Benefits of laser dentistry for Santa Barbara, CA smiles

There is no doubt that technology has dramatically transformed our lives in nearly every way in the last few decades, and how we provide dental care is no exception! Dr. Cynthia Copeland, at Whole Health Dentistry in Santa Barbara, CA, uses laser dentistry in a wide variety of treatments to heal, restore, and protect your teeth and gums.

How laser dentistry is used

From preventive care to restorative and cosmetic dentistry, lasers are used in many types of dental treatments. In general, laser dentistry falls into two categories: hard tissue and soft tissue. Hard tissue lasers treat the teeth and bone in applications such as:

  • Detecting cavities at the earliest stage possible
  • Teeth lightening for a whiter and brighter smile
  • Laser dental fillings – lasers can be used to remove decayed tooth structure when placing a filling rather than the typical noisy and uncomfortable dental drills
  • Treating tooth sensitivity by sealing the roots of the tooth

Soft tissue lasers are used to treat the gums, nerves, blood vessels, and other soft tissues in the mouth, such as for:

  • Periodontal disease treatment to remove disease tissue and promote healthy regeneration
  • Crown lengthening and treating “gummy” smiles
  • Removing benign lesions and tissue tethers of the lip or tongue
  • Treating canker sores and cold sores
  • Sleep apnea treatment
  • Repairing congenital abnormalities or defects

Benefits of dental laser treatment

Dr. Copeland offers her patients an array of advanced laser dentistry services because of lasers’ many benefits for oral health:

  • Safety: Using a laser enables Dr. Copeland to be more precise throughout treatment, providing safer care and better end results
  • Cleanliness:  Laser treatment sites are pristine and conservative.
  • Faster healing: Lasers stimulate the body’s natural healing and recovery processes and require less of your healthy tissue to be altered during treatment, which all add up to faster and less painful recovery
  • Less bleeding: The laser helps cauterize the treatment area, which minimizes bleeding during and after your treatment and often eliminates the need for sutures
  • Reduced chance of infection: Lasers disinfect the area as they treat it, which reduces the chances of post-treatment infections
  • Comfort: Lasers are more comfortable than their traditional alternatives, such as scalpels and drills; in many cases, anesthesia is not even necessary

To learn more about laser dentistry and how it can benefit you, call Whole Health Dentistry in Santa Barbara today! Our office always welcomes new patients and can be reached at (805) 222-7713.