The first use of lasers in dentistry was in 1960 by Miaman. Since the introduction of lasers in dental work, the applications for soft and hard tissue procedures have exponentially grown. Many studies and various research has been conducted regarding laser dentistry. These studies have found lasers to be efficient in dental treatment application and increase patient comfort during different dental procedures.
Lasers for Oral Health
Laser dentistry is currently helping individuals with periodontal disease, peri-implantitis, sleep apnea, snoring, or oral infections. We offer laser treatments for soft and hard tissues at our Smiles of Alaska offices in Soldotna and Anchorage.
Laser use in dental work allows dentists to create models for surgery preparation and practice with ease and exactness. Applying lasers with the dental field allows for more precise dental work such as incisions, shaping, and tissue or cavity removal.
Laser treatments we perform include:
- Gum sculpting
- Removing lesions/ulcers
- Treating periodontitis
- Dental implanting
- Socket bone grafting
- Issues relating to oral nerves
Some individuals are candidates for laser treatment to find relief from their sleep apnea or snoring. A trained dentist will use the laser to stimulate tissue at the back of a patient’s throat, increasing collagen production. The increase in collagen in the patient’s throat will cause their skin to contract and keep their airway open.
Additionally, lasers remove cavities, which reduces the bacteria in a person’s mouth. This reduction in bacteria increases the oral health of an individual. Moreover, fewer bacteria decrease the chance of periodontitis (gum disease).
Lasers are minimally invasive and provide patients with treatment options and prevention for serious dental diseases such as tooth decay or gum disease while being cost-effective and keeping individuals comfortable on and off of a dental chair.
Contact Smiles of Alaska
For more information regarding laser dentistry at Smiles of Alaska or other various treatment options, contact the Smiles of Alaska team. We are available through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 907-349-6466. We are a family dentistry practice located in Soldotna and Anchorage, Alaska, specializing in restorative dentistry and sleep medicine.
We look forward to assisting our patients in living life to the fullest!