Does the thought of going to the dentist bring about feelings of anxiety and fear?
You are not alone; it estimated that 9% to 15% of Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety and fear. That's about 30 million to 40 million people.
Advances in dental technology have evolved resulting in making dental visits much more comfortable.
One of the advances in dental technology is dental lasers. The use of lasers in dentistry has been around for more than 20 years.
Dr. Henry Kim in Mission Viejo uses this dental laser technology to improve your comfort and reducing or eliminating the need for dental anesthesia.
Laser is an acronym that stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Light is measured in wavelengths. Every wavelength has a specific output and specific tissue interaction that is always predictable. The different wavelengths for dental lasers perform different procedures.
During a dental laser treatment, the laser device transmits a highly-concentrated beam of light that is used to treat tooth decay, enamel, and gum tissue. Common laser dentistry procedures include oral surgery or periodontal treatment (gum disease, gingivitis), cavity treatment, and teeth whitening.
Advantages of Laser Dentistry include:
- Minimal or no anesthesia
- Minimal bleeding
- Reduced postoperative infection
- Faster healing
- more comfort
- Reduced time in dentist's chair
- Minimal noise (like a traditional dentist's drill)
- Improved bonding process
- Quick removal of tooth decay
- Preservation of tooth structure
- A more sterilized environment (dental laser kills bacteria)
- For the treatment of canker sore and herpes lesions, the laser can actually decrease the pain experienced by these sores.
Henry Kim, DMD, PC in Mission Viejo is a multi-specialty practice, including; Dr. Henry Kim, prosthodontist, Dr. Hyung Jin Bae, periodontist, and Dr. Tyson Curtis, Endodontist. We offer a wide range of dental lasers to diagnose and treat dental disease for each dental specialty.
Laser Fluorescence Carries Detection Aid
The Diagnodent® is a revolutionary tool that aids us in the early detection of cavities and other dental problems. DIAGNOdent® is a system that uses an ultra-sensitive laser to detect the small lesions that will eventually turn into cavities, long before they would show up on X-rays. This allows Dr. Henry Kim to treat the problems with minimally invasive techniques such as air abrasion, rather than having to resort to the drill.
The ezlase™ Dental Soft Tissue Laser is a diode laser designed for a wide variety of oral soft tissue procedures including aesthetic gingival re-contouring, soft tissue crown lengthening, exposure of soft tissue impacted teeth, removal of inflamed and hypertrophic tissue, frenectomies, and photostimulation of the apthous and herpetic lesions.
The WaterLase laser combines water, air and laser energy that is used to treat soft and hard dental tissues. Dr. Henry Kim can remove decay and prepare the tooth for simple fillings. Our hygienists use it in the removal of diseased or inflamed soft tissue in periodontal pocket areas.
Dr. Hyung Jin Bae in Mission Viejo uses (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) an FDA-cleared and patented Laser Periodontal Therapy™ (LPT™) technique that offers a proven, vastly less painful and invasive treatment alternative to conventional scalpel/suture flap surgery. LANAP=LAR (Laser Assisted Regeneration)
is the only scientifically, research proven methodology that results in true periodontal regeneration, new bone growth and gum tissue reattachment. The 7 variable pulse durations can be thought of as “different lasers” in one device as they have discrete and discriminating tissue interactions. Dr. Hyung Bae has had much success with the LANAP=LAR treatment. It is one of the most successful protocols in treating gum disease because it can target the source of the inflammation without hurting or removing any healthy gum tissue, slow or stop attachment loss and decrease pocket depth, and allowing the body to recover from the chronic infection without the need for scalpel or sutures.
The LAPIP protocol is the only patient-friendly, predictable solution for failing implants. Studies indicate 95% of the failing implants treated with the LAPIP protocol have reintegrated in the pocket and stabilized with bone growth of 3-8 threads.
Because no resection or reflection of a vertically oriented flap is needed, the integrity of the structural tissue is retained. Thus, all other future treatment options remain.
To see how Laser Dentistry in Mission Viejo can help you with your dental needs, contact our office at 949- 472-5499.