|At Dougherty Dental we take great pride in offering comfort to our patients. A big part of being comfortable at the dentist is not feeling pain or worry during a procedure. Laser dentistry is one of the many tools that we employ to ensure you remain comfortable and happy during your visit to our office in Portland, OR.
Often, if a patient lets us know ahead of time that they are sensitive to dental visits or that they have sore spots in their mouth we will use lasers to treat gum and tooth issues. Be sure to let us know of ahead of the procedure about any way that we can help you be more comfortable.
Hard Tissue Laser Dentistry Procedures
Cavity DetectionYou are probably used to your routine cleanings and exams concluding with the dentist running a pick over your teeth. Slowly and meticulously the doctor searches for cavities with this pick but small and hard to see cavities occasionally go undetected. With the help of low intensity lasers, we are able to detect even the smallest and hardest to find cavities.
Laser teeth whitening is by far the quickest and easiest method for whitening your teeth. Patients often complain about chemical teeth whitening methods being too harsh and leaving their teeth tender. Laser teeth whitening is able to produce the same results as traditional whitening methods but without the same side effects.
Of course, after having your teeth whitened we recommend staying away from drinks and foods that are known to stain teeth to ensure you keep your bright smile.
Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry Procedures
Gum ProceduresDental lasers are frequently used to remove soft tissues from the mouth while providing a comfortable experience and avoiding bleeding. When a patient has a smile that includes a disproportionate amount of gums we have the ability to re-contour the gums to show more of the tooth. This gives the patient’s smile a much more natural look.
Muscle AttachmentSome children suffer from a condition known as ankyloglossia, more commonly referred to as being “tongue tied”. The frenulum is the small piece of skin below the tongue that attaches the tongue to the base of the mouth. When a child is tongue tied the frenulum attaches too much of the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. Being tongue tied can inhibit the ability to speak and even eat.
Laser dentistry allows us to easily and safely detach excess frenulum from the tongue, as well as remove the excess soft tissue left behind by this procedure.
Cold Sore TreatmentWe are even able to treat cold sores with the use of dental lasers. The pain and annoyance of cold sores is often too much to handle. Using a low intensity laser, we can treat each sore which gives a numbing effect to the area. Patients often report that their sold sores heal much more quickly after being laser treated.
We care about your comfort at Dougherty Dental. Call us today at (503) 455-4517 to schedule an appointment.