Laser Therapy at Crossroads Dental of Longmont
Dr. Amy Farmer uses the latest and most sophisticated technology available for her dental surgeries, including the less-invasive laser therapy. In place of scalpel incisions or electric currents (electrosurge) that cut soft tissue, laser therapy utilizes a high-performance soft-tissue laser to remove or shape soft tissue during a procedure. Dr. Farmer uses an FDA-approved diode laser in surgeries to lessen post-operative complications, infections, and guest discomfort — all of which are problems often associated with scalpel incisions or electrosurge during dental surgeries.
The Benefits of Laser Therapy
- Less pain, reduced need for anesthesia
- Drill-less procedure creates less patient anxiety
- Causes less bleeding and swelling during and after dental surgery
- Risk of infection is minimized
- Healing time is faster and soft tissue can be regenerated
- Less chance of needing sutures after a surgical procedure
Soft Tissue Procedures that Can Use Laser Therapy
The soft tissue diode laser can be used to remove or reshape gum tissue during various dental treatments, including:
- Filling dental cavities
- Periodontal (gum) disease treatment
- Crown lengthening procedures
- Root canal therapy
- Wisdom teeth treatment
- Canker and cold sore therapy
- Mouth ulcer treatment
- Tooth whitening
What is Laser Therapy used for?
At Crossroads Dental of Longmont, we use laser therapy to:
- Seal blood vessels and nerve endings during surgery, minimizing bleeding and swelling
- Reduce bacteria and encourage faster healing in deep gingival pockets caused by periodontal disease
- Prevent aphthous ulcers or herpetic lesions from forming, or if formed, decrease healing time and stop pain immediately
- Decrease tooth sensitivity by sealing tubules in the roots of the teeth
How Does Laser Therapy Work?
The laser used works as a cutting instrument, similar to a scalpel, except that it uses focused laser light energy to cut away or vaporize the soft tissue without damaging the surrounding tissue. The concentrated laser energy is also used to kill bacteria in the area where it’s focused.
Is Laser Therapy Safe?
Diode lasers have been used in dentistry for over 25 years. They are FDA-approved and represent one of the most advanced tools used by dentists currently. Dr. Farmer is properly trained and has years of experience treating her patients with the use of laser therapy. Before your laser therapy treatment, she will provide you with safety glasses that will protect your eyes from laser energy during the procedure. Most patients report less pain and swelling in the treatment area following a dental procedure using laser therapy.
Find out if Laser Therapy Can be used for Your Treatment
Ask Dr. Amy Farmer about laser therapy and if it can be used in your dental treatment. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Farmer, contact Crossroads Dental of Longmont today by calling (303) 776-1480.