Laser Dentistry

Laser Therapy is now Available for Your Dental Hygiene Treatment at Ellerslie Dental Studio

At Ellerslie Dental Studio we are always learning and advancing our standard of patient care. We have recently added Laser Therapy in our Dental Hygiene program.  With a soft tissue laser we can help fight gum inflammation (gingivitis), assist advanced periodontal pocket healing, and alleviate cold temperature tooth sensitivity. 

Periodontal disease affects 80% of adults; this is a gum and bone infection caused by plaque biofilm and inflammation. When this bacteria is left undisturbed, the inflammatory process begins. With conventional teeth cleaning (scaling, polishing and root planing), our hygienists remove this biofilm, along with the hard calculus (tartar) deposits. Now with the use of a soft tissue diode laser, we use this focused light technology to destroy bacterial colonies under the gum.

The majority of the population struggles with tooth cold sensitivity. Laser desensitization is a new and exciting procedure that our office is able to offer. During a standard Dental Hygiene appointment, we can use the laser's energy to alter the tooth’s response to cold stimuli. Our Dental staff can help determine if this procedure is right for you. 

Contact our office today to schedule your dental hygiene appointment.

Laser Dentistry in South Edmonton 

In recent years, laser dentistry has superseded many traditional dentistry practices.  This style of dentistry utilizes intense beams of light projected by a dental laser.  Dental lasers can be used to perform a wide variety of treatments, including soft tissue shaping and removal.

The FDA deemed laser dentistry to be safe for public usage in 1990.  Since then, many dentists have incorporated dental lasers into everyday procedures – reducing bleeding, anxiety and post-treatment recovery times.  The beauty of dental lasers is that they damage far less of the surrounding tissue than traditional techniques – which means less discomfort and pain.

How can laser dentistry help me?

Laser dentistry is incredibly versatile and plays an important role in a growing number of common dental procedures.  Though laser dentistry is most notably associated with cosmetic treatments, it is equally effective for preventative purposes.

Here are some of the ways that dental lasers can be used:

  • Reshaping soft tissue – Dental lasers can dissolve soft tissue to expose more of the natural tooth (crown lengthening), reshape soft tissue to make “gummy smiles” more attractive, and remove uncomfortable soft tissue folds caused by denture wear.
  • Frenectomy – Lasers can improve speech and the feeding habits of babies, children and adults by untying the tongue.
  • Tumor removal – When benign tumors have formed in the soft tissue areas of the mouth, a dental laser can completely remove them without causing pain.
  • Whitening – Lasers can greatly expedite the tooth whitening process by increasing the activity of the particles in the peroxide bleaching solution.
  • Biopsy – Lasers are sometimes used to perform a biopsy on suspicious areas of soft tissue.  This biopsy procedure can be performed instantly and with great precision.

How are laser procedures performed?

Different types of dental laser have been created to treat different conditions.  Each laser uses a different wavelength of light, which predicates its best use.  The most common types of dental laser are carbon dioxide lasers and diode lasers, which are usually employed to treat soft tissue problems.  The dentist will decide which type of laser is best to use after conducting X-rays and a thorough examination.

The laser beam is extremely bright, and special glasses will be provided to protect the eyes.  The dentist will then direct the beam at the affected area and carefully dissolve the soft tissue or create a blood clot.

If you have questions or concerns about laser dentistry, please ask your dentist.  All services are provided by general dentists.