Dr. Raj Upadya uses laser dentistry in his dental office to treat a variety of conditions. There are many benefits of laser dentistry including faster healing times and more comfortable treatment. Dental lasers can be used on both hard and soft tissues in the mouth with great accuracy and fewer side effects for the patient. For anxious patients, dental lasers can often eliminate the need for more invasive dental tools including the dental drill.
Dental lasers can reduce swelling, bleeding and other common side effects of procedures and stimulate the body’s natural healing response which improves blood clotting. Laser dentistry also reduces the risk of infection that can be associated with a more invasive procedure. Your dentist will discuss the use of a dental laser if it is a part of your treatment and explain what to expect during and after the procedure.
Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry
The NV® Microlaser, a convenient handheld laser device, is often used to treat gum tissue and other soft tissues in the mouth. One of the most common procedures is for gum recontouring, known as crown lengthening. Patients who have what is considered a “gummy smile” may benefit from crown lengthening which removes excess gum tissue to reveal more tooth structure.
The soft tissue dental laser is also ideal for performing frenectomies, or tongue ties which can cause speech impediments and difficulty eating. Dr. Updaya works with patients of all ages, including small children and infants to improve their ability to eat and thrive.
Soft tissue dental lasers may also be used in the treatment of:
Hard Tissue Laser Dentistry
Dr. Upadya also uses special dental lasers to treat tooth structure (hard tissue). The Biolase iPlus laser uses the combined power of water and heat energy to address cavities and tooth decay, treat tooth sensitivity, and aid in tooth preparation for dental fillings and other restorative procedures.