Laser dentistry is a minimally invasive treatment that uses laser technology, focused light beams, in many procedures to detect cavities early, remove decay within a tooth, reshape the gums, take out bacteria or whiten teeth. Laser means “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation,” an instrument that creates light energy in a narrow beam that removes or shapes a tissue in the mouth.
Laser dentistry can be a precise and effective way to perform dental procedures based on the output of power and the duration of exposure on the gum tissue or tooth structure. The amazing part is how it can treat and focus on specific areas without damaging surrounding tissues. Compared to drills, laser dentistry can be a more comfortable treatment choice for many dental procedures involving hard or soft tissue. We will make your treatment of laser dentistry in Beverly Hills pleasant and rejuvenate your oral health.
A Beverly Hills laser dentistry appointment is really not that different from any other dental procedure. But it is more efficient, cost effective, and comfortable. You won’t feel discomfort from the laser the way you do from a drill. Your mouth will be propped open, as with any procedure, so the dentist can use the laser to treat your issues. Once the appointment is done, your recovery is smoother than a traditional treatment without any of the grogginess. Laser dentistry causes less bleeding than with the use of a scalpel meaning no open and bleeding wound. You have less of a chance of an infection too. You will likely feel little to no pain after your appointment.
There are two main types of lasers, hard tissue and soft tissue, with each one using a different wavelength of light and cut into a specific type of tissue. Hard tissue refers to the teeth and soft tissue to the gums.
Hard tissue lasers are used for treatments such as bleaching, dealing with tooth sensitivity, detecting cavities, diagnosing dental issues, growth modulation, prevention of cavities, removal of unwanted filling material and treating dentinal hypersensitivity. The laser has a wavelength that is absorbable by hydroxyapatite (calcium phosphate in your bones) and water that makes it effective for cutting through tooth structure. It cuts into the bone and teeth with great precision. The laser can be utilized in preparing and shaping of a tooth for composite bonding, repairing worn down fillings and taking out small amounts of tooth structure.
Hard tissue laser is a great tool for dental fillings and tooth preparation and destroying bacteria in a cavity. It can eliminate the need for a local anesthesia and a dental drill. The laser can also be used to seal tubules on the root of the tooth that gives a hot and cold sensitivity. Hard tissue lasers include the Erbium YAG and Erbium chromium YSGG.
The risks of laser dentistry are very small. The technique, which has been used for 30 years, is considered a safe and effective treatment. It can be done with other dental instruments. Your dentist will discuss with you the best treatment for you and what you need. Special glasses to protect your eyes from the laser will also be provided.
A Beverly Hills laser dentistry treatment offers many benefits for you, including:
A soft tissue laser has a wavelength that is absorbable by hemoglobin and water to work effectively for soft tissue management. The carbon-monoxide laser has the ability to destroy bacteria, activate the re-growth of tissues, lengthening crowns, minimize damage to surrounding tissue, removing tissue faster than with fiber optics and reshaping the gums. This laser penetrates soft tissue and seals blood vessels and nerve endings. It allows patients not to feel pain after the treatment and for tissues to heal faster. Soft tissue lasers include Neodymium YAG (Nd:YAG) and diode lasers.
WaterLase uses laser energy and water in a process called HydroPhotonics that perform a variety of dental procedures on teeth, gums and bone more comfortably than with a traditional drill-base treatment. A Biolase product, WaterLase uses a water-energized laser beam to cut oral tissue to achieve the same results as what you are used to. The all-tissue lasers have received awards for innovation and technology. WaterLase is a versatile and gentle combination of laser energy and water that make going to the dentist less painful.
At Rifkin Raanan, we use three primary lasers, the Diode laser, the Epic X laser and the Lanap laser each with various wavelengths that treat abscess, bacteria, herpetic legion, periodontal cases, TMJ pain, ulcers and whitening. Diode lasers emit a continuous wave that work well for soft tissue procedures like incision, blood coagulation, hemostasis and vaporization and also aids with tooth whitening. The Epic X laser allows us to treat you faster than ever before, help with teeth whitening and periodontal treatment and provide pain relief of minor pain associated with TMJ or other thermo-mandibular disorders. The Lanap laser is a great alternative to conventional surgery assisting with gum tissue reattachment, new bone growth and periodontal regeneration.
During your initial visit for an ozone consultation in our Beverly Hills dental office, you will be greeted warmly by our accommodating front desk staff. They will ensure you have everything you need and that you are 100% comfortable.
Your ozone consultation will consist of a one-on-one session with Dr. Rifkin or Dr. Raanan. During this session, the doctor will take the time to listen to you, hear your goals and concerns and take a close look at your smile. With all your information, he will be able to craft a treatment plan that is customized for you. Our thorough consultation process ensures that you will receive completely bespoke treatment and a plan that is tailored just for you.