Laser Dentistry

Surgical Dentistry & Laser Dentistry located in Yonkers and Thornwood, NY

Laser dentistry makes it easy to treat common oral conditions, including tooth decay and gum disease. At Riverside Dental in Yonkers and Thornwood, New York, dentist and oral surgeon Gemini Master-Patel, DMD, and her team use laser dentistry to manage various issues. Laser dentistry is safe, pain-free, and presents few risks. Call the nearest Riverside Dental office today to request a laser dentistry consultation, or book your appointment online.

How is laser dentistry different from traditional oral health care?

Laser dentistry is a general dentistry subspecialty that uses targeted light energy (lasers) to treat different dental conditions. Laser treatments first became available during the late 1980s and early 1990s, but they didn’t really take off until recently, thanks to more affordable technology.

Laser dentistry provides a more comfortable and less invasive alternative to traditional handheld dental tools like drills and scalers. That’s because lasers emit narrow and focused light beams capable of removing or reshaping the hard and soft tissues in your mouth.

What types of oral issues can laser dentistry treat?

The Riverside Dental team uses laser dentistry to treat various oral issues, including:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Cavities
  • Gum disease (gingivitis and periodontitis)
  • Excess gum tissue (a “gummy” smile)
  • Oral tumors and abscesses
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)

Sometimes, the team uses laser dentistry to remove soft tissue folds. For example, if your dentures rub against your gums in a certain spot, laser tissue removal can reduce irritation and make it easier to bite and chew.

Are there different types of laser dentistry?

The Riverside Dental team offers laser dentistry with two types of lasers, including:

Hard tissue lasers

Hard tissue lasers use specific light wavelengths to reshape or remove damaged or diseased tooth enamel. Riverside Dental utilizes hard tissue lasers to prepare teeth for composite bonding and repair worn down dental fillings.

Soft tissue lasers

Soft tissue lasers treat conditions affecting the soft tissues in the mouth, like your gums or tongue. These lasers can quickly kill harmful bacteria responsible for gum disease or encourage your body’s healing process at the cellular level.  

After an oral exam and review of your dental records, the Riverside Dental team makes personalized treatment recommendations. 

Why should someone consider laser dentistry?

The benefits of laser dentistry go far beyond spending less time in the dentist's chair. At Riverside Dental, laser dentistry:

  • Promotes faster healing
  • Reduces the risk of infection
  • Minimizes bleeding
  • Presents less damage to the surrounding tissues

What’s more, because laser dentistry is so precise, anesthesia is rarely needed. You can undergo treatment and drive yourself home after. 

Call the nearest Riverside Dental office today to see if you can benefit from laser dentistry, or book your appointment online.