Laser Cosmetic Dentistry
What is Laser Cosmetic Dentistry?
At Bakersfield Smile Design we combine the latest cosmetic dentistry techniques with state-of-the-art equipment to offer our local Bakersfield patients with optimal dental care. Laser dentistry uses lasers as a replacement for traditional rotary tools. Laser dentistry is used in many cosmetic and general dentistry procedures like cavity removal, hardening bonding material, periodontal treatments, and tooth whitening.
‘Laser‘ is an acronym for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”. …A complicated string of words meaning a single wavelength beam of highly concentrated light energy. And it’s precisely that high energy that’s made lasers so useful in both general medicine and cosmetic dentistry. The laser’s intense, narrow wavelength has specific, predictable and powerful effects when it contacts both hard and soft tissues of the body. So it’s no wonder that the laser can be such an advanced tool in the hands of a skilled professional.
Through the use of lasers in cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry, a patient’s dental visit is much more pleasant, and the amount of time needed for procedures is reduced. Laser dentistry greatly reduces the need for anesthesia because there is no heat or vibration emitted from the laser, and the area is sterilized while it is being treated during dental procedures. For patients who still require anesthesia, the amount they need is greatly reduced.
By controlling and delivering energy in the form of light, lasers can be used to vaporize different tissues. Lasers in general and cosmetic dentistry target decay, whitening enhancers, gum tissues, and enamel. These dental lasers can be adjusted so that they affect only the tissue they are supposed to remove. For instance, in a cavity removal, the laser is adjusted so that only the decayed material is vaporized, leaving more of your healthy, natural tooth intact.
The laser beam can be precisely directed to only the tissues needing treatment, and the way it works virtually eliminates bleeding and sterilizes the area at the same time. All of this translates to higher quality treatments, better outcomes, and greater comfort for the patient. Currently, dental applications include gum disease treatments, cosmetic gum re-contouring, root canal therapy, decay detection and elimination, incision cauterizing, removal of growths, and biopsies.
After we go through the smile guide and have answered all the questions a mold is taken of your teeth, from which the veneers are modeled after. You will be given temporary veneers until your permanent veneers are ready. While wearing the temporary veneers, let us know of any adjustments or changes you would like made, such as in shape or size. The Veneers are then created from an impression taken in our office. We place the veneers with glycerin on the teeth to verify their perfect fit and the shade or color. The color cannot be changed after the veneers are adhered to your teeth, so be sure to let us know if there are any adjustments you would like to make. The tooth is then cleansed with chemicals to achieve a durable bond. Once the glue is between the veneer and your tooth, a light beam is used to harden the glue/cement.
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Over 20 years of Cosmetic Dentistry and 15 years serving Bakersfield, California, Dr. Krauss has performed thousands of complete smile restorations. He helps patients make the best decisions for their smiles and oral health by sharing his expertise.