Despite parents’ best efforts to make sure their children brush and floss daily, many children and teens get cavities. It is essential that your pediatric dentist clean any cavities out quickly and accurately. Laser treatment from a pediatric dentist is a great modern alternative to traditional methods of caring for cavities.
Lasers are powerful, but highly accurate; that's why they're used today in nearly every industry. In dentistry, a small fiber delivers a tiny laser beam to hard or soft tissues in the mouth. Dentists can use lasers to remove cavities, reshape gums, remove canker sores or other small parts of tissue, and whiten teeth with extreme precision.
By combining the precise laser beam with water molecules, the laser targets exactly where the dentist aims and barely skims the tissue beneath the treatment area. This is much less invasive than a drill, and therefore less painful. When working on gums or soft tissues, the laser's heat seals the tissue as it goes, which stops bleeding.
The laser temporarily numbs the treatment area, which also helps reduce pain. Some laser dentistry procedures can even be completed with no anesthesia. This is particularly helpful for children, who can watch the laser light enter their mouths and worry less about the possibility of a shot.
The laser makes a sort of tapping or knocking noise, but it's quieter than the typical drill. Children, in particular, tend to appreciate this quieter approach. Overall, the laser is a gentler approach that can reduce anxiety in both children and adults.
Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dentistry is the first Long Island dental office to use the Hoya Versawave laser, a modern laser that makes treatment more effective. Contact us at (516) 798-1111 to find out more about how we can care for your children's teeth and gums using modern laser dentistry.