Laser technology has made its way into numerous medical and cosmetic applications. Nicholas G. Rendon, DDS, provides the most advanced dental techniques at his practice in Vero Beach, Florida. Dr. Rendon often recommends laser dentistry as part of routine services, since it can help you avoid traditional surgery and can be an integral part of restorative dental treatments. To learn how you can benefit from laser dentistry, contact the office by phone today.

What is laser dentistry?

Laser dentistry uses laser technology for a variety of dental procedures and to correct a multitude of dental problems. Lasers have been used in dentistry since 1989, and potentially offer a more comfortable treatment than more traditional dental methods, such as drills and other invasive procedures.

When laser energy reaches the soft tissue in your mouth, like your gums, your dentist can remove or shape the tissue, making many procedures easier, more efficient, and less painful than more traditional techniques.

What conditions can laser dentistry treat?

Laser dentistry can include both hard tissue and soft tissue procedures. Soft tissue procedures include treatments to the gums and oral soft tissue, while hard tissue procedures refer to the teeth. Dr. Rendon may recommend laser dentistry for a variety of conditions, including:

  • Gum disease
  • Reshaping gums
  • Root canal infections
  • As an adjunct to restorative dentistry
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Dental fillings

Laser dentistry is also ideal for cosmetic applications. It can be used for teeth whitening procedures, and to improve the appearance of a “gummy smile.” Using a laser to reshape your gums can help remove gum tissue so your teeth appear larger and more uniform in shape.

What are the benefits of laser dentistry?

Laser dentistry techniques may decrease your need for sutures. These treatments often minimize bleeding as lasers promote blood clotting so soft tissue can heal faster. With some laser dentistry procedures, you won’t need anesthesia, either.

Depending on the procedure, laser dentistry may involve less damage to the surrounding tissue in your mouth. Laser dentistry also reduces your chance for bacterial infections because the laser itself sterilizes the treatment area.

While treatments can vary in price, laser dentistry is often less expensive than other treatments because it typically involves fewer visits to the office.

If you’d like to learn more about laser dentistry at the practice of Nicholas G. Rendon, DDS, call the office today.