The use of lasers has revolutionized modern dentistry, including endodontics. Dr. Kanter’s office is equipped with a range of state-of-the-art laser devices, which use different wavelengths and mediums. Lasers are both more precise and less invasive than traditional surgical technologies, producing better results and faster healing times. Dr. Kanter uses a precisely engineered laser device, called Epic X, in surgical procedures, to speed your healing time after surgery, to reduce tooth sensitivity, and to reduce pain and inflammation from cold sores and canker sores.
How are lasers used in root canal therapy?
Some “high intensity” lasers can be used to shape soft tissues like gums, and to clean hard tooth surfaces and tissues. In addition to removing diseased tissue with exacting accuracy, they also kill bacteria to detoxify the area. In a root canal treatment, a laser helps remove dead tissue and infection from the inner canals, sterilizing porous tissues and tubules more effectively than traditional disinfectants.
What are the benefits of using lasers after endodontic treatment or surgery?
Dr. Kanter’s office is also equipped with gentle “low intensity” laser devices that decrease pain, reduce inflammation, and increase stem cell growth, improving wound healing processes and giving the patient a more comfortable post-surgery experience without overuse of antibiotics and other medications.
How can lasers be used to treat cold sores or canker sores?
Cold sores (also known as fever blisters) are groups of small blisters on the lip and around the mouth that are caused by the herpes simplex virus. They recur periodically, because the virus stays in your body forever once you have it.
A canker sore is a shallow, painful ulcer in the mouth that can occur as a result of stress, disease, or some injury to the soft tissue of your mouth. Cold sores and canker sores can be extremely painful and can make speaking and eating very uncomfortable.
Laser therapy is a proven way to heal these sores quickly. If you schedule a laser treatment at the very first tingle signalling that a cold sore or canker sore is about to erupt, you can even prevent it from breaking out. If you already have a sore, the laser will take away the discomfort and help it to dry up and heal much faster. Laser therapy for cold sores and canker sores is effective, inexpensive, and often covered by insurance.
Can lasers reduce tooth sensitivity?
When you have sensitive teeth, activities like eating and drinking can cause sharp, temporary pain in your teeth. Usually, tooth sensitivity is the result of worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots. However, tooth discomfort can also be caused by cavities, a cracked or chipped tooth, or a recently placed filling. Dr. Kanter can examine your teeth and recommend the best course of action to make your teeth comfortable again. Laser treatment is a clinically-proven way to reduce tooth sensitivity immediately, with no anesthesia needed. In many cases, a short laser treatment can diminish or eliminate that source of discomfort for a couple of years. In many cases, your dental insurance will cover laser therapy for tooth sensitivity.
Can laser treatment change the color of my gums?
Yes. Laser treatment is effective at lightening gum tissue. Some individuals have more melanin than others, causing a dark appearance in the gingival tissue around their teeth. Laser treatment can lighten these areas as well as areas stained by amalgam fillings.
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