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Biolase Laser Dentistry – Corpus Christi, TX

Comfortable & Efficient Dental Treatment

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For generations, instruments like scalpels and drills have been the go-to tools for dentists. While they are certainly effective, they do not always provide the best patient experience. Fortunately, modern technology offers a superior option. Here at John T. Thompson, DDS, we have invested in Biolase laser dentistry. This remarkable tool can contribute to comfortable and efficient dental treatment for patients in Corpus Christi. Would you like to learn more about it? Read the information below.

Laser Dentistry: An Overview

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A laser is basically a highly concentrated beam of light. Lasers have many applications in various fields, and in recent years, a lot of attention has been focused on their uses in medical and dental settings.

There are two types of dental lasers. One is a soft tissue laser, which can be used on the gums and other soft oral tissues. A hard tissue laser can be used on the teeth and jawbone.

Applications of Laser Dentistry

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The Biolase laser can be used for a variety of purposes. Here are some examples of what it can accomplish:

  • Cavity treatment. The laser can be used to remove decayed tissue from inside a cavity — without the use of a noisy, uncomfortable drill. Many patients do not even need local anesthesia for this procedure.
  • Gum disease treatment. A laser can efficiently kill the bacteria that cause gum infections. It can also be used to remove diseased tissue so the mouth has a chance to heal.
  • Canker and cold sore removal. The laser can encourage healing from these painful problems.
  • Cosmetic procedure. A laser may be used for procedures like gum contouring, teeth whitening, and more.

Benefits of Laser Dentistry

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Laser dentistry with the Biolase laser offers some remarkable benefits. Here are some of the most outstanding:

  • Patient comfort. Procedures with lasers are generally much more comfortable than those that use traditional dental instruments.
  • A more relaxing environment. Many patients cringe at the sound of a dental drill. Because lasers reduce or eliminate the need for drilling, you can have a less stressful care experience. In fact, the laser makes virtually no noise at all.
  • Lasers are very precise, meaning that as little healthy tissue as possible is affected during treatments.
  • Minimal bleeding. A laser cauterizes the tissue as it moves, leading to very little bleeding. It often eliminates the need for sutures and contributes to a faster overall healing time.
  • Almost no risk of infection. Because lasers are so good at killing bacteria, the chances of you getting an infection as a result of your procedure are very low. (Infection risk with traditional instruments is also low, but not as low as what you get with laser-based procedures.)

Would you like to learn more about Biolase laser dentistry and how it may be able to change the way you think about oral care? Our team is ready to answer your questions. Get in touch with us to request a consultation.