Waterlase – Painless Dentistry
Dr. Matt Kooyman has made a commitment to your health by the use of the Waterlase Dentistry offering you the opportunity to have a safe, anxiety free dental experience, without drills and scalpels, and in most cases, without anesthesia.
Its innovative technology provides many advantages over conventional therapies. It allows you to have many procedures done with minimal intervention, and little to no anesthetic.
For many, that alone is great news!
What is Waterlase Dentistry
Waterlase Dentistry uses laser energy and a gentle spray of water to perform a wide range of dental procedures – without the heat, vibration and pressure associated with the dental drill. With many procedures, it’s possible to use less anesthetic, and often no anesthetic at all.
The laser beam sterilizes the affected area and seals off blood vessels, which minimizes the chance of infection or bleeding. Patients are also much more comfortable during and after treatment with laser therapy.
If you wish to learn more about the specifics of Waterlase Dentistry, or want to know what benefits are presented with Waterlase, read this article.
Procedures Performed with Laser Therapy
- Surgical and Dental Procedures: The laser acts as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of tissue that it comes in contact with.
- Gum disease: When lasers are used during periodontal therapy, there can be less bleeding, swelling and discomfort to the patient when cleaning and removing diseased tissue. Scalpels and stitches are often not necessary resulting in quick and comfortable healing.
- Tooth decay: Lasers are used to remove decay within a tooth and prepare the surrounding enamel for receipt of the filling. Lasers are also used to “cure” or harden a filling.
- Teeth Whitening: The laser acts as a heat source and enhances the effect of tooth beaching agents.
- Cosmetic purposes: We can use the laser to simplify a variety of oral corrections that may be requested including evening crooked gum lines and reducing the length of the gum line. Teeth that appear small or short can many times be “lengthened” by recontouring the gum line using the laser. This procedure is used to create a perfect, harmonious gum line in relation to the lips and teeth.
- Biopsy or lesion removal: Lasers can be used to remove a small piece of tissue (called a biopsy) so that it can be examined for cancer. Laser are also used to remove lesions in the mouth; and relieve the pain of canker sores.
Benefits of Laser Therapy
- Faster healing
- Reduced risk of infection
- Decreased Sensitivity
- Less time in the dental chair
- May reduce anxiety in patients uncomfortable with the use of the dental drill
- Minimize bleeding and swelling during soft tissue treatments
- May preserve more healthy tooth during cavity removal
- Less post-treatment discomfort
Don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss any aspect of your dental health – we don’t charge for giving advice!