Lasers have been used in dentistry for over 30 years. In the early days, laser dental cleaning was primarily used for hard tissue removal, such as removing tooth decay or preparing a tooth for a filling. However, laser technology has come a long way in recent years and is now commonly used for various dental procedures, including gum contouring, teeth whitening, and dental cleaning.

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What is Laser Dental Cleaning?

Laser dental cleaning (dental laser bacterial reduction) is a relatively new procedure that is becoming increasingly popular among dentists and patients. This method involves using a laser (light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) to remove harmful bacteria, plaque, tartar, and stains from the teeth. 

There are several benefits of laser dental cleaning.

  • Laser dental cleaning is a much more comfortable experience for patients than traditional dental cleaning methods. The laser energy helps break up the plaque and tartar on the teeth, making removing it easier for patients with sensitive teeth.
  • The bacteria in normal healthy gums is reduced, preventing toxins from entering as vapors.
  • Lasers can be used to treat canker sores and ulcers to help remove these painful lesions.

Routine Clean vs. Deep Clean

Most patients who have their teeth cleaned will receive a routine cleaning, which is also called a prophylactic cleaning. Routine cleaning is a preventative measure to remove plaque and tartar buildup before it leads to more serious dental problems, such as tooth decay or gum disease.

Deep cleaning, also called scaling and root planing is a more intensive cleaning usually recommended for patients with gum disease. Deep cleanings are necessary to remove plaque and tartar below the gumline in the gum pockets and smooth out any rough spots on the teeth where bacteria can hide. Laser treatment can be used for both routine and deep cleanings.

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What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease (periodontal disease) is a serious problem that can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Gum disease occurs when plaque and tartar build-up below the gum line, causing the gums to become inflamed and swollen

This inflammation can eventually lead to bone loss, which can cause the teeth to become loose and fall out. Dental cleaning with a laser can help remove the plaque and tartar that cause gum disease and can also help to reverse the effects of early gum disease.

The Laser Cleaning Procedure

Laser dental cleaning is a quick and easy procedure that can be done in a single office visit.

  1. To start, the dentist will use a laser to remove any plaque or tartar on the surface of the teeth.
  2. Next, the dentist will use the laser to clean below the gum line to remove any bacteria hiding there.
  3. Finally, the laser will be used to smooth out any rough spots on the teeth, making it more difficult for bacteria to attach themselves in the future.

Is Laser Dental Cleaning For Me?

Laser dental cleaning is a safe and effective procedure that can be used on patients of all ages. This cleaning method is especially beneficial for those with sensitive teeth or gums, as it is much more comfortable than traditional methods. The laser is safe for all types of teeth, including veneers, crowns, and implants.

Importance of Oral Care between Cleanings

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It is important to keep up with your oral hygiene between dental cleanings, as this will help prevent plaque and tartar buildup. 

Some daily steps to follow include:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Flossing once a day to remove plaque in harder-to-reach spots.
  • Limiting sugary and acidic foods and drinks.
  • Avoiding tobacco products.

Following these simple steps can help keep your teeth healthy and clean in between laser dental cleanings.

Risks of Using Lasers

There are few risks associated with laser dental cleaning, as the laser is a safe tool. The most common side effect is sensitivity to cold or heat after the procedure, and this sensitivity should go away within a few days.

Other rare side effects include:

  • Burning of the gums
  • Swelling of the gums

Experience The Difference

At DeWitt Dental Associates, we use the latest laser technology to provide our patients with the best possible care. Our laser dental cleaning treatments are gentle and effective and can help you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile. 

Laser dentistry is just one of the advanced techniques we use at our dental office. We want you and each of our patients to enjoy a comfortable experience free from dental anxiety and pain. Please call us at 303-321-5656 or complete the online booking form.

If you live in Denver, Englewood, Cherry Creek, or the surrounding areas and are interested in learning more about our laser dentistry services and other aspects of our effective, gentle dental care, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates today. Let us be your dentist in Denver.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is laser dental cleaning painful?

No, laser dental cleaning is not painful. The laser is gentle and will not cause any discomfort.

How often should I get laser dental cleaning?

Most dentists recommend getting laser dental cleaning every six months. However, depending on your oral health, your dentist may recommend more or less frequent cleanings.

How long does laser dental cleaning take?

Laser dental cleaning usually takes about an hour to complete depending on the condition of your teeth and gums.

Is laser dental cleaning worth it?

Yes, laser dental cleaning is definitely worth it! This procedure can help remove plaque and tartar, bacteria, and rough spots on the teeth, and it is also much more comfortable than traditional methods of dental cleaning.