Johnnie D. Gross, DDS
Family Laser Dental Center
(413) 267-5432
Call: (413) 267-5432

Laser Dentistry

During the past 20 years, laser dentistry has superseded many traditional dentistry practices, making treatments more conservative and comfortable.  This style of dentistry utilizes intense beams of light projected by a dental laser.  Dental lasers can be used to perform a wide variety of treatments including both soft tissue and hard tissue treatments.

The FDA deemed laser dentistry to be safe for public usage in 1990. At Family Laser Dental Center we have incorporated dental lasers into everyday procedures – reducing bleeding, infection, and healing times.  The beauty of dental lasers is that they allow for more precise, conservative treatment. 

Our patients can expect several benefits with laser dentistry, including:

  • Faster healing and tissue regeneration.
  • Preservation of more of the natural tooth.
  • Reduced bleeding during and after treatment.
  • Reduced need for anesthesia.
  • Reduced need for stitches and sutures.
  • Reduced risk of bacterial infections after procedures.

How can laser dentistry help me?

Laser dentistry is incredibly versatile and plays an important role in a growing number of common dental procedures. It is equally effective for preventative  and restorative purposes.

Here are some of the ways that Dr. Gross uses laser dentistry:

  • Fillings – Prior to laser dentistry, a drill would be required to prepare the tooth for a filling.  Lasers can eliminate the need for drilling and anesthesia. Lasers also successfully kill oral bacteria around the treatment site.
  • Gum Disease – Dental lasers can dissolve soft tissue to eliminate periodontal pockets. 
  • Tongue-Tie – Lasers can improve speech and the feeding habits of babies, children and adults by untying the tongue.
  • Canker Sores – Laser treatment of oral lesions reduces discomfort and speeds healing time.
  • Biopsy – Lasers are sometimes used to perform a biopsy on suspicious areas of soft tissue.  This biopsy procedure can be performed instantly and with great precision.

How are laser procedures performed?

Different types of dental lasers have been created to treat different conditions.  Each laser uses a different wavelength of light, which predicates its best use.  Laser procedures take far less time than conventional methods.

The laser beam is extremely bright, and special glasses are provided to protect the eyes.  The laser beam is directed at the treatment area to carefully dissolve the soft or hard tissue. 

If you would like to learn more about laser dentistry, please contact us for a consultation.