Laser Dentistry and Surgery
Enjoy a pain-free dental experience with laser technology from Indianapolis Dentistry.
Many people are scared of going to the dentist, because of all of the pain they think they will have or have had in the past from other dentists, but some people love dentist offices like ours who have invested in laser dentistry that leads to:
- A positive dental experience
- A relationship with you not dominated by pain or fear
- Working together with you to address dental health and aesthetic needs
- Better outcomes from procedures
- Knowing you’re being treated by a cutting-edge dentist
How does Laser Dentistry work?
Just as lasers have revolutionized medical procedures such as LASIX eye surgery and skin resurfacing, they have recently become applicable and modified for many dental procedures. Lasers are manufactured in different wavelengths, and delivery means for various procedures. Dr. Reese has three different types of lasers in his practice.
—Dr. Ted Reese
Why Laser Dentistry?
No More Scapels
Decay removed and tooth treated with diode laser.
A Soft Tissue/Diode laser is used for soft tissue or gum tissue needs. It can replace the need for scalpels and incisions which allows for a more controlled healing response and surgical correction of gummy smiles, frenectomies (relief from tongue tied, such as in the case of infants having trouble breast feeding), and crown lengthening to expose healthy teeth for proper restoration. It is also appropriate for disinfecting teeth and the preparation after decayed tooth structure has been removed.
Detect cavities earlier
The Diagnodent laser is used to detect early decay process that would otherwise go undetected and enlarge before it could be resolved. Known as the ‘Cavity Detector’ laser, it replaces the ‘poking of teeth’ that had been the test to determine the presence of cavities.
Replace the drill
Waterlase Laser - This Hard Tissue(Tooth) Laser called Waterlase MD™ is the only laser that can function as an option to replace the traditional dental drill. With most people it can be comfortably used without the need for anesthetic (involving needles or shots) but it is NOT a panacea of replacement of the drill.
For initial cavity preparation, it is often the preferred method to remove decay, disinfect the residual tooth surface of contaminants, and provide a surface to allow bonding or fusion with a resin or glass (porcelain) restorative material.
Unlike needle and drill dentistry, our Waterlase MD™ laser can perform many traditional dental procedures with fewer shots, less anesthesia, and in many cases, without pain. Waterlase uses a unique combination of laser energy and water to provide gentler, more precise treatment that conserves healthy tooth structure, and minimizes pain and discomfort. In addition, procedures that once took several appointments to complete, such as multiple fillings, can now be finished in just one visit.
Avoid Periodontal Surgery with Non-Surgical Laser Therapy
The recent advent of lasers into dentistry have opened an entirely new approach to treating gum disease and performing periodontal (gum) surgery. Dr. Reese has been utilizing a Waterlase MD laser for tooth preparation and gingival treatments. This laser has a variety of extremely thin tips that can deliver laser energy into the diseased sulcus to disinfect the area of gum disease, remove smaller amounts of the diseased gum tissue, provide an atmosphere of improved healing, and offer a much less invasive and less painful recovery period. The diseased root surface is also treated by the laser energy to allow regeneration of the gum connective tissue to regrow up the root surface which has been the ‘last frontier’ of regenerative periodontal therapy. These procedures are especially indicated in smokers who heal less favorably, and suffer more from gum disease than non smokers.
—Dr. Ted Reese