Recent advances in laser technology allows Dr. Raanan to treat periodontal disease effectively using minimum invasive techniques. This new technology replaces cutting of the gum tissue with a scalpel and does not require stitches. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several types of lasers for use on adults and children. Many of the lasers for dentistry are similar or identical in design to other medical lasers that have been used successfully for years in the specialties of ophthalmology, neurosurgery, Ear/Nose/Throat (ENT), and dermatology. Current controlled studies have shown similar results have been found with the laser compared to specific other treatment options.
Advantages of Laser Dentistry include:
- Minimal or no anesthesia
- Minimal bleeding
- More controlled swelling
- Reduced postoperative infection/discomfort
- Less chance of infection
- Reduced time in dentist’s office
- Less pain
- No noise (like a traditional dentist’s drill
- Enhance effect of tooth whitening
- Faster healing
- A more sterilized environment (dental laser kills bacteria)
- For the treatment of canker sore and herpes lesions, the laser can actually decrease the pain experienced by these sores.