Lasers have been utilized in dentistry for decades. The FDA initially cleared the laser for use with soft tissue surgery in 1991. Since then, lasers have been incorporated into dozens of cosmetic and restorative dentistry techniques, including tooth whitening, filling preparations, and treatment of periodontal disease. Laser treatment of gum disease offers more benefits for patients than traditional gum surgery.
If you need gum disease treatment in Melville, NY, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Kopman and Dr. Harold Kopman for laser dentistry. Laser dentistry is successfully utilized in three major categories:
• Soft tissue treatment
• Hard tissue treatment
Soft tissue treatments include conditions related to the gums, lips, or tongue. Gum disease is a good example of this. Laser dentistry is incorporated into the treatment of gum disease to vaporize the bacteria that cause infection without the need for scalpels or sutures. The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) utilizes the wavelengths of the PerioLase® MVP-7™ to treat gum disease without harming any
Laser dentistry can safely and quickly uncover an unerupted wisdom tooth or reshape a gummy smile by removing excess gum tissue. It can also treat infections in tooth roots.
Hard tissue treatments are those that utilize laser to cut through tooth and bone. Some lasers are used as a more precise substitute for the dental drill. Patients rarely need anesthetic which means no numbness after appointments and they do not hear the whir and buzz of a drill, thus alleviating dental anxiety.
Laser dentistry can also be used to strengthen a resin filling, applied in layers, or to expedite professional teeth whitening.
Lasers are routinely used to take biopsies for diagnosis of tissue samples. From lesions to lumps, a laser can safely cut through and cauterize tissue, leaving you without a painful surgical wound.
Lasers have propelled advancements in dentistry like no other application has been able to achieve. For your laser dentistry consultation in Melville, NY, contact Dr. Jeffrey Kopman and Dr. Harold Kopman today.
Drs. Kopman & Kopman are periodontists who proudly serve the Melville, Huntington, Dix Hills, Plainville, and Commack, NY areas, as well as surrounding areas.