Laser Dentistry in Tuckerton, NJ

LightWalker Dental Laser by Fotona

Fotona Dental Lasers

The latest generation of dental lasers has revolutionized dentistry with treatments that are faster, more effective, and more satisfying to patients and practitioners than ever before. With over 45 years of experience in laser technology, Fotona’s award-winning LightWalker dental laser systems are leading the dental industry forward to new levels of perfection with unrivaled precision, performance, and ease of use.

Fotona was the first manufacturer to introduce two complementary laser wavelengths (Er:YAG and Nd:YAG) in a single system (Twinlight, 1994) and the first to develop a dental laser that outperforms a conventional rotary drill (Fidelis Plus II, 2004). The company’s revolutionary LightWalker AT system, introduced in 2011, is the world’s first scanner-ready dental laser as well as the first to utilize QSP (Quantum Square Pulse) technology for ultimate precision and performance. Today Fotona is recognized as a world leader in the innovation and development of new dental applications and technologies, working closely with top universities and dental research centers around the globe.

The Benefits of Fotona Dental Lasers Include:

  • A full range of hard- and soft-tissue treatments
  • Extremely precise hard-tissue cutting and ablation
  • Easy and effective endodontic treatments
  • Little or no bleeding surgical procedures, with simultaneous disinfection
  • Easy-to-select operating modes for greater simplicity
  • Greater patient satisfaction and less operator fatigue

Lasers in dentistry

Lasers are one of the biggest technological accomplishments of the 20th century.

A laser is a device that emits light through a process of optical amplification based on the stimulated emission of electromagnetic radiation. In the 1960s of the 20th century, when lasers were first used, laser technology continued to constantly develop. In the last two decades, it is widely used in medicine and stomatology and it is the latest revolution in dentistry.

In comparison with traditional methods, laser therapy is gentle, less invasive, and less painful (in most cases there is no need for an anesthetic). Treatment is short, and recovery is pleasant and fast.

At Tuckerton Dental, Dr. Petrosky uses the Fotona Light Walker AT laser, the winner of many awards. This product is included among the top 100 products in dentistry in 2011. This type of laser offers 2 wavelengths which means a wide spectrum of use in all fields of stomatology. Laser beam selectively works on whether soft or hard tissues by removing diseased tissue and disinfecting the operational field.

Conservative Stomatology

Compared to the traditional dental drill, fixing your teeth with lasers is painless and much more comfortable (no unpleasant vibrations or sounds). Lasers are also a great option for treating dental hypersensitivity.

Endodontics

Well cured and adequately filled root canal is a guarantee for the longevity of the teeth. The use of lasers in fixing teeth allows special washing techniques and tooth root channel disinfection methods. Together with mechanical techniques, laser methods are the biggest accomplishment in endodontics.

Periodontics

Laser periodontal therapy is a minimally invasive procedure where special narrow extensions are used to get into periodontal pockets and to remove diseased tissue or hidden scale below the gingival margin. This way bacteria that cause inflammation is being removed. With the use of laser, modern periodontics has undergone a revolution thanks to amazing results which are not comparable to any conventional methods.

Soft Tissue Surgery

For example, lump removal, frenulectomia as a part of orthodontic therapy, vestibulopathy as a periprosthetic therapy, and so on. For a patient, it is more pleasant than classical scalpel surgery. Procedures are faster and painless (with no anesthesia), and there is no bleeding or need to sew. Patient recovery is faster, and tissue will heal with no scars.

Implantology

Laser is used for implant bed preparation and as a treatment for peri-implantitis as a possible method of your choice.

Teeth Whitening

Laser teeth whitening is the safest, fastest, and most efficient method.

Herpes and Acne Treatments

After a short therapy patients will feel instant relief, and the healing time will be shorter.

Well, not quite. So here’s the skinny on what we can and can’t do with the Lightwalker:

What We Can Do With the Lightwalker Dental Laser:

  • Remove bonded porcelain crowns, veneers, and even bridges with the laser.
  • Remove tooth-colored fillings super-fast and easily.
  • Shape teeth for fillings, onlays, and even crowns; we just need the drill to do some final smoothing and polishing.
  • Some cosmetic gum surgeries require changing the shape or amount of bone around the teeth
  • Remove excess gum tissue over implants
  • Remove excess gum tissue that grew up around braces (this is super cool!)
  • Laser root canal therapy with PIPS
  • Some other really cool advanced stuff that will have to wait for me to get more advanced training.

Other procedures that we can do include:

  • NightLase …for Snoring and Sleep Apnea
  • SmoothLase …for Facial Rejuvenation
  • Cosmetic contouring of the gum tissue (gum lift, reshaping)
  • Frenectomies (frenum is a small muscle attachment under the lips)
  • Tongue tie release (the muscle under the tongue)
  • Periodontal therapy (gum disease)
  • Excision of minor growths
  • Crown lengthening (removing gum and bone to expose more teeth)
  • Aphthous ulcer treatment (the laser takes away the discomfort from canker sores)

The majority of these soft tissue procedures are performed with just topical anesthetic gel. There is no suturing required and post-operative discomfort is minimal.

What We Can’t Do With the Lightwalker Dental Laser

  • Take out silver fillings. While the laser can blast it away, as the metal is vaporized, microscopic particles get on the handpiece and result in damage to it. No worries – nothing will happen to you! Just the handpiece can be damaged. However, we can use the laser to “number” or desensitize the tooth in such a way that we can use the drill but still no shot. So you still don’t walk out with a numb face, and it still doesn’t hurt.
  • Some patients have super-sensitive teeth, and no matter what, they feel it.
  • Remove crowns or onlays with metal in them.

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