What is Laser Dentistry?
A laser is a device that uses light energy to perform work. Lasers are unique because they can treat targeted tissue while leaving surrounding tissue unaffected. It is this property among others that allow your dentist to perform very precise procedures. In addition lasers may seal off blood vessels and nerve endings during a procedure lessening bleeding, postoperative pain and swelling. In many cases due to their gentle and precise nature lasers are used with little or no anesthetic.
In our Victoria practice we use a combination of the Ivoclar Vivadent Odyssey Navigator laser, the NV microlaser and the Discus Picasso diode laser. We use the lasers for surgeries such as a frenectomy, gingivectomy, gum re-contouring, operculectomy and fibroma removal. We also use lasers on cold and canker sores also known as herpetic and aphtous lesions.
All our hygiene rooms are equipped with the Picasso diode laser, which is used for laser bacterial reduction which is done at the beginning of every hygiene appointment. The power of its focused light destroys otherwise inaccessible bacterial colonies while simultaneously creating an ideal environment for healing.