Laser Dentistry Procedures

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TMD (temporomandibular dysfunction)
An example of this condition is pain in the joint and is often accompanied by popping, clicking or locking. This condition can lead to headaches and aching pain in the area of the jaw, face and ear.  Due to multiple causes, the condition is often persistent and resistant to treatment.

Surgery is sometimes necessary, but research has shown that sessions of low intensity laser therapy, along with daily exercises, can help in the reduction of pain and improvement in jaw movement, with less tenderness and jaw sounds.

Periodontal treatment (cleanings)
Laser treatment can be used to reduce localized pocketing which can lead to periodontal disease. Laser treatment of pockets kills many of the offending bacteria, removes diseased tissue, and encourages gum reattachment to the teeth. This is often done in conjunction with deep scaling to heal those hard to reach or problem areas.  It also makes a normally uncomfortable recovery into a pain free one.

Ulcerations of the Mouth (herpes labialis, apthous ulcers, denture sores)
Mouth ulcers, sometimes called canker sores, are a common affliction. They are often caused by a virus lying dormant in the nerve tract until an environmental stimulus activates it. The recurrent, bothersome form is known as recurrent aphthous stomatitis or simply aphthous ulcers.  Laser treatment has shown to be beneficial by stopping the progression of the lesion, relieving the pain, and often it doesn’t reoccur.

Frenum Release
The frenum is a remnant of tissue that was part of the facial structure of the infant during early pregnancy. It can be located under the tongue causing speech impediments or under the upper lip, preventing the front teeth from closing and leaving an unsightly gap.  In cases where the frenum is a problem, laser treatment can be used for children and adults. Only a local anesthetic is used around the area to make it more comfortable for the patient. The procedure is quick and takes only a few minutes to perform.  There is virtually no bleeding, no pain, and the healing period can be as short as a couple of days.

Alveolitis (dry socket) Relief
This condition exists when a blood clot is dislodged from a surgery site, exposing the bone and nerve endings. The blood clot helps in the stopping of bleeding and lays the foundation or framework for new tissue and bone to develop over a two-month healing process. This condition is more common in the mandibular area and in back teeth due to poorer circulation in this area, with wisdom teeth being the most common site. Dry socket delays the healing process and is often very painful.

Along with your dentist's direction for general healing, laser biostimulation is considered a safe method of treatment, accelerating tissue regeneration processes and decreasing feelings of pain.

Facial Paralysis (from removal of wisdom teeth or injection)
Peripheral facial palsy is an uncommon complication of dental procedures. However, when this occurs, low reactive level laser therapy has been clinically shown to restore both sensation and function.

Headaches (migraines, cluster)
Nearly 75% of Americans suffer from headaches and migraines.  Much of the cause can be traced to issues dealing with the teeth and bite.  Instead of relying on pills, the laser can be used to stimulate your body to produce endorphins and boost serotonin levels. The endorphins ease your stress levels which can help with your pain. The more serotonin your body has available, the faster and better it can heal itself.

Excess tissue removal (e.g., around crowns)
Laser treatment can be used for excess gum tissue removal. The procedure is fairly simple and less painful than using a scalpel.