A dental laser functions by generating heat energy in the form of light. The wavelength used varies from case to case, essentially depending on the type of tissue being treated. A laser can act as a cutting instrument or a tissue vaporizer as well, and is known for its ability to precisely target an exact area of the mouth, no matter how minute. Dr. Stephen D. Lipman employs laser dentistry because of the many benefits and uses it holds for Windsor patients at our practice, and also because of the greater ease and tranquility it affords the people we serve.
Dr. Lipman distinguishes himself from area dentists through his training, expertise, and use of the Waterlase iPlus. With this technology, Dr. Lipman can do some amazing things that his competitors simply cannot.
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Laser dentistry is the future of dentistry, and Dr. Stephen Lipman is proud to incorporate it into his practice. Lasers can be used to improve a number of treatments, including fillings, periodontics, and crowns. With laser dentistry, patients can enjoy minimal pain and expedited recovery times.
Laser Dentistry Benefits
Not all lasers are created equal. The iPlus is both a hard- and soft-tissue laser capable of modifying teeth, bone, and soft tissue with ease, based on how Dr. Lipman sets it. It’s the most advanced laser on the market today and it allows Dr. Lipman to perform a number of treatments that other dentists simply cannot do. Quite simply, just because a doctor owns a laser does not mean that he or she can perform the treatments made possible with the Waterlase iPlus. In fact, the chances are good that the dentist will not be able to perform what Dr. Lipman can!
Most lasers on the market today are diode soft-tissue lasers that are best used for cutting gum tissue only. These lasers are great for simple soft-tissue surgery like gingivectomies, but unfortunately, that’s about it. Dr. Lipman distinguishes himself from area dentists through his training, expertise, and use of the Waterlase iPlus. With this technology, Dr. Lipman can do some amazing things that his competitors simply cannot.
Lasers offer numerous benefits, especially when compared to that dental drill you grew up exposed to! Some advantages are:
- Significantly less pain during treatment
- Lessens and even eliminates need for anesthesia
- Reduces anxiety in those with a history of fearing the dental drill
- Minimizes bleeding and swelling during treatment
- Proven to be more accurate than the traditional drill
- Allows the dentist to preserve more bone and tooth during treatment
In addition to the benefits outlined above, the iPlus laser can assist the dentist in the following ways:
Tooth Extraction: Extractions are quicker and easier, with far less post-operative discomfort for the patient. Dr. Lipman recently performed a complex surgical extraction on a woman who exclaimed that she had little to no post-op pain or swelling following treatment, and was able to go back to work immediately. During her post-operative follow-up, she was ecstatic; a co-worker of hers underwent a similar extraction by conventional means and was swollen and in considerable pain following the procedure. She told her friend she saw the wrong dentist!
Periodontal Treatment and Bone Regeneration: By utilizing the iPlus laser in a process called Laser Guided Regeneration, also known as the Annapolis Procedure, in conjunction with Oral DNA Periodontal Pathogen testing, a patient’s periodontal disease can be stabilized, their teeth can be preserved, and their whole body health can be improved, all with a treatment that frequently requires only a topical anesthetic (no injection) and has little or no post-operative pain. Furthermore, it is now possible for the body to heal itself and regenerate bone lost to periodontal disease. This was previously thought to be impossible, but Dr. Lipman has documented such improvement himself through radiography.
Uses of Laser Dentistry
From cavity removal, gum reshaping, and solidifying bonding material to bacteria removal, lasers serve a variety of purposes. Their functions include the following:
Cavity Detection: Dr. Lipman routinely uses low-level lasers to detect any portions within tooth enamel that can result in a cavity. If any potential cavities do turn up, the dentist can cover the small area with a clear sealant, thus preventing a cavity from forming.
Removal of Decay and Damaged Gum Tissue: As an alternative to the dental drill, lasers allow for a comfortable, anxiety-free treatment. For instance, our Waterlase® iPlus laser can be used to clear out decay during a nearly painless process that does not even require anesthesia.
Gum recontouring: Our dentist can correct “gummy” smiles by reshaping the gum line of each tooth. This virtually painless laser procedure can be a great complement to a cosmetic dentistry treatment, such as porcelain veneers.
Hardening materials: Composite resin is typically used for fillings and bonding. Once the material has been applied and manipulated to blend harmoniously with your smile, Dr. Lipman will apply gentle laser energy to the area for a hardening effect. During cavity treatment, the laser can also strengthen the bond between the filling and tooth.
Biopsy or lesion removal: A biopsy involves testing a tissue for cancer. A laser can be utilized to remove tissue for this reason. It can also work to remove lesions in the mouth and target canker sores to alleviate any associated discomfort.
Learn More about Laser Dentistry
Laser dentistry, another wonderful feature patients can expect at Family Dentistry of Windsor, could well mean that you never have to fear the dentist again! To learn more about the technology or to schedule a dental appointment, please contact our staff.