Laser dental care 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.
It's very important to understand that no piece of technology that I've ever brought into this practice has changed the way I practice more than lasers have. It is just such cutting edge technology, and it's really were dentistry needs to move. Lasers, when used in the proper way are a tremendous asset for the doctor of getting the procedure done quickly and for the patient because it's done in a much more comfortable way for them.
Let's start with just regular fillings. Most regular filling, many of them the patients don't need any anesthesia, what so ever. They're just not going to feel anything. When we do it and in addition, the white fillings that we place are better when the teeth are prepared with a laser then with not.
Regarding gum surgery. I am doing just tremendous things with regards to periodontics with my laser. We call this laser guided regeneration. It's a fantastic technic. When I went to dental school, I was told a patient loses bone to periodontal disease that bone's never going to come back. That is false. That is not true. We are bring back bone, no graphs and solely with treatment with this laser. These procedures are easy for the patient. They may only need a topical anesthesia when do this. Some people may want to get numb, it doesn't matter, whatever they like, what makes them comfortable in the situation. However, when they leave here, minimum amount of soreness, yet we are able to regenerate bone, and regenerate attachment around their teeth in such an easy way no cutting of the gums, no surgery, that is nonsense.
It's just fantastic where the technology is going. We're learning if given the proper conditions, the body can heal itself and that what the laser can do. It can make the conditions available, so that the body will begin to heal itself, regenerate bone around the teeth. It's a fantastic piece of equipment when it comes to periodontics.
Many times, a patient may have a cavity underneath the gum. In the old days, well what you going to do. You might try to burn the gum away, if you cut is it's going to make a mess, you're not going to be able to fix the tooth at the time. Or you could send the patient to a gum specialist, a periodontist. You expose the cavity so you can fix it. With a laser basically, it's simple to remove that tissue, expose the decay, and get the patient done there in and out, no pain and they're happy. It's inexpensive. One trip, it's done.
Lasers are tremendous for extractions. Patients can't believe it. We use a laser around the tooth to facilitate the extraction. These teeth are lose enough relatively quickly, situations that would normally have require complex surgery become extremely simple. Best of all, when this procedure is done with the laser, the patients experience little or no discomfort.
We have a different type of laser, it's called low level laser. This is very, very interesting. A lot of the physical therapists are all over this already. Because we've learned a low level laser is very good at treating inflammation in our bodies, whatever the cause of the inflammation is. So for example, if the patient is having an inflammatory event with a [inaudible 00:03:24], very common problem we can treat this with low level laser and really give them tremendous relief. Or if they're having muscle strain, again, similar fashion, the low level laser can give them tremendous relief.
Another thing the low level laser does is really help us heal and most of the sport's teams, pro-sports teams have these for that reason. So if they have an athlete who's injured, like say they had Achilles tendon rupture or something, they need surgery, they apply this low lever laser because the patients going to heal, their athletes going to heal that much faster.
But whenever we do a surgery we're always ... be it a restriction, gum work or root cannel, what have you, we use a low level laser and they do heal better. It's just again, having the knowledge, knowing this stuff, having the technology and putting it to good use, it becomes a win, win. The patient's doing better, the doctor's happy because the patient's doing better. Everybody wins. Laser again, it's extremely important. If there's any dentist who doesn't have one, I think they're selling their patients short.