Laser dentistry is a fairly new addition to the oral health field, but it has proven itself safe and effective for a number of different procedures. Dental laser technology opens the door to many possibilities in dentistry, offering leading-edge treatments that commonly provide superior performance over many traditional methods. If you fear invasiveness of scalpel-based procedures or the vibration of dental drills, laser dentistry is your solution. Using painless laser energy, we can treat gum disease, detect decay, provide dental fillings, and other soft tissue procedures, without the worrisome sights, smells, or sounds associated with traditional treatment. To promote patient comfort and provide effective care, we offer many advanced laser dentistry options at our Glen Ellyn, IL office, including the BIOLASE® WaterLase® dental laser, diode soft-tissue dental laser, and the DIAGNOdent decay detecting laser.
Our WaterLase uses laser-energized water, or hydrokinetics, to gently wash away tooth decay with incredible accuracy. It can also effectively replace the drill for most dental procedures and treatments, eliminating the whine of the drill and the smell of drilled enamel. This technique comes close to the ideal of “painless dentistry” and is a great benefit to patients! This advanced laser dentistry solution provides no-pain, no-drill options for root canals, decay removal, cavity preparation, smile design, and general soft tissue procedures. In addition, it creates no frictional heat or vibration, reducing the dependence on needles for anesthesia.
The precision possible with the WaterLase means that less gum tissue and healthy tooth material is removed, leaving sound structures in place and thus damaging your mouth as little as possible in the process of treating certain problems.
Due to the lack of swelling, bleeding, painkillers, and so on, it is safe to carry out multiple procedures in one dental visit, thus saving time, money, and frustration.
The absence of bleeding in your mouth or numbed cheeks, lips, or tongue from anesthetics and dental sedation options means that the period immediately after treatment is far more pleasant than through traditional means.
The lack of open wounds greatly reduces the risk of post-surgical infection. Swelling and discomfort are minimized for a comfortable return to optimal health.
We additionally utilize a diode laser for soft tissue surgery, which has the advantage of sterilizing and removing tissue surgically, with minimal discomfort afterward and, usually, no bleeding. This laser technique is useful for many different applications. Like the WaterLase, our diode laser treatments avoid the pain, bleeding, swelling, and risk of infection involved in traditional scalpel surgery. The laser also does not generate heat and can thus be used with implants without compromising their structure. It is also safe to use with patients who have pacemakers. One great benefit of the laser is that it sterilizes, cauterizes, and destroys microorganisms (including some very persistent types) in the area under treatment, mostly eliminating the risk of infection. Healing time after the use of the diode soft-tissue laser is much faster than with traditional scalpel methods.
Our unique laser uses concentrated light to fluoresce decay within the tooth, with an ability to detect if a discolored area on a tooth is merely a stain, or if it is actual decay. This technology enables us to find decay sooner than it could be detected using the old-fashioned “dental pick.” This minimizes damage to your natural teeth and often helps prevent more invasive, expensive treatment in the future. Tests and trials have found DIAGNOdent to be more than 90% effective at finding decay at any stage, far above the accuracy that even the most skilled dentist with a pick can hope for. Our use of the DIAGNOdent laser is your assurance that any possible dental problems you have will be spotted early and dealt with before they can grow into larger ones. Alternatively, the advanced laser dentistry can be used to show exactly how far existing decay has gone, permitting precise treatment that neither accidentally leaves rotting material in the mouth, nor goes too far and destroys healthy tissue unnecessarily.