A soft tissue laser is a special type of laser dental tool consisting of a powerful laser light that’s sent through a flexible, fiber-optic tip. The laser light heats up this fiber-optic tip to a very high temperature. The tip is so hot that when it touches oral tissue such as the gum or cheek, the tissue is vaporized upon contact.
This makes soft tissue lasers a great alternative to other traditional dental tools used to cut into soft tissue, such as scalpels. At Experience Dental, we use high-quality AMD Laser products to provide you with an excellent level of care. Contact us now to schedule an appointment, and see how you can benefit from laser therapy from your McKinney dentist. Our office is located at 7001 S. Custer Road, Suite 200, McKinney TX 75070.
Laser dental tools were first used in 1989, and are now a common sight in dental offices dedicated to cutting-edge technology, such as Experience Dental.
The hot fiber-optic tip of a soft tissue laser immediately “cauterizes” nerve endings upon contact, making this type of treatment virtually pain free. Laser therapy is a great option if you’re anxious or nervous about pain during your appointment.
In the same way that nerves are sealed, blood vessels are also sealed by soft tissue lasers, so bleeding is minimal, especially when compared to traditional dental tools.
Sutures are completely unnecessary for almost all soft tissue procedures done with laser tools, which streamlines the procedure and eliminates follow-up visits for suture removal.
Most dentists are able to cut through tissue much more accurately using laser tools, providing better overall results.
Due to the accuracy of laser tools and their ability to seal up oral tissue after treatment, the overall healing process is much faster compared to operations done using traditional dental tools.
Soft tissue lasers can be used for any dental treatment that requires the removal or alteration of soft oral tissue. This includes gum reshaping (gingivoplasty), gum grafting, frenectomies, removal of lesions for biopsies, removing canker sores, and a wide variety of other procedures.
For more information and to see if you can benefit from our AMD soft tissue lasers during your next appointment, call us at (214) 385-4460 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dennis Lee.
We also offer laser cold sore treatments at our McKinney dental office. These use a different hand-held laser that beams powerful laser light into your cold sore. This laser energy destroys the virus inside the sore, halting its progression. Over time, the sore will begin to fade and become less prominent.
One of the best things about cold sore treatments is that they are semi-permanent. Basically, whenever laser treatment is used to destroy a cold sore, the likelihood of a cold sore recurring in that area is much lower. Over time and with multiple laser cold sore treatments, you can almost completely eliminate the growth of cold sores around your lips.
Sometimes, unerupted or “impacted” teeth fail to grow completely into your child’s mouth. The baby tooth will fall out, but the primary tooth either won’t erupt, or will not erupt completely.
This is the most common with the front canines. If this happens, surgery may be required to expose the tooth, and orthodontic treatment may be required to shift it into the proper position and keep your child’s bite healthy.
You can get laser treatment at any age!
Yes! No matter how old you are, it’s not too late to get orthodontic treatment, and get the straight, healthy, smile that you’ve always wanted. Whether you’re a young adult, middle-aged, or even a senior, it’s usually possible to get orthodontic treatment at Experience Dental.
However, you must have a healthy mouth and meet a few other requirements to get braces, Invisalign, or Six Month Smiles, and the right treatment for you will vary depending on the specifics of your orthodontic problems. To see if you are a candidate for treatment, just contact Experience Dental for a consultation with Dr. Dennis Lee.
Many advances have been made in orthodontic treatment over the years to make the process less uncomfortable. However, your teeth will still have to be moved by the force of braces or plastic aligners, and this can definitely cause some discomfort.
However, you will usually only experience discomfort for a few days after your braces are adjusted, or after you swap to a new set of Invisalign aligners. Your teeth will only be sore for a little while, and you can deal with this by eating soft foods and taking over-the-counter pain medicine like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
This is very patient-specific, and also depends on the treatment you get. Six Month Smiles, as the name suggests, often takes less than six months to correct cosmetic flaws in your smile. Invisalign usually takes about a year, and braces can take anywhere from 12-24 months, depending on your case.
To get a better idea of how long orthodontic treatment will take, you will need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dennis Lee. Based on your orthodontic needs and the treatments that are right for you, he’ll be able to give you a better idea about what to expect.
If you’re correcting your smile with Invisalign, you’ll need to wear your aligners for a minimum of 20 hours per day, and it’s usually recommended that you try to wear them for 22+ hours per day. Ideally, you should only remove them to eat and drink, and to brush and floss.
The more you wear your aligners, the more quickly your treatment will progress. If you do not wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day, you could experience treatment delays and complications. Be consistent about wearing your aligners for the best results.
Yes. Certain foods can damage or dislodge your braces, and should be avoided while you’re undergoing treatment. You should avoid very hard foods like nuts, hard candy, ice, popcorn, bagels and hard rolls, and very crunchy crackers.
You also can’t chew gum, and you shouldn’t eat very gummy candies. It’s also best to avoid sticky candies like caramel and taffy, which can potentially dislodge your veneers, and are also very hard to clean away from your teeth and your braces.
Orthodontic treatment is often times painless.