We associate lasers with Star Wars and rock concerts, but they are also an advanced tool for dentistry. You’ll see them in use at Whitmore Dental.
Lasers actually control how atoms release light particles (photons), resulting in a powerful beam of light. You can read more about them in this article. For dentists, lasers are a wonderful tool that provides precision. Dr. Marc Whitmore uses lasers in some of the following ways:
Precision for crown procedures and other forms of restorative dentistry
Lasers are helpful technology for restorative dentistry. For example, Dr. Whitmore incorporates lasers in certain crown preparations, to help ensure that gum tissue lines up perfectly with the edge of the crown.
Lasers are so precise that minimal or no anesthetic may be required.
Dr. Whitmore also uses lasers for gingivectomies—the removal of excess gum tissue, which can be done both in treating gum disease and for cosmetic purposes. Treatment during gum therapy removes diseased or infected tissue lining the pockets around your teeth.
“The laser will kill the bacteria that cause your gum disease. We also know that treatment with the laser boosts the healthy cells in the gums to heal faster and with minimal discomfort,” says Rachel, Whitmore Dental Patient Care Coordinator.
Treatment of mouth ulcers and fever blisters
Whitmore Dental team members Kerri and Rachel have received specialized and state-required training lasers treatment of cold sores, also known as fever blisters. These painful, fluid-filled blisters appear around the border of the mouth and are usually caused by the Herpes Simplex Type 1 virus.
“We’ve seen blisters cured in 48 hours that would normally last several weeks,” Whitmore Dental Hygienist Kerri says. She recommends that patients contact the practice on the first day that they start to develop cold sore symptoms, so that the team can provide prompt treatment. The treatment is fast and painless.
Have problems with a current crown or with cold sores? Contact Whitmore Dental for treatment options. To arrange a consultation, contact Janet or Rachel at 877-779-4486. We are conveniently located at 5932 West Parker Road, Suite 600, Plano, TX 75093.