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Dr. Michael W. Stuart

Dr. Craig E. Stannebein

2700 Grand Avenue, Suite D. Billings, MT 59102

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How Lasers Make For Better Dental Care

  • February 17, 2016

Lasers generate heat, and heat can cause pain.

So, you might be surprised to learn that we use lasers at Legacy Smiles to provide pain-free dental care.

Technology has improved many aspects of dentistry, and if you ask us, one of the “coolest” examples of this is the Waterlase.

Patients who come to our dentist office in Billings, MT, have learned how the Waterlase is used to treat root canal problems, periodontal disease, and tooth decay.

If you would like to feel the difference a dental laser can make, make an appointment to see us.

What Is The Waterlase?

Lots of people have dental anxiety, and one of the reasons for that is fear of the drill. More specifically, the pain and the vibrations caused by the drill.

The Waterlase replaces the drill in a really innovative way.

Lasers can be used to cut into things, which means they can do the same job as a drill. A laser by itself could be painful, however.

The Waterlase corrects this problem by passing the laser through a stream of water. The water cools the laser so you do not experience any pain from the heat of the laser.

We’ll give you a few examples of how we have incorporated the Waterlase into our dental care.

Laser Root Canal Treatments

Let’s say you have developed a toothache, which means you should go to the dentist. Instead, you try to live with it, hoping it will go away, but it keeps getting worse.

When you finally can’t stand it anymore, you come to see us. Our dental staff takes some X-rays and examines your tooth, and sure enough, we find that the pulp inside your tooth has become infected.

You need a root canal treatment.

If we pulled out a drill, we understand why you might be worried. But, we don’t have to do that thanks to the Waterlase.

The Waterlase can be used to cut a hole into your tooth without causing you any pain and without the vibrations to your jaw that you might experience with a drill.

Once the opening is made we can remove the infected pulp from inside your root canal.

Laser Gum Disease Treatments

Now, let’s say you have developed periodontal disease. You didn’t floss like you were supposed to and now you have pockets between your gums and teeth. The infected tissue needs to be removed before your gum disease does any more damage.

The infected tissue needs to be removed before your gum disease does any more damage.

In really serious cases of gum disease, some dentists might use a scalpel to cut into your gums. That can cause bleeding, which can make the procedure more difficult. This can increase the time it takes for your gums to heal, too.

With the Waterlase, we can fix both of those issues. Our laser can be used to remove the infected gum tissue without causing you any pain and with little to no bleeding, which means a faster recovery for you.

Another benefit is the Waterlase allows us to be more precise. This means we preserve more of your healthy gum tissue than we would if we used a scalpel.

Other Uses For The Waterlase

Let’s say you have developed a cavity. Unfortunately, this will happen to most people at least once during their lives.

Even so, you won’t have to worry about a drill if you come to our office. We can use our Waterlase to remove the parts of your tooth that have been damaged. Then, your tooth is ready for a filling.

Or let’s say you have a bigger problem. Your tooth has become decayed and yellowed, and a filling won’t be enough. You need a dental crown to restore the appearance and the function of your tooth.

In some places, the dentist might file away the tooth, but we can use our Waterlase, instead. Once again, we can reshape your tooth without causing you any pain, and you can get the dental crown that you need.

From a cosmetic side, let’s say you have a “gummy smile”. This could be because your gums are too thick or because your teeth did not come out very far when they erupted.

In either case, we can use the Waterlase to reshape your gums by removing gum tissue. Then, you can show off more of your pearly whites when you smile.

Advanced Dental Care

Technology is great for you and all our patients. It allows us to provide quality care with less pain and more precision at our dentist office in Billings, MT.

If you would like to learn more about how Legacy Smiles can help you with our Waterlase and our other state-of-the-art technology, just call us at (406) 794-3114 or fill out our online form to make an appointment.

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