been known to postpone much needed dental treatment to avoid uncomfortable surgery and lengthy recovery times. With BIOLASE, there are no incisions or sutures. Pain is lessened and healing is faster than with traditional gum disease treatment. We can remove bacteria and infected tissue, giving you an instantly healthier smile. And we can increase your comfort with sedation and nitrous oxide dentistry.

Nearly everyone is a good candidate for BIOLASE, but be sure to discuss any existing medical conditions and current prescriptions with Dr. Keller during your consultation so the necessary precautions may be taken. Laser dentistry is generally safe and effective for all patients, even those who may be precluded from traditional gum surgery.

Do You Need BIOLASE Gum Disease Treatment?

Gum disease symptoms can appear gradually, beginning with red, swollen gums that may bleed upon brushing or flossing. Without intervention, bad breath, gum recession, loose teeth, and tooth loss can occur as the infection advances. The presence of gum disease has also been linked to several serious medical conditions, such as heart disease and stroke.

Early gum disease treatment with BIOLASE can prevent many of these symptoms and restore the health of your mouth with minimal downtime. For your laser dentistry consultation in Northampton, MA, contact Strong & Healthy Smiles by Dr. Sue Keller today!

Lasers and Gum Disease

With the Deep Pocket Therapy (DPT) with New Attachment™, doctors can literally vaporize the bacteria and infected tissue that accompanies moderate to severe periodontal disease using the Biolase Waterlase Laser. In a single visit, Deep Pocket Therapy (DPT) with New Attachment™ can completely vanquish gum disease without using a scalpel or damaging healthy tissue. The laser’s wavelength allows for an unprecedented level of selectivity when vaporizing and cutting tissue. Prior to Deep Pocket Therapy (DPT) with New Attachment™, eradicating gum disease required an invasive surgery where dentists cut into the gums to remove the infection. Laser technology has completely revolutionized the landscape, enabling dentists to offer patients a minimally invasive, highly effective alternative to gum disease treatment for the first time.

Lasers in Dentistry in Northampton, MA

Since the debut of the first working laser in 1960, laser technology has become an integral part of many widely used products and services that affect our daily lives. Today’s medical professionals use lasers to perform a variety of treatments and procedures in internal surgery, dermatology, ophthalmology, and dentistry.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted initial marketing clearance for soft tissue surgery in 1991. Since then, lasers have become an integral part of many common dental procedures. Dental laser usage generally falls into one of the following three categories:

  1. Disease Diagnosis
  2. Soft Tissue Procedures – Used in treatments related to lips, gums, or the tongue
  3. Hard Tissue Procedures – Used in treatments related to bone, dentin, or enamel

As science and technology grow more advanced, laser dentistry continues to evolve and expand into new areas of dentistry. Recent authorizations for lasers in dental treatments include bone re-contouring in the jaws and teeth as well as disease detection in tissues.

See the Light

Laser is actually an acronym for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.” Unlike sunlight, which is made up of a continuum of wavelengths, lasers generate just one ultra-focused beam of light. This is why sunlight separates into rainbow colors when passed through a prism while laser light is only a single color.

Medical Laser Devices

Medical laser devices consist of the following components: a source of electricity mirrors to guide the beam, some type of semiconductor that emits specific light wavelengths when stimulated, and fiber optics that transport light energy. By harnessing this light-producing material and manipulating its wavelength properties, medical laser devices can treat or remove human tissue in various diagnostics and surgical procedures.