Laser Treatment Dentistry
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that lasers provide safe and effective treatment for a wide range of dental applications. Laser dentistry usually allows for bloodless surgical procedures, may help destroy bacteria during gum procedures, and for many patients, lasers reduce postoperative pain and swelling.
Dr. Salivonchik and his team use two different dental lasers to improve comfort and ease of treatment for their patients. Each laser has specific characteristics which makes it optimal for certain kinds of treatment. For example, the diode laser (the most common laser found in dental offices) is ideal for soft tissue applications like cosmetic gum re-contouring, frenectomies and Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy (LAPT). LAPT, like LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure), has the potential to not only arrest periodontal disease but regrow lost tooth attachment. This result has been documented in a limited number of studies and the American Academy of Periodontology does not believe it is unique to a particular laser type. Lasers are a nice adjunct to periodontal treatment but there are times when more invasive treatment provided by a skilled periodontist is required.
The second and more sophisticated laser Dr. Salivonchik uses is a Waterlase Laser which can treat both teeth and the gums. This is why a general laser practice needs to have more than one laser. The Waterlase Laser allows, in many cases, for fillings to be performed without the use of Novocain and drills. And this laser can also be used for root canals.
Another fascinating aspect of laser therapy is the ability to stop cold sores and ulcers if treated early. It shortens their duration if treated later. Lasers represent one more giant step towards making dentistry easier and more comfortable for our patients.
Call our Coplay, Pa dental office today to schedule your appointment or consultation with Dr. Salivonchik. Our dental practice, located in the Lehigh Valley, serves Coplay, Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, The Poconos, and surrounding areas.