Laser Dentistry in Fairfield and Hampton VIC
Your gums are the outline for your smile, and if you don’t like the way your gums look because they interfere with your smile, our compassionate dentists in Fairfield and Hampton understand. This is why we offer laser dentistry, which might be an excellent option for you.
Laser dentistry may also help in the treatment of periodontal disease, also called gum disease.
If you would like to arrange an evaluation for laser dentistry in Hampton, VIC, or if you have any questions, we anticipate your call.
We also invite you to continue reading to learn more about laser dentistry, periodontal disease and prevention. If you have a question that is not covered here, we would love to hear from you.
- What is laser dentistry?
- Is laser dentistry right for me?
- Is laser dentistry painful?
- What is cosmetic gingival (gum) recontouring?
- Can laser dentistry help with excessive gum tissue?
- What is periodontal disease?
- How does laser dentistry help treat periodontal disease?
- How can I help prevent periodontal disease?
- How can I learn more about laser dentistry?
What is laser dentistry?
Is your gum tissue uneven? Do you have too much gum tissue visible when you smile?
Gingival recontouring is a simple way to correct concerns like these and others. Using gentle laser therapy, we adjust the gumlines without the use of surgical techniques. Unlike traditional surgery, laser surgery does not require stitches; therefore, patients often enjoy greater comfort and faster healing times.
We typically recommend laser dentistry when our patients experience:
- Gummy smiles—an unflattering gum to tooth ratio
- An overgrowth of gum tissue—too much gum tissue compared to tooth size or shape
- Teeth that appear shorter than usual—often due to wear or too much gum tissue
- Uneven gumlines—sometimes due to sporadic gum recession
- Unhealthy gum margins around restorations—may compromise the integrity of the restoration or your oral health
- Gingival recontouring—minimise gum tissue bulk to flatter teeth
- Tight or overgrown tissue under the tongue (tongue-tie)—may make speaking and breathing difficult
Is laser dentistry right for me?
At Sparkle Dental Care, one of our dentists evaluates your teeth and gums carefully—this may include x-rays—to make sure that chosen treatments and procedures are safe for you. Often the choice of therapies comes down to you and your smile goals. In other words, will a particular treatment bring the results you’ve been looking for? Your dentist welcomes your questions and encourages you to share your smile goals during your laser dentistry consultation.
Other considerations may include:
- The state of your oral health
- The state of your overall wellness
- Any restorations
Oral health conditions, systematic wellness issues and restorations do not necessarily rule you out as a candidate for laser dentistry. Laser dentistry is less invasive than traditional surgery, so it is often the preferred method for those who have existing health concerns.
Your dentist in Fairfield or Hampton will discuss any findings with you and help you decide whether laser dentistry is your best option.
Is laser dentistry painful?
Laser dentistry relies on precision lasers to treat oral health conditions as opposed to surgery. This means no cutting, no stitches and faster recovery time.
Typically, new patients who suffer from phobias or dental anxiety are happy with their laser dentistry experience. They can get the gum treatments they need, including periodontal therapy, with ease.
What is cosmetic gingival (gum) recontouring?
Soft tissue laser technology allows us to offer our patients an alternative cosmetic service that is minimally invasive, comfortable and creates dramatic effects. With soft tissue lasers, the gum tissues can be treated for disease as well as adjusted to be more aesthetically pleasing.
Once completed, the procedure leaves teeth looking fuller and more even, and it minimises bulky gum tissues. The entire process takes only a few minutes to complete from start to finish.
Can laser dentistry help with excessive gum tissue?
Excessive gum tissues can make you feel uncomfortable when laughing or speaking. Fortunately, laser dentistry can help.
One of the most significant benefits of laser gingivectomies is the ability to avoid discomfort and lengthy recovery times. Lasers use light energy to close the area being treated, preventing the need for sutures or wound maintenance.
Laser gingivectomy therapy does not require local anaesthesia, but of course, we always offer it to our patients. For more information about laser gingivectomy, speak to our friendly dental team at Sparkle Dental Care.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease means you have a series of infections in your gums and the tissue surrounding your teeth. This is a potentially severe disease that can lead to tooth loss, heart attack and stroke. At Sparkle Dental Care, it is our goal to keep your teeth and gums healthy for life, and we certainly want you to be well.
In the early gingivitis stage, the inflammation may be reversible. However, when gingivitis becomes periodontal disease, you will require ongoing treatment to save your teeth and your health.
Symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Bleeding gums, especially when brushing and flossing your teeth
- Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth that does not leave following brushing and flossing
- Teeth that appear longer due to tissues moving away from teeth
- Periodic or ongoing toothaches or tooth sensitivity
- Pocketing where your gums have pulled away from your teeth
You do not have to have all the symptoms of periodontal disease to have the condition, which is why your dentist recommends arranging a dental exam if you notice any oral health changes that do not go away.
How does laser dentistry help treat periodontal disease?
When periodontal disease causes pockets between the teeth and gums, it creates a harbour for bacteria. Soft-tissue dental lasers can remove diseased tissue and bacteria that lead to an advanced infection. In some cases, lasers can promote the regeneration of healthy tissue. When the area is clean and free from bacteria, healing can begin.
Our hygienists and dentists will evaluate gum health with a periodontal exam at each visit. We look for signs of inflammation, bleeding, and pocketing. In its early stage, called gingivitis, gum disease is sometimes reversible. As it advances, regular dental maintenance at more frequent intervals can help us manage the condition.
How can I help prevent periodontal disease?
The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to arrange dental exams and teeth cleans regularly. You also want to brush and floss daily and keep your mouth free from bacteria.
Your regular dental exams mean your dentist can catch small problems before they become serious issues like periodontal disease. Also, teeth cleans in our dental clinic eliminate the bacteria that may lead to periodontal disease.
If you smoke or use tobacco, we recommend quitting. Tobacco may contribute to or worsen periodontal disease.
A member of our dental team can provide brushing and flossing tips, and your medical doctor may be able to assist you with smoking cessation.
At Sparkle Dental Care, we want you to be safe and healthy.
How can I learn more about laser dentistry?
Contact either our Fairfield or Hampton dental clinics to book a consultation and learn how laser dentistry can help you? We warmly welcome new patients, we encourage your questions, and we look forward to seeing your smile.