Cutting Edge Dentistry
BayView Dental Arts would like to Introduce WaterLase Dentistry to our practice!
For quite some time Lasers have been the standard of care in medicine, for many procedures, from LASIK vision correction to wrinkle and hair removal along with many surgical procedures. Now the same advanced technology has come to dentistry.
Biolase introduces WaterLase Dentistry which allows our doctors several different treatment advantages over conventional treatment, which includes minimally invasive treatment options. Drs Scherder, Hedgepath, and Carrigan offer WaterLase Dentistry treatment to improve your comfort level and provide enhanced results from your dental procedures.
The Benefits of WaterLase Dentistry
WaterLase iPlus 2.0™ uses patented technology that combines laser energy along with a gentle spray of water to perform a wide range of dental procedures with less trauma to teeth and gums than the dental drill or scalpel. With many procedures, it’s possible to use less anesthetic and at times, no anesthetic at all.
One of our WaterLase specialists can often get you in and out of the dental chair in a timely fashion since it’s less likely that you will need an anesthetic during the procedure. Not using anesthetic can allow your dentist to perform procedures that used to require more than one visit in a single appointment. Also, a WaterLase dentist can perform procedures that once meant an additional trip to a specialist, saving you even more time.
A WaterLase dentist can remove decay far more precisely than a dentist can using a drill. This saves more of the healthy parts of your tooth. Saving your natural teeth can save you from the discomfort and future cost of bridges, dentures, and implants.
|Conventional Treatment with Drill and Anesthetic||WaterLase Dentistry Treatment|
|Before Your Procedure||Local anesthetic with a local injection usually required to prevent pain. There is usually a period where your dentist must wait for the anesthesia to take effect.||Many procedures performed with WaterLase iPlus 2.0 require little to no anesthetic, so your dentist can begin work right away.|
|During Your Procedure||Drill typically causes discomfort from heat, vibration, and pressure from contact with the drill on a tooth.||Laser energy and a gentle spray of water typically cause little or no discomfort.|
|After Your Procedure||You will typically have a numb lip, which can restrict eating and speaking until the anesthesia wears off.||If anesthesia is not required, you can return to normal activities immediately|
What Can WaterLase Dentistry Do?
WaterLase iPlus 2.0 was developed specifically to repair decayed and damaged teeth, treat your gums, and manage the soft tissue in your mouth safely and comfortably. Here is just a small sample of what we can do with WaterLase Dentistry:
Improve Your Smile
We may suggest contouring or shaping your gums using WaterLase iPlus 2.0 to improve the appearance of your smile, safely removing excess gum tissue that may give you a “gummy” smile, or make your front teeth appear irregular in size or shape.
Remove Oral Growths
We may use WaterLase iPlus 2.0 to remove growths or excess tissue in your mouth including gum tissue over an unerupted tooth, small “tags” called papilla, and growths called fibromas.
Fix a ‘Tongue Tie’ or Prevent Gum Recession
Connections that restrict the movement of your tongue or cause your gums to recede can be “released” with WaterLase iPLus 2.0.
Treat Periodontal Disease
We recommend using Biolase’s patented WaterLase Dentistry to remove debris and bacteria from between your teeth and gums that can cause bleeding gums, gum recession, and even tooth loss. WaterLase iPlus 2.0 has been shown to reduce bacteria and may even stimulate gum tissue growth.
Relieve the Pain of Canker Sores and Cold Sores
Canker sores and cold sores are a painful nuisance. They can make talking or eating difficult, and always seem to take forever to go away. Fortunately, your WaterLase dentist can safely and effectively treat these sores on your lips, tongue, inner cheek and gums – often relieving the pain immediately.
|Conventional Treatment Scalpels and Sutures||WaterLase Dentistry Treatment|
|During Your Procedure||Local anesthetic with a local injection usually required to prevent pain. Bleeding is common.||Many procedures performed with WaterLase iPlus 2.0 require little to no anesthetic. WaterLase Dentistry also reduces or eliminates bleeding.|
|Immediately After Your Procedure||Immediately After Your Procedure.||WaterLase Dentistry reduces post-operative pain and there is less need for prescription medication.|
|Recovering From Your Procedure||Healing usually causes prolonged discomfort and often takes 6-8 weeks recovery time.||Healing usually takes days with little to no discomfort.|
We may also use our WaterLase iPlus 2.0 to perform other procedures that could benefit you. Contact us today to find out if WaterLase Dentistry is right for you.