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What Is the Mid Atlantic Center for Laser Dentistry?
The Mid Atlantic Center for Laser Dentistry is a private dental practice that emphasizes the use of lasers and other high-tech equipment and techniques. It is also a teaching institution for dentists wishing to increase their knowledge and understanding in laser dentistry. Our founder, Dr. Joseph P. Trovato, is one of the country’s leading experts on the use of lasers in dentistry, and he brings that knowledge to the Center where he practices and teaches.
What Procedures Can Be Performed with a Laser?
A laser can be used in many different procedures in dentistry; in fact, some procedures can only be done with the use of a laser. Lasers started off as surgical instruments for cutting soft tissues such as the gums, lips, and cheeks. Modern lasers are now powerful enough to cut through teeth and bone as well. With a laser, we can remove decay, do root canals, extract teeth, bleach teeth, desensitize teeth, and detect decay in teeth. We can also treat gum disease, recontour bone, treat cold sores and canker sores, and remove growths and tumors inside the mouth. Additionally, lasers are also being used to stimulate healing in injured tissues. New treatment techniques are coming out every day.
What Advantages Do Lasers Offer over Traditional Techniques?
There are many different types of lasers in use for dentistry, and they all have specific advantages associated with them. For example, when removing tooth structure with a laser, there is much less heat produced when compared to a drill. This makes the procedure less harmful to the pulp of the tooth and also allows us to do the work without the need for local anesthesia. Preparing teeth with the laser does not create craze lines (cracks) in the tooth like a drill does, so the remaining tooth structure remains strong and intact. Lasers also kill the bacteria they come in contact with, allowing us to decontaminate the area as we treat it. Furthermore, lasers can cut and cauterize soft tissues, giving us a neater and easier field to work in. Most importantly, the laser can do its work with less collateral damage to the surrounding tissues than a scalpel or a drill.
What Are The Differences Between the Various Types of Lasers?
Lasers produce light of a specific wavelength; each wavelength interacts with different substances in its own unique way. Just like a black car gets hotter than a white car when you leave it in the sun, a laser’s specific wavelength can be used to create a specialized interaction with the tissues we are working on. For example, a diode laser gives off a wavelength that is very good at cutting gum tissues with little to no bleeding. It can also be used with special bleaching agents to whiten teeth. The “Waterlaser,” on the other hand, gives off a wavelength that is highly absorbed by water. It energizes the water, causing it to become a gentle cutting tool that can be used to cut teeth, bone, or gums gently and efficiently. Finally, an argon laser produces a blue-green light that can be used to cure filling materials, perform bloodless surgery, detect decay or cracks in teeth, and even bleach teeth when used with specific bleaching gels.
What Are The Dangers of Laser Dentistry?
Like most surgical instruments, improper use of a laser can create problems; however, today’s lasers have many built-in safeguards to help prevent accidental damage. There are several key rules that must always be followed no matter what: eye protection should always be worn when a laser is in use, a dentist should always have proper training before ever working on a patient, and the laser should only be used for what it is intended for. When we consider the potential damage that may be caused by the improper use of the dental drill or scalpel, the laser is a very safe tool to use in the dental practice.
How Long Have Lasers Been Used in Dentistry?
Lasers first made their appearance in dentistry back in the late 1970s. They have continually become more advanced since then and have been used in literally millions of dental procedures throughout the world.
Are Laser Procedures More Expensive Than Traditional Techniques?
Some dentists do charge a “laser fee” to help offset the cost of the laser. This is generally a nominal fee that ranges from $25 to $75. This fee is not normally covered by dental insurance. However, the Mid Atlantic Center for Laser Dentistry does not charge an extra fee for the use of a laser during a procedure.
What Are Some of the Common Procedures Done with a Laser?
Although there are hundreds of dental procedures done with a laser, a very common and very simple procedure is what we call cosmetic gingival recontouring. It is quite common to have front teeth with an uneven gum line, but with the aid of a laser, we can gently recontour the gum line to a more aesthetically pleasing shape. This procedure can be completed in minutes with no needles and no bleeding.
Learn more about our reliable laser dentistry services when you call our office in Kearny, New Jersey, at (201) 991-0177.