Laser Surgery What is a Laser? A laser is a high tech devise that generates a tiny beam of very concentrated light. This beam of light brings energy into your mouth through a tiny fiber, to help remove areas of infection and remove gum disease around the teeth with great precision and accuracy. The laser beam sterilizes the affected area and seals off blood vessels, which minimizes the chance of infection or bleeding. Patients are also much more comfortable during and after treatment with laser therapy. The need for local anesthetic is reduced but it is usually used to make sure that you feel absolutely nothing during the treatment. Are Lasers New to Dentistry? Shortly after the invention of lasers in the early 1960's, lasers were investigated for their use in gum treatment. Recent developments have made it possible to use lasers effectively in the dental office, for treatment of all soft tissues, including gums. For the last 14 years, I have been using lasers routinely for work on teeth ,cavities and gums as well. Patients do heal better and faster, and ususally the atraumatic injury causes by the surgical blade incision is eliminated or reduced . Are Lasers Dangerous? In the hands of a skilled specially trained Reconstructive dentist, lasers are saved and effective. In fact the primary safety factor used during laser treatment is proper protective eye wear. Dental lasers are very low powered, which is essential for treating the delicate tissues of the mouth. In addition, the controlled heat and light of the laser destroys many bacteria and viruses in the mouth and inside periodontal pockets. There are many benefits of laser dentistry. They include: Faster healing. Reduced risk of infection. Decreased Sensitivity. Less time in the dental chair. Less bleeding. Less post-treatment discomfort. Will My Insurance Pay for Laser Treatment? Today many dental services can be performed with the laser or traditional treatment. The procedure itself is usually covered by your dental insurance to some extent BUT the laser mode of therapy is NOT. You should understand that the benefits of laser theraphy surpasses the cost investment since there is an extra expense for the laser that will be worthwhile for you, as it will in many cases add to the cost out of pocket. Is Laser Dental Periodontal Treatment For Me? After thorough examination, Dr. Gonzalez can determine if the use of our laser is indicated for you. Apart from the fact that laser treatment is very gentle and quiet and heals with very little post-operative discomfort or bleeding, laser treatment may be very beneficial for the following situations: Blood Thinners: If you are on Coumadin or take aspirin every day and your MD does not want you to stop them, then laser treatment is beneficial because of the reduced chance of bleeding during treatment. If you have high blood pressure and the use of Epinephrine is contraindicated, then laser treatment is for you. If you are allergic or hypersensitive to Epinephrine, causing rapid heartbeat whenever you get Novocaine, then the use of laser treatment is beneficial, since Epinephrine is not necessary to be used.