5 Ways We Use Laser Dentistry
There was a time when hand tools were the primary instrument used in many dental procedures — which is why a steady hand has historically been one of the things you look for in a dentist! Well, the professionals at Houston Uptown Dentists still have that same, reassuring touch, but technological advances have allowed us to upgrade from hand tools to dental lasers!
These state-of-the-art dental lasers are versatile pieces of equipment that allow a variety of dental procedures to be performed more precisely and more gently than ever before!
Read on to learn about five ways our Houston, TX office is using dental lasers to bring you extraordinary care. Then, find out how you can benefit from this new technology. Just give us a call at (832) 463-1021 to schedule an appointment.
1. Treat Gum Disease Without Any Cutting Or Sutures.
Nearly half of all Americans are living with gum disease, a bacterial infection of the tissue that surrounds and protects your teeth. When other, less involved treatments prove ineffective at eradicating the infection, dentists will often recommend a sort of “extra deep cleaning” procedure called periodontal flap and osseous surgery. Traditionally, this involved using special tools to lift the gums back and remove tartar (or hardened plaque) that has accumulated between the tooth root and gum tissue. By removing the bacterial buildup, it gives the gum tissue a chance to heal.
At Houston Uptown Dentists, we perform this sort of deep cleaning of the gumline with a gentle dental laser. The tool is extremely thin — roughly the width of three human hairs — and it’s carefully placed between your gums and teeth. Then, we let the dental laser work its magic. It removes diseased tissue and eradicates infection while leaving healthy tissue intact.
The dental laser-facilitated procedure minimizes pain and post-treatment sensitivity for patients. Plus, recovery is shorter than with traditional methods!
2. Erase Fine Lines And Wrinkles Without Injections.
Maintaining a youthful look has never been so easy! At Houston Uptown Dentists, we’re able to smooth your skin without injection-based filler treatments, thanks to a treatment called Smoothlase™.
Here’s how it works: We simply guide the soft tissue laser over the inside of your cheek, which stimulates collagen growth and tightens the skin. That’s it! It’s non-invasive, and it’s so gentle that no anesthesia is required.
3. Plump Your Lips Without Needles.
This is a similar procedure to Smoothlase™ that instead focuses on the thing that frames your smile: your lips! If it’s a luscious set of lips you’re after, but you’re afraid of procedures that rely on injections to achieve fullness, Liplase™ might be for you.
4. Alleviate Sleep Apnea Symptoms Without A CPAP Machine.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which repeated interruptions to your breathing prevent you from getting high-quality sleep. In addition to robbing you of sleep, the condition can result in excessive snoring and a host of other unpleasant symptoms. Dental devices and CPAP machines can alleviate symptoms, but one of the ways to prevent airway blockages is to tighten the tissue at the back of your throat that causes obstructions in the first place.
To do that, we use — you guessed it — a soft tissue laser! Like our other laser-assisted procedures, Nightlase™ is non-invasive and incredibly effective. After a full course of Nightlase treatment, patients are generally able to go a year with few to no sleep apnea symptoms, without a CPAP machine or dental device.
5. Get A Whiter Smile Without The Sensitivity Or Wait.
Before laser teeth whitening treatment, it was possible to remove years of dental stains in an hour. But now, you can achieve a brilliant smile in just minutes!
Our TouchWhite laser whitening unit works in conjunction with a water-based gel that, once activated, takes about 20 seconds per tooth. The results are incredible, and because the laser unit we use is so gentle, this treatment is a great option for patients with sensitive teeth.
High-Tech Care In A Comfortable Setting
At Houston Uptown Dentists, we want to help you live a better life by taking better care of your smile. We’re proud to offer some of the latest gadgets that dental technology has to offer, all used by a highly skilled staff.
We think you’ll love the care and the results you receive here! Stop by for a visit to learn more about how our office can help you. Call us at (832) 463-1021 to schedule a consultation, or use our online form to request an appointment.