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Laser therapy, also called “laser dentistry,” is the practice of using laser dental tools to treat common oral health issues. Depending on the type of laser, laser dentistry can be used to treat both soft tissue (lips, gums, cheeks) and hard tissue (teeth). Lasers can be used as an alternative to scalpels, dental drills, snips, and other surgical tools.
At Alamo Heights Pediatric Dentistry, we provide soft tissue laser therapy for kids of all ages. With laser treatment in San Antonio from Dr. Angie Sage, it’s easy for your little ones to get the expert care they need.
The FDA first approved dental lasers in 1997, but dentists have been exploring the use of lasers in dentistry since the 19660s.
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At our office, we use a soft tissue laser for frenectomies. This allows your child to get painless treatment for tongue and lip ties and heal more quickly.
We’re proud to use advanced LightScalpel surgical CO2 lasers at our practice. Our laser dentistry tools are extremely precise, which ensures that your little one gets the best possible care.
If fear is keeping you or your little one from scheduling an appointment, we’re delighted to offer FREE nitrous oxide with your child’s treatment! Laughing gas can help them relax during their visit and then resume daily activities with a smile.
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Laser tools are more precise than other dental tools, so less tissue has to be removed. Uniquely, lasers also seal nerve endings as they cut through tissue, which virtually eliminates pain and discomfort.
Dental drills can make scary noises and cause uncomfortable vibrations, which are particularly intimidating for kids. Laser dentistry, on the other hand, is nearly noiseless and completely vibration-free.
Dental lasers also seal blood vessels as they cut through tissue, which means bleeding is minimal. This also reduces the risk of infection and speeds up overall recovery after surgeries like frenectomies.
To begin the process, Dr. Sage will prepare and sanitize the treatment area. Numbing is not typically required, since laser dentistry is pain-free. However, we do offer sedation for kids if your child is nervous or uncomfortable. Once your child is ready, treatment will begin
The treatment process varies depending on your child’s treatment. For a frenectomy to treat tongue ties, for example, Dr. Sage will gently cut through your child’s band of tissue, freeing up their tongue so that it moves properly.
One of the biggest benefits of laser therapy is that it results in a faster overall healing time. However, Dr. Sage will provide you with a full set of instructions that you and your child must follow. Following these instructions ensures that their mouth will heal properly.
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Most dental lasers use a glass fiber-optic tip. Powerful laser light is sent to this fiber-optic tip, which makes it extremely hot. Then, the hot tip of the laser can be used to cut through a variety of oral tissue, similar to traditional dental tools like drills, scalpels, and more.