Laser Dentistry

Laser Dentistry

Laser Dentistry services offered in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

Laser dentistry offers a different way to alter soft and hard tissue, and is a wonderful advancement within dental practice. William Ginzburg, DDS, of Sunset Smile Dental in Sunset Plaza, located in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, offers multiple laser-assisted procedures to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Booking a visit is as simple as making a phone call or spending a few moments online.

Laser Dentistry Q & A

What is laser dentistry?

The word “laser” stands for “light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation.” It’s essentially the use of concentrated beams of light to alter tissue. 


Lasers have been used in dental practice since the late 1980s. Over that time, advancements in laser dentistry have led to some astounding innovations that offer a range of benefits. 


Some of the ways lasers are used in dentistry include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Treating gum disease
  • Detecting cavities
  • Improving hypersensitivity
  • Removing areas of tooth decay
  • Removing tissue to make dentures fit more comfortably


During your next visit, ask your dentist if laser dentistry is a good fit for your current set of needs.


What are some benefits of laser dentistry?

There are numerous benefits of incorporating lasers into dental practice. The precision that laser treatment platforms offer is a primary benefit. Your dentist can remove or alter the exact amount of tissue necessary during a procedure, preserving as much healthy tissue as possible. 


Additional benefits of laser dentistry include:

  • Many procedures can be done without anesthesia
  • Reduced risk of bleeding
  • Reduced risk of bacterial infection
  • Quicker healing
  • Sutures can sometimes be avoided


While laser dentistry is not the right fit for all procedures, there are cases where this approach offers an outstanding path toward a healthier smile.


Is laser dentistry painful?

You might think that having a laser directed toward your teeth and gum tissue would be a painful experience. In reality, laser dentistry is very often a more comfortable experience than more traditional treatment approaches.


Because treatment lasers remove only the targeted tissue, there is less disruption of surrounding tissue and therefore less discomfort. The heat generated from the treatment laser also serves to cauterize the surrounding tissue, so there is less bleeding and reduced inflammation.


During your dental exam, your dentist discusses how laser dentistry aligns with your needs. In some cases, an injection of numbing medication can ensure that you remain comfortable throughout the visit.


If you’d like to learn more about how laser dentistry might fit into your treatment plan, book a visit online or over the phone today. The team at Sunset Smile Dental is standing by to answer questions and help you make an appointment.