What is Laser Dentistry and how can it make for comfortable dental visits?

For many people, the thing they dread most about a dental visit is the shot. If this is the case for you, you’ll be glad to hear about Laser Dentistry. Laser Dentistry means fewer shots and less anesthesia for you. In the case of a dental patient who avoids the dentist for fear of the needle, this is great news.

Dr. Rob Bradley, a dentist with First Choice Dental in West Madison, says, “Our patients are shocked and delighted to learn how much easier their dental visit is with Laser Dentistry. It’s more comfortable, less invasive treatment with no post-op numb lips.”

The main benefit of Laser Dentistry is the opportunity for no-drill, no-shot appointments. Waterlase® is the versatile Laser Dentistry tool that First Choice Dental uses to allow our dentists to ensure comfort for fillings, as well as more involved dental procedures. Laser Dentistry enables us to perform procedures with less trauma. Your dentist will determine what type of dentistry treatment is most appropriate for your needs.

“Our prevalent use of Laser Dentistry is part of our commitment to gentle, comfort-conscious™ care and technology,” says Dr. Bradley.

Laser Dentistry is news to some, but is a long-time standard of care in the healthcare industry.
Lasers have long been the standard of care in medicine for many surgical and cosmetic procedures. Think of LASIK eye surgery, laser wrinkle removal, hair removal and many others. It’s a bit newer within the dental realm, and not all dentists make it available to their patients at this time. But First Choice Dental uses Laser Dentistry on a daily, even hourly basis, throughout nine Madison dentist locations.

The Waterlase® was approved for hard tissue procedures in 1998 and since has been cleared for numerous additional laser dental procedures. Thousands of dentists around the world have performed millions of procedures with less need for shots, anesthesia, drills and fewer post-op numb lips.

Laser Dentistry creates comfort both during and after your dental visit.
What usually causes discomfort during a dental procedure is the combination of heat, vibration, and pressure of the drill. The Waterlase® does not generate heat, vibration or pressure, so many dental procedures can be performed with fewer shots, less need for anesthesia, less use of the drill and fewer numb lips! Plus, after the procedure you’ll notice a quicker recovery time due to less bleeding, post-operative pain, swelling and the need for pain medication in many cases.

One key to Laser Dentistry is early detection.
If you’re intrigued by Laser Dentistry, the key is to keep up on regular dental visits, because early detection is key. The earlier we're able to detect tooth decay and cavities, the more likely it is that you'll be a candidate for Laser Dentistry. So be sure to keep up on routine dental hygiene visits so we can detect and diagnose issues early on. If you're overdue for your six-month check-up, you can schedule your visit online today. All First Choice Dental offices offer Laser Dentistry. View our complete list of Locations to find the office nearest to you. Or learn more about Laser Dentistry.