Want to renew your smile quickly and easily? How about catching your tiny cavities before they become a real problem? Laser dentistry can do this and more. At Bucks County Smiles, we keep up with the latest in dental advancements, such as laser dentistry, to support the oral health of you and your family.
Laser dentistry sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but it exists in the present! Lasers have advanced nearly every facet of medicine. Now, dentistry is no exception. Lasers are a great adjunct for some gum treatments and cavity removal. These applications are just the beginning of laser dentistry, and Bucks County Smiles will be there as this promising technology grows.
At Bucks County Smiles, our iTero scanners allow us to take digital impressions of your teeth and bite using Near-infrared imaging (NIRI) technology, preventing the need for impression materials to be placed in the mouth, which can be uncomfortable and messy. Our dentists will scan your mouth using a radiation-free laser, and within minutes, the scanner will be able to create an accurate 3D impression of your bite. We can quickly and easily view these digital images to establish an effective treatment schedule for your dental needs.
Cavities, gum disease, and all other oral health concerns are better treated when detected early, which is why NIRI technology offered with iTero scanners has become such an integral part of our practice. These scanners help our dentists provide the most accurate and optimized treatment options for patients, whether they are seeking restorative solutions or orthodontic treatment, such as Invisalign®.
The gums are a crucial component of the perfect smile. The gums’ function in the overall appearance of the smile goes beyond holding the teeth in place. Gum tissue that extends too much over the top of the teeth can be unsightly and even unhealthy because it can lead to conditions such as gingivitis.
A procedure known as a laser gum lift (also known as a gingivectomy) can uncover the natural beauty of your full smile and increase the overall health of your mouth. Gum lifts can be used along with porcelain veneers to create an overall more aesthetically pleasing smile. Maintaining healthy gums also prevents tooth loss and the need for dental implants or dentures.
What this means is that you have more gum showing than usual when you smile, which also means that a smaller portion of your teeth is showing. An excessively gummy smile can be personally embarrassing and make a person not want to smile as much. This can negatively impact social life and even professional prospects.
You may have a gummy smile simply due to genetics. Sometimes it is an indication of an underlying orthodontic problem or a condition such as gingival hyperplasia, which is where gums grow or swell too much due to inflammation or a side effect of medications.
A laser gum lift can fix a gummy smile by removing excess gum tissue and raising the gum line. The process usually only needs to be completed on the front-facing teeth that you see the most when you smile. This non-invasive laser technology is fast and relatively painless, with a minimal healing process. When it’s done, you’ll have a stunning new smile you can feel proud of!