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Everything You Need to Know About Laser Dentistry

Dentistry is always evolving, and we’re constantly seeking out new, state-of-the-art tools and treatments to make procedures easier and less painful. Laser dentistry has the amazing ability to treat both medical and cosmetic conditions. It’s been used by dentists since 1994 and can work wonders.

At Legacy Dental Care in Ballwin, Missouri, Dr. Amanda Darling believes in the best dental care and making her patients as comfortable as possible. Laser dentistry can address conditions you might be dealing with, and eliminate some of the fears associated with going to the dentist. Not only do we educate you on laser dentistry and all the procedures we offer, but we make sure you know how to take care of your teeth and gums between visits.

A dentist and a laser

A laser takes light energy and focuses it into a beam, which can be used in a number of medical procedures. For dentists, it can be used on both the teeth (hard tissue) and gums (soft tissue).

If you have sensitive teeth, tooth decay, cavities, or gum disease, the use of a laser during a procedure can be much more comfortable for you than traditional tools. It can act as a cutting instrument, and literally vaporize tissue. And for traditional procedures, like filling a cavity, a root canal, or teeth whitening, a laser can add extra benefits.

Benefits of laser dentistry

Conditions and procedures that Dr. Darling treats using laser dentistry include:


When people express an apprehension about going to the dentist, the sound and vibration of the drill may be among the things that make them most uneasy. In place of a drill, a laser can help detect a cavity, kill harmful bacteria, and prepare a tooth for a filling. A laser also can reduce the need for anesthesia.

Gum disease and sores

Bacteria can damage your teeth and gums. If you have gum disease or if your gums cover too much of your teeth, Dr. Darling can use a laser to remove damaged or excess gum tissue. If needed, a laser can also help perform a biopsy in place of a traditional scalpel. And a laser can also be used to remove and more quickly heal cold sores, canker sores, and lesions. 

Teeth whitening

There’s a reason we call them pearly whites, and when our teeth get yellow and stained, we may smile less. When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, and teeth whitening in particular, the laser helps make the procedure much more effective. When the bleaching solution is placed on your teeth, the laser activates the whitener and speeds up the whole process. So your teeth look whiter and brighter in less time.

A healthy mouth means a healthy smile, and laser dentistry can help you achieve both with less discomfort and little risk. Call today to schedule an appointment.

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