Though it sounds like something from a bad spy movie, laser dentistry is, in fact, real. Lasers have been used for medical applications for years; lasers in dentistry is the next logical step.
Dr. Mudrow uses 2 different lasers in his practice:
Waterlase (trademarked) is gentle and safe, and is an excellent alternative to the dental “drill”, or handpiece. This laser is primarily used for working on hard tissue—preparing teeth for fillings, for example. It works by using different wavelengths of light to excite water molecules naturally existing in your teeth to cut through the tooth. The laser sprays a continues stream of water, which keeps the tooth and surrounding tissues hydrated and prevents heat.
Most problems with pain using the dental “drill” are caused by heat, pressure, and vibrations. The Waterlase doesn’t generate heat, pressure, or vibration, so many procedures can be done without anesthesia. No needles!
The Waterlase can also be used for soft tissue procedures as well, such as tissue contouring or frenectomy. Many people experience less post-operative pain and swelling, making recovery faster.
Although the Waterlase cannot be used in every situation, it does offer an appealing alternative for many dental procedures. Ask Dr. Mudrow if your dental treatment can be completed with the Waterlase!
The EPIC Diode Laser is a more compact, lower intensity laser that has a wide variety of uses, including treatment of pockets associated with periodontal disease, treatment of aphthous ulcers and cold sores, even in-office whitening!
See what some of our patients have to say about Laser Dentistry:
~ J. Smith