Laser Assisted Gum Treatment
Fixing Cavities with Waterlase
Laser Gum Recontouring
Being an Associate Fellow of the World Clinical Laser Institute (WCLI), Dr. Odette Lee has mastered the technique of using Lasers of different wavelengths in Dentistry. With this cutting edge technology comes great benefits including virtually pain-free dentistry, increased accuracy and precision, reduced trauma, less or no bleeding and swelling, fewer dental visits, and more streamlined technique.
We currently use two different lasers with different wavelengths:
The WaterLase Iplus is an Er,Cr:YSGG laser with a wavelength of 2,780 nm. It is a versatile laser with vast applications including Caries/Tooth Decay Removal, Root Canal Treatment, Gum/Periodontal Treatment, and most hard and soft tissue surgical procedures.
- The Epic 10 is a Diode Laser. Because of its wavelength (940
nm), it penetrates muscles and ligaments deeper, which makes it suitable for deep tissue pain therapy and biostimulation. It is also sensitive to pigments, making it a very effective teeth whitening tool.
Are you scared of going to the dentist because you’ll hear the dreaded drill screeching in your ear? Or maybe you are terrified of the needle — and who likes leaving the dental office with a droopy or puffy face? These dental fears can be minimized with a WaterLase dentist. The WaterLase is a dental laser that enables the dentist to use minimal and in some cases even no anesthetic or drills to perform many routine dental procedures!
Note: Discomfort is based on individual sensitivity to pain, and other factors. Not all patients can be treated painlessly without anesthetic. However, dentists using WaterLase to perform typical cavity preparations report not using anesthetic in the majority of cases.
Natural Water-Powered Dentistry
The WaterLase combines water, air and laser energy for safe use on human tissue in the mouth. Our teeth are partially made up of water and when the laser makes contact with the tooth it excites the water molecules to cut through the tooth. Since the laser continuously sprays out water it keeps the tooth hydrated preventing heat and giving you a virtually pain free experience!
It’s More Convenient
Even for those who floss, brush and use fluoride regularly, sometimes you still end up with a cavity. Between work, school, and children, plus everything else, there is no time to schedule another dental appointment. Now you don’t have to worry because your WaterLase dentist can do it all at the same time. Since it’s less likely you will need an injection to fill your cavity, your dentist can do multiple simple procedures in a single visit! A WaterLase dentist can save you the hassle of going to a specialist because they can perform a wide variety of procedures.
Safe and Precise
Lasers for use in dermatology, ophthalmology and cosmetics have been around for years and so has the WaterLase. The WaterLase is cleared for numerous dental applications which can be performed on both pediatric and adult patients.
What is great about the WaterLase is how precise it is! Regular dental drills rely on removing large amounts of tooth to get the job done, and the constant grinding and spinning of a drill bur can cause cracks and pain. The WaterLase, on the other hand, removes very precise amounts of tooth, without damaging or cracking the rest of the tooth! And because it is so precise, you will rarely need anesthetic!
For a dental choice that is both safe and precise, choose a WaterLase dentist near you. It is the clear way to go!
Reduce The Risk of Cross-Contamination
WaterLase has the potential to reduce this risk. It works without contact to the tooth and the dentist can operate with single-use, disposable tips.
Finally, a New Way to Treat Gum Disease
Gum disease is caused by bacteria in periodontal pockets, deep in the gum tissue down to the tooth roots. Previously, the only treatment option was periodontal surgery with a scalpel and sutures, cutting your gums to reach and eliminate bacteria.
Now, with the patient-friendly REPAIR Periodontal Treatment protocol using a Waterlase dental laser, we can preserve tissue and bone with a minimally-invasive laser-based approach. If you need just one tooth treated, or your entire mouth, laser technology helps us take better care of you and your oral health.
IT’S NOT JUST GUM DISEASE. IT’S YOUR HEALTH.
If you have been told that you have gum disease, you are not alone. Nearly 70% of adults have some form of gum disease (also called Periodontal disease). The most important thing to know about gum disease is that you shouldn’t ignore it.
Left untreated, gum disease will result in receding gums, bone loss, and ultimately may cost your teeth. Studies show that periodontal disease is associated with heart disease, diabetes and cancer. It’s important for your overall health that you get treatment.
PATIENT PREFERRED – MINIMALLY INVASIVE
REPAIR is clinically proven laser protocol used to treat gum disease, either in a small area or throughout the entire mouth. REPAIR offers significant advantages including:
- Helps preserve tissue and bone
- Reduces pain and discomfort compared to conventional treatment
- Reduces need for pain medication
- Promotes more rapid healing
- Reduces post-operative discomfort
BETTER PATIENT EXPERIENCE, FASTER HEALING
Today’s laser technology is a major advancement in treatment. Patients treated with laser energy simply recover more quickly. The Waterlase iPlus performs incisions precisely and disinfects the operative site as it works, to help you heal faster.
Waterlase uses hydrokinetic energy to eliminate organic debris and bacteria that lie deep within the walls of the root canal system. This combination of laser energy and water vapourises the smear layer and penetrate deep into the dentinal tubules.
Studies have shown that WaterLase penetrates 10 times deeper into the dentinal tubules and surrounding tissues than conventional root canal treatment irrigation/cleansing.
Waterlase can take the place of a surgical knife/blade to make incisions and flaps. Ease of handling, precision, and accuracy are just a few of its many advantages. The resultant site is clean with very minimal bleeding (usually no bleeding for small areas). Surgical trauma to the soft tissues is greatly reduced, if not eliminated with laser. Therefore, laser-assisted oral surgery usually results in shortened healing time and reduced post-operative discomfort for the patient.
Oral Surgical Procedures where Waterlase can be effectively used are:
- Gingivectomy (gum re-contouring)
- Gummy Smile Correction
- Gum “Whitening”/ De-pigmentation
- Tooth Extraction
- Dental Implant Surgery
- Frenectomy (Tongue-tie and Lip-tie release)
- Removal of pathological tissues (i.e., Fibromas, Papillomas) in and around the mouth
- Surgical exposure of unerupted or partially erupted teeth
- Incision and Drainage of Abscess