Laser Dentistry Longmont, CO
Lasers have long been the standard of care in medicine and in surgical and cosmetic procedures such as LASIK, wrinkle removal, hair removal and many others. Over the last ten years, lasers have become much more effective and predominant in the dental field as well. Their ability and applications have become much broader and the FDA has cleared lasers for use on soft tissues as well as hard tissues for dentistry.
At Rocky Mountain Laser Enhanced Dentistry, Dr. Brad C. Wood DDS uses laser technology in a variety of dental procedures and treatments to make them less invasive, more precise, and more comfortable for patients. If you're interested in learning more about the laser dentistry services we offer, call our Longmont, CO dental office today at (303) 485-9123.
Waterlase Laser Technology
One of the largest advances in laser dentistry was the introduction of the Waterlase Laser by BIOLASE. This laser has revolutionized minimally invasive dentistry. The Waterlase laser is an ER, Cr, YSGG laser that emits a wavelength of light that is highly absorbed by water. When water spray is combined with this wavelength laser the water becomes hyper-energized (a process called hydroponics). When the high-energy water contacts hard tissue (tooth, bone) or soft tissue (gums) it can delicately remove (vaporize) the tissue with precision and ease.
What Are The Benefits Of Laser Dentistry Using Waterlase?
Laser technology offers a number of benefits when used alone or in conjunction with conventional dentistry. Bacteria is the major culprit that causes tooth destruction and gum disease. When the Waterlase laser is used, not only can it cut hard or soft tissues, but it vaporizes the bacteria as well. This creates a much cleaner, more disinfected area that allows for better dental restorations to be placed and faster healing on surgical procedures.
Because the Waterlase does not create heat and vibration (such as a drill), it is much more gentle to the tooth and tissue allowing for procedures to be completed with less and in some cases no anesthesia. Also, it prevents micro fracturing of the tooth during treatment. The Waterlase laser allows Dr. Wood to be very precise and create smaller holes on the teeth thus leaving the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure remaining (minimally invasive dentistry).
Dr. Wood and our team feel that laser technology, in combination with conventional dental techniques, creates an experience that is much more comfortable for the patient and makes for a higher quality of dentistry that's also longer lasting than conventional techniques alone.