Dr. Rich says that his office uses lasers routinely and that his dental hygienists use lasers most often. Lasers are used in every preventive visit, every cleaning. Lasers are also used for biopsies and for treatment of cold sores. “Even some types of fillings can be done with lasers.”
Dr. Rich’s practice is committed to keeping up with research and looking for improvements in patient care. Several studies suggest that there are benefits to using a lower powered laser in clearing to trace a line around the roots of every tooth. This helps to kill the bacteria that cause gum disease. This is done prior to cleaning the teeth, to lower the bacteria count. The laser treatment carries no added cost.
Another use of the laser is to treat cold sores, which are visible and can take a while to heal. A treatment with a low-powered laser helps to sterilize the area and kill the virus causing the sore. The healing time is greatly improved by using the laser. The laser is also used for biopsies and small surgical procedures that used to require the use of a scalpel and stitches. These things can now be done with a laser, often without an anesthetic. The laser process hurts less, with or without an anesthetic, and the healing time is shorter. And the pain is less than it would have been with a scalpel.
The laser and other modern improvements continue to make dentistry better for all concerned. “It’s a great time to be a dentist!”
Dr. Stuart H. Rich, DDS, practices dentistry with Simply Smiles of Auburn, Washington. Dr. Stuart Rich has been rated Top Dentist for the 5th year in a row, including 2014, by a survey of dental specialists, published annually in Seattle Metropolitan magazine. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of the Sequence Media Group.