Laser Dentistry An Overview
Laser dentistry has made many dental procedures less invasive and more effective. It is minimally invasive, significantly reduces swelling and bleeding, and eliminates the need for sutures. For many patients, laser dentistry techniques can eliminate the need for oral surgery that typically requires lengthy recovery times.
Laser dentistry is a state-of-the-art and safe technology that can improve dental procedures. We can help you recover faster by promoting natural healing responses using laser dentistry for more successful results.
Dr. Brenda Paulen is a highly trained dentist practicing laser dentistry in Sandy Springs, GA. Dr. Paulen has undergone advanced training in laser techniques to help patients achieve their optimal results. She has been providing personalized and comprehensive dental health care to patients of all ages for over 20 years.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
- Less pain & swelling
- Less bleeding & sensitivity
- Less gum tissue loss
- Shorter downtimes
- Reduced risk of infection
- Promotes natural healing of tissue
- Safe for children and adults
Before & After Laser Treatment at Proud Smiles
Laser Dentistry What to Expect
Laser dentistry can treat a wide range of dental health concerns and cosmetic dentistry needs with quick appointments, minimal downtime, and speedier recoveries. Many modern cosmetic procedures use dental lasers to correct issues with teeth and gums. Visit our dental office in Sandy Springs for effective treatments.
Drill-Free Laser Dentistry at Proud Smiles
Tongue Ties, Lip Ties
We can correct tongue-tie, or frenulum restriction. This is a common condition that occurs when the tongue or lips become stuck to the bottom of your mouth by the frenulum. Many children are born with tongue-tie. However, cosmetic dentists can correct this early in life to prevent complications with speech development.
Laser dentistry for tongue ties eliminate the need for a surgical procedure. We can treat children and adults for tongue-tie using laser dentistry. The laser severs the frenulum releasing the tongue for a more natural range of motion.
Treating tongue ties early on in life helps children prevent an increased risk of tooth decay, maladjustments, and speech impediments. Proud Smiles Dental is proud to offer comfortable laser frenectomy procedures for adolescents and adults.
We can use laser dentistry to recontour a gummy smile or uneven gum line for a healthier, more aesthetically pleasing smile.
Patients with a large gum surface, or a gummy smile, can find it difficult to receive dental restoration because the teeth are too short. Laser dentistry allows us to trim the gum line back, exposing more of the tooth surface. Treating a gummy smile can help patients feel more confident in their smile.
For patients with an uneven gum line, Dr. Paulen can use lasers to even out the contour of the gum line. Gum contouring no longer requires invasive gum surgery. Furthermore, laser dentistry can recontour gum lines without the need for stitches. We will be able to reduce patient downtime and minimize swelling during your recovery.
Gum bleaching, also known as depigmentation, is a relatively simple and painless procedure. The process changes the color of your gums that may have dark spots or bands of melanin. Dr. Paulen will begin with a thorough evaluation of your gum health. She may recommend addressing any existing gum disease before a gum bleaching treatment.
Gingival hyperpigmentation is a harmless condition that can cause spots or darkening of the gums. Using a soft tissue laser, Dr. Paulen can treat hyperpigmentation or dark spots. We provide a symmetrical, natural-looking gum line that will complement your overall appearance. Gum bleaching is typically safe and effective for all patients.
We can complete treatment in one office visit. After the application of a topical anesthetic, Dr. Paulen will gently use the laser to lighten spots and dark areas of gum tissue. The process will stimulate the natural healing response and the regrowth of healthy, uniform gum tissue.
Patients can return to their normal daily routine the next day with some dietary restrictions. Mild tenderness is common for a few days following the procedure. It is also recommended that patients avoid spicy, acidic, or crunchy foods for a few days following treatment to minimize discomfort.
Mucoceles are a common condition that appears as small fluid-filled sacks that form inside the mouth. The sacks can be clear or bluish in color. They are most commonly found on the cheeks, the lower lip, or on the roof or floor of the mouth.
In most cases, a blocked salivary gland causes mucoceles to form. Although typically harmless, mucoceles can interfere with eating or speaking and may cause permanent scar tissue if you don’t address them. Deeper mucocele can cause discomfort and pain. Visit Dr. Paulen if you find any swelling or lumps that persist for longer than a few days inside your mouth.
Traditionally treated using surgery, Dr. Paulen can often remove a mucocele using dental lasers. The laser can clear the blocked or injured saliva duct and remove the fluid-filled sack. Laser dentistry reduces the healing time and is less invasive than traditional surgical methods.
Cold sores are a virus that manifests as small sores on the lips or inner cheeks. Cold sore breakouts typically occur during high stress and can take weeks to heal. Diode lasers can treat cold sores and may even reduce breakouts in the treated area.
Dr. Paulen helps patients with cold sores using diode lasers. The diode laser actually kills the virus that causes the cold sore in the area of the lesion. Some patients require several diode laser treatments per outbreak.
Our team is gentle and patients will not require any numbing agent or pain medication. In some cases, patients see results within just 24 hours after their laser treatment. Over time, patients who treat cold sores with laser therapy typically see a reduction in breakout size and frequency.
Request an Appointment Today
If you’re looking for a dental practice that offers laser dentistry, look no further! Dr. Brenda Paulen and her team are experienced in providing laser dentistry for patients in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Request a consultation with Dr. Brenda Paulen today. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and help you decide if laser dentistry is the right choice for you.