Laser Dentistry

How your dentist can use lasers and air abrasion to provide pain-free dentistry

Imagine visiting your dentist for tooth decay treatment or soft tissue procedures without the need for a drill, invasive surgery, and in many cases even without requiring local anaesthetic! It may sound too good to be true, but thanks to the commitment to new technology at Danny de Villiers Dentist in Weybridge, more and more patients are now benefiting from pain-free dental treatment.
What is an air abrasion device?
dannythedentist-laser-dentistry-newAn air abrasion device, such as the Aquacut Quattro device used at our Weybridge dental practice, can be used to remove decayed areas of a tooth without the need for a drill – and often without local anaesthetic being required. It is a far more conservative method of removing decayed material from a tooth whilst preserving healthy tooth structure, with no danger of stress fractures or chipping occurring.
There is no vibration, no heat generated, no unpleasant drill noise or smells, which means it is extremely beneficial to patient comfort. For patients who are afraid of the dentist, the drill can often be a trigger, so the AquaCut Quattro can be very beneficial for nervous or anxious patients.
What about laser surgery?
Your dentist can use a laser for many different procedures, from minor soft tissue surgery to whitening or desensitising teeth.
The safety, precision and control provided by the laser used at our Weybrige practice enable dentist Dr Danny de Villiers to carry out intricate procedures with no fear of damaging adjacent tissues in the mouth. Because lasers also seal off blood vessels and nerve endings, they prevent bleeding inside the mouth and also considerably reduce post-operative discomfort and swelling.
Among the laser treatments available from the dentist at our Weybridge practice are:

  • Gingivoplasty
  • Frenectomy
  • Treatment of canker sores/cold sores
  • Laser bacterial reduction
  • Teeth whitening
  • Treatment of traumatic injuries
  • Reducing sensitivity in teeth

Laser Dentistry: the Answer to Dentophobia

Pain, hassle and cost – these things usually keep people from visiting the dentist. The combination of aftercare aches, lengthy treatments and costs leave an undesirable experience for patients. Thanks to laser dentistry, however, people have no more reasons to fear the dentist.
Danny de Villiers DentistLaser dentistry is an advanced treatment method for a range oral problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Lasers reduce discomfort from canker sores, remove decay and cure or harden the tooth’s filling. Laser dentistry can also remove bacteria in the gums, lesions in the mouth and infections in root canals.
Besides surgeries, the lasers have preventative and cosmetic fucions. Dentists use it to perform biopsies for oral cancer, reshape gums, bone tissue for crown lengthening procedures and remove muscle attachments that limit proper movement. The laser energy hits the peroxide bleaching solution in the tooth’s surface, which activates and speeds up the teeth whitening process.
Laser dentistry lessens the difficulties, pain and costs that come with dental treatments. Dentists have greater control and precision in the procedures, making sure that errors are less likely to happen. Laser treatments are usually painless, which reduce anaesthesia and its side effects. Patients wear special glasses to protect their eyes from the laser.
Unlike dental drills, laser treatment does not produce unpleasant pressure, noise and vibrations that may affect treatment and patients. This procedure is less invasive and almost bloodless, reducing post-treatment complications and accelerating the patient’s recovery. Those with sensitive teeth do not have to endure more pain during and after the treatment.
Whilst laser dentistry has many advantages, do note that it has its limitations. It does not apply to some scenarios, such as curing teeth with existing fillings, fixing large cavities for crown implants or filling cavities between teeth. Dentists may have to use drills to shape the filling, adjust the bite, and polish the filling on a case-to-case basis.
Find out if you are eligible for laser treatments by consulting the dentists who practice it. Danny de Villiers Dentist is a certified laser dentistry practitioner in Weybridge. We perform minimally invasive laser treatments for your convenience and peace of mind.