Laser dentistry is a solution for patients who dislike needles, drills and potentially painful procedures, allowing a better quality of dental care in fewer visits and without the discomfort of days gone by.
At Smile Solutions in Melbourne, your suitability for laser dentistry will be assessed, in consultation with you, by one of our specialist periodontists (gum specialists) who specialise in gum and dental bone support:
We use a combination of Versa Wave, Light Touch ErYAG, and Fox diode laser systems.
The term “laser fillings” refers to the use of laser technology to target and remove decay before a tooth is filled. Needles and drilling are usually not required when laser is used in this way. A drill may still be needed to remove amalgam if the tooth is being re-filled, but because lasers are effective in reducing sensitivity, most patients won't require a needle before this procedure.
Laser fillings do away with high-pitched drilling noises and numb lips. Lasers are also more accurate than conventional drills, removing only the decayed part of a tooth and leaving enamel intact; and they do not cause the tiny cracks that conventional drilling can cause.
A laser filling procedure takes approximately the same time as a conventional filling – even less if multiple fillings are required. Unlike conventional fillings, laser fillings can be carried out in all parts of the mouth in one visit.
Laser gum surgery
Most soft tissue procedures that would normally be performed with a scalpel and local anaesthesia can now be carried out more quickly and virtually pain-free with laser. There is no need for stitches, so healing can happen up to five to six times faster.
For example, a laser cosmetic gum lift across the front six teeth would require you to spend less than half the time in the dental chair as conventional surgery, and cost half as much. A predictable outcome can be achieved with little or no bleeding or stitches, and post-operative painkillers are usually not needed. You can also have your teeth whitened or prepared for veneers within a week, compared with the obligatory six to eight weeks’ healing required following conventional gum surgery.
*These images are simply an educational guide and by no means represent a guarantee of outcome.