Laser Therapy

Dental Implant Institute

Board Certified Periodontist & Dental Implant Expert located in Las Vegas, NV

Laser therapy might sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but it actually allows for safer and more comfortable dental treatments. At Dental Implant Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jennifer Cha, DMD, MS, provides laser therapy on-site to treat gum disease, dental implant repairs, and more. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.

Laser Therapy Q & A

What is laser therapy?

Laser therapy refers to dental procedures that use a laser. It first came onto the scene in the late 1980s but exploded in popularity over the last decade. 

Laser therapy makes it possible for patients to receive complex surgical treatment in a quick, effective, and virtually pain-free manner. The laser therapy tools are strong enough to cut through hard and soft tissues, including tooth enamel and your gums.

What issues can laser therapy address?

At Dental Implant Institute, the team uses laser therapy to address various issues, including:

  • Gum disease
  • Peri-Implant disease
  • Cold sores 
  • Cavities
  • Tooth sensitivity

She also uses laser therapy for more complex procedures, including:

  • Periodontal surgery
  • Dental implant repair
  • Cavity preparation
  • Root canal
  • Smile design

You might also benefit from laser therapy if you need to undergo a surgical procedure to replace damaged gum or bone tissue.

How does laser therapy work?

At Dental Implant Institute, laser therapy is a quick, outpatient procedure. 

Before recommending laser therapy, your provider conducts an oral exam, reviews your oral health history, and asks about your symptoms and lifestyle, including how often you brush and floss, if you use tobacco, and how often you drink alcohol. Your provider uses this information to determine the most beneficial type of laser therapy. 

Once your dentist develops a custom treatment plan, they get to work. Laser therapy is pain-free, so there’s no need for local anesthesia. The lasers target disease and damage precisely and accurately, minimizing bleeding, pain, and swelling. After laser therapy, you can return to work or other regular activities right away. 

Following laser therapy, what should I expect?

Following laser therapy, your mouth begins healing right away. If you undergo laser therapy to address periodontal disease, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent a recurrence of infection. 

Your provider recommends brushing and flossing daily and rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash. You should also visit the Dental Implant Institute every six months for routine cleanings and oral exams. 

If possible, try to quit bad habits like smoking and drinking alcohol. Both tobacco and alcohol increase your risk of gum disease and more serious problems like oral cancer.

If you’re interested in learning more about laser therapy, schedule an appointment at Dental Implant Institute by calling the office or booking online today.