Laser Dentistry

What is Laser Dentistry?

The beauty of utilizing lasers is that they allow many dental procedures to be performed with no noise and very little pain. Drills work with friction and hence create heat, which in turn causes discomfort.  Laser dentistry combines a laser with a water/air spray that etches and shapes target tissues without contact, heat, vibration, or pressure. They also make it possible to perform several procedures during a single appointment, so you don't have to come back many times to complete your treatment. Advanced DDS is happy to offer our patients the option of laser dentistry. In New York, we were among the first to begin utilizing this technology for the benefit of our patients. Lasers are versatile tools that can be used in oral surgery, curing of restorative materials, and removal of hard and soft tissue. Other benefits of laser dentistry over traditional methods can include:

  • Reduced heat and vibration
  • High precision
  • Little or no need for anesthetic
  • Little or no bleeding 
  • Faster treatment time
  • Increased rate of curing/bleaching
  • Less post-operative pain and swelling
  • Fewer pain medications/antibiotics 

What is Laser Dentistry?

Many patients find that laser dentistry is far more comfortable than traditional methods using drills. The only noise comes from air as it cools the area being treated. Laser dentistry is perfect for children, teens, and adults who wish to seek an alternative to the discomfort and sound associated with drills. Advanced DDS has all the new technology in laser dentistry to maximize patient safety and achieve the best possible outcome. These include:

The Waterlase MD™ features an all-new MD laser technology platform that offers a much more pleasant patient experience for many dental procedures - with fewer shots and less anesthesia.

p-waterlaseMD3Qshot-copyMany procedures performed with the Waterlase MD™ do not require shots or anesthesia, eliminating a major source of patient anxiety and creating a more relaxing experience. Patients typically experience less bleeding, swelling, and post-op discomfort and require less pain medication. In addition, we can complete procedures that once took several appointments to complete, such as multiple fillings, in just a single visit.  Waterlase MD™ creates a better bonding surface for fillings. In all, Waterlase Dentistry can transform your experience at the dentist’s office.

The Waterlase MD™ is a revolutionary device that uses a combination of YSGG laser energy and water, a process called HydroPhotonics™, to perform many traditional dental procedures with less anesthesia. The precision and accuracy of the Waterlase MD™ allows Dr. Raskin and Dr. D'Orlando to treat targeted areas of tooth structure and soft tissue, leaving surrounding areas unaffected while maintaining the structural integrity of the tooth. Studies have shown that the Waterlase MD™ is less invasive and less traumatic than the drill, scalpel, or electrosurge. Less invasive means more conservation of tooth structure and tissue... and a happier you.

In dentistry, diode lasers are useful for a number of soft tissue procedures. They are able to reshape the gums to create better symmetry in the smile and to cut back on excess gum tissue, exposing more of the healthy tooth for a more attractive smile. They treat lesions, ulcers, and benign soft-tissue growths and remove areas of tooth decay. They have recently been shown to eliminate pockets of infected tissue in the gums. This can be an enormous benefit in halting the progress of gum disease as well as preventing it from occurring. In addition to their periodontal applications, diode lasers are highly effective in numerous endodontic treatments. To name a few, they aid in the uncovering of dental implants, the retraction of tissue for impression-taking, and pulpotomies. They can also be used to reduce tooth sensitivity. Diode lasers have proven to be extremely safe and valuable tools in surgical dentistry for the cutting and removal of soft tissue since they provide accurate and bloodless incisions, reduce pain during and after the procedure, reduce surgical risks such as infection, and offer patients a faster recovery than traditional methods.

Find and treat cavities even when you can't see them.

As a patient, we know that you value having healthy and attractive teeth. To properly maintain your teeth, the earliest possible care is essential. The KaVo DIAGNOdent is an invaluable tool in the detection of cavities (caries) when the tooth looks whole and healthy on the surface, or when only a small portion of the cavity is visible. The DIAGNOdent's sensitive laser probe locates even the smallest and newly-developed hidden caries in the teeth with high accuracy and no scraping, no tissue damage and no radiation. It works by measuring differences in fluorescence between healthy and diseased tissue. Its laser light can penetrate into tiny fissures to allow dentists to see further inside the tooth with more detail than has ever been possible with traditional dental instruments, including x-rays. Based on our findings with the DIAGNOdent's, Dr. Raskin will recommend the best course of treatment, from simple preventive measures to minimally invasive restoration to more extensive dental work.