Laser DENTISTRY In Fairfield, CT

What Is Laser Dentistry?

Laser dentistry uses powerful lasers to treat dental issues, rather than traditional tools like dental drills, scrapers, and scalpels. Instead of a blade or drill, lasers use extremely powerful, focused beams of light to remove tissue. Compared to traditional dental tools, they're less invasive, more precise, and are virtually pain-free. Laser dentistry also results in faster recovery times, since bleeding is reduced and there’s a lower risk of infection. At Smile Ark Pediatric Dentistry in Fairfield, Dr. Lee specializes in laser dentistry. Contact us today to learn more, and see how we can provide a better dental experience for your child.

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Laser dental tools vaporize tissue on contact and seal nerve endings, which means that they are virtually pain-free, and often don’t require the use of numbing or sedation.

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How It Works: Laser Dentistry

Initial preparation

First, Dr. Lee will clean and prepare the tooth or surgical area. Usually, numbing is not required, since laser tools cause almost no pain. However, we can still provide numbing and sedation for your child if they're feeling uncomfortable. Their comfort is always our top priority.

Laser treatment

Dr. Lee will adjust our Solea laser, then use it to perform your child’s treatment or surgery. Upon contacting tissue, the high-powered laser vaporizes and removes the tissue. This provides amazing accuracy, a more comfortable treatment, and lots of other benefits.

Healing and recovery

Once your child’s treatment is over, Dr. Lee will give you a set of recovery instructions that they must follow. Laser dentistry has shorter recovery times compared to traditional procedures. However, it’s still important to follow Dr. Lee’s instructions, and to make sure to come back to any follow-ups at Smile Ark Pediatric Dentistry.

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Soft Tissue Laser Therapy

Soft tissue lasers are designed to cut through oral tissue, such as the cheeks, gums, and other soft, fleshy parts of the mouth. They are used for surgeries like frenectomies, and may also be needed for certain types of tooth extractions, to expose teeth that haven’t erupted fully, or to treat gum disease. Compared to scalpels and other traditional dental tools, soft tissue laser therapy is a superior option in every way.

Hard Tissue Laser Therapy

Unlike some dentists who only offer soft tissue lasers, we also use a Solea laser for hard tissue laser therapy. This refers to laser treatments that involve the teeth, such as removing decayed enamel from a tooth, or trimming a tooth to prepare for a dental crown. Compared to dental drills, hard tissue laser therapy causes less discomfort. There are no vibrations or scary sounds, either, which makes it easier for your little one to get through their appointment at Smile Ark Pediatric Dentistry.

Our Solea Dental Laser 

Solea is the most advanced and powerful all-tissue dental laser on the market. With our Solea laser, Dr. Lee can provide painless dentistry, and switch seamlessly between soft tissue and hard tissue treatment. In most cases, she can treat your little ones without the need for numbing or sedation. Thanks to our Solea laser and our gentle, child-friendly approach, your little one will never feel any pain, and will walk away with a smile and great memories of the dentist.

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Is Laser Therapy Safe?

Laser therapy is completely safe, provided you get a licensed dental practitioner to conduct the treatment. Dentists use this procedure to treat various dental complications, including tooth decay, gum disease, and biopsies for oral lesions. The process involves using a focused beam of light to perform precise treatments and accurate diagnoses.

While laser therapy has its risks, the process is governed by medical and dental boards that set procedural standards for the treatment. Some risks involved in laser therapy include soft tissue damage and bacterial infection. It’s worth noting that these risks are quite rare and only occur when conducted by untrained individuals.

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Is Laser Therapy Right for My Child?

Yes, laser therapy is an ideal treatment for children that dentists recommend for various dental issues. Some pediatric dental issues that laser therapy addresses include tooth decay, gum disease, and oral hygiene procedures like plaque and tartar.

That said, the dentist will examine your child’s teeth before deciding whether they’re suitable for laser therapy. Laser therapy is virtually painless and parents don’t have to worry about their child experiencing pain throughout the procedure.

What Is Solea Laser Therapy?

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Solea laser therapy is a versatile type of laser therapy that dentists use for various dental complications. The treatment involves using a concentrated, intense narrow beam of light that the dentist points at the teeth. This light beam can target and vaporize target tissue in an instant. Most dentists will recommend Solea laser therapy for eliminating plaque and tartar and destroying cavity-causing bacteria.

Some dentists also use Solea laser therapy for treating gum infections, tooth sensitivity, and teeth whitening. The narrowness of the beam allows for pinpoint accuracy and more accurate treatments compared to other methods. It also allows for painless procedures without movement and vibrations that could make your child uneasy.

What are the Benefits of Soft Tissue Laser Therapy For Kids?

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Kids benefit immensely from soft tissue laser therapy. For starters, the treatment allows kids to improve their gum health, addressing gingivitis and periodontal disease at their early stages before these conditions spiral out of control. Soft tissue laser therapy helps prevent premature tooth loss in children by maintaining gum loss. Gum disease causes the deterioration of the jaw bone, leading to premature teeth loss.

Dentists can also use soft tissue laser therapy to clean plaque and tartar from the enamel and gum line. This cleaning significantly improves the kids’ oral health and helps keep dental decay and gum disease at bay. It also ensures your child has fresh breath throughout. Lastly, soft tissue laser therapy encourages a positive dentist experience to minimize or eliminate dental anxiety.

Why Would My Child Need Laser Therapy?

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Your child might need laser therapy if they have red or inflamed gums, which are obvious signs of gum disease. They might also need this treatment if they have considerable build-up of plaque and tartar on their teeth and gum lines.

Soft laser therapy is also great at eliminating the decayed portions of the teeth and preparing the tooth for dental fillings. Sometimes dentists might also use the treatment for frenectomies to allow free movement of the tongue. They also use the procedure for gum contouring and eliminating oral ulcers and lesions.