Dr. Vincent Prestipino and Dr. Tassos Sfondouris use laser dentistry to address cosmetic and oral health concerns in their Bethesda, Maryland dental office. Laser dentistry provides more accurate care, less invasive treatment, and faster recovery times than regular surgical treatments. Dental lasers can also be used to contour the gums, treat tongue-tie or lip-tie, and remove decayed tissues. If you want quick and effective treatment with dental lasers, call Prestipino Dental Group at 301-276-0219. Request a consultation with Dr. Prestipino or Dr. Sfondouris on our website.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
Laser dentistry offers key benefits for all patients, but especially those who experience dental anxiety or have a fear of needles and drills. Our dentists use dental lasers for quiet minimally invasive treatment. Dental lasers can often provide an alternative to more complex oral surgical procedures.
Laser dentistry targets tissue without impacting the surrounding teeth or gums. The lasers themselves minimize bleeding and sterilize the treated area to reduce the chance of infection. Patients who undergo treatment with laser dentistry find that they have a quicker recovery time, as lasers promote the natural healing process for tissue in the mouth.
Laser Dentistry Treatment
A dental laser is used to treat a variety of oral health and cosmetic concerns, including:
- Frenectomy: For patients who have a tongue-tie or lip-tie, we can perform a frenectomy. A frenectomy cuts the band of tissue that tethers the top of the gums to the lip or the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. This procedure is quick and comfortable. Patients will find that they recover quickly with help from the dental laser.
- Gummy smiles: Gum contouring addresses the appearance of a “gummy smile”, where there is an excess of gum tissue above the top teeth. The dental laser precisely cuts the excess tissue with minimal bleeding.
- Tooth decay: A dental laser can be used to remove decayed tissue. As an added bonus, the laser kills bacteria because it is heat-based. Patients with gum disease benefit from laser treatment.
Dental lasers use heat energy to remove tissue. The laser functions by generating energy to cut tissue with pinpoint accuracy. Any remaining tissue left behind after treatment coagulates, which reduces bleeding and promotes healing.