Laser Dentistry

Svetlana Yampolsky, D.D.S.

Cosmetic Dentistry located in Midtown West, New York, NY

Advancements in laser technology have revolutionized the field of dentistry, greatly expanding preventive, restorative, and cosmetic options. Dr. Svetlana Yampolsky offers the latest laser dentistry procedures to men and women in Midtown West, NoMad, Kips Bay, Murray Hill, and throughout New York City. Only approximately 6% of dental practices in the United States incorporate laser technology into their dental services, and Dr. Yampolsky is proud to rank among those practitioners. To explore what role laser dentistry can play in your dental health, schedule an appointment online or call the office.

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What is laser dentistry?

Medical professionals have been using lasers since 1950. Laser surgery is not limited only to medicine, but many people have never heard of laser dentistry before having it done.  Dentists use lasers in a variety of procedures.

Laser is a device that produces a concentrated beam of light. The highly focused laser beam has a unique ability to vaporize the infected or damaged tissue. It is very precise, it seals the blood vessels and does not create mechanical trauma to the adjacent tissue. 

The CO2 laser can be used to make incisions, as well as to remove and rejuvenate infected or damaged tissue. Dental laser are so precise that they can selectively remove only a few cells at a time, if needed. When needed, it is powerful enough to remove a large tumor.

What are the advantages of laser dentistry?

  • Elimination of drilling sounds
  • No vibration during treatment
  • No sensation of heat generation
  • A dentist has advanced precision
  • Reduced need for anesthesia
  • Faster healing
  • Reduced bleeding

Laser dentistry is poised to become the treatment norm among US dentists, and Dr. Yampolsky is dedicated to remaining on the cutting-edge of laser tools and techniques.

Is laser dentistry painful?

Laser procedures are often less painful because the laser enables precise removal of targeted tissue. That means Dr. Yampolsky can address your dental issues without damaging surrounding tissue.

You receive a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable throughout your procedure. Many laser procedures are completed faster than traditional techniques allow, which is great for men and women with dental anxieties.

Which procedures use laser technology?

Dr. Yampolsky uses laser dentistry in numerous procedures and is always seeking additional training in innovative laser applications. Here are some of the procedures that incorporate laser technology:

  • Desensitizing Canker sore and cold sore pain treatments.
  • Desensitizing sensitive teeth
  • Sterilizing root canal infections.
  • Treating gum disease.
  • Gingivectomy/Gingivoplasty
  • Gum recounting
  • Biopsies
  • Exposing wisdom teeth.
  • Removing benign oral tumours.
  • Frenectomy

Oral lesions

Laser treatment helps deliver instant relief from discomfort associated with canker sores, herpetic lesions, and aphthous ulcers.

Frenectomy

You have several frena in your mouth: one band of thin tissue that runs between the bottom of your mouth and your tongue, and two that connect your upper and lower lips to your gum tissue. If you or your child has an abnormality in these thin bits of connective tissue, a frenectomy can correct the issue.

Cosmetic gum contouring

A beautiful and harmonious smile is not only about your teeth position, shape and colour. The position of your gum line has also a huge impact on the aesthetics of your smile. When gum re-sculpting or contouring is required to achive the desired look laser Gingivectomy or laser Gingivoplasty can be preformed.  The precision that lasers yield means that only the targeted tissue is removed, sparing healthy cells, eliminating the need for scalpel and sutures and speeding the healing process.

When to consider Laser Gum Contouring (Gingivectomy/Gingivoplasty)?

Gum contouring is performed for both medical and aesthetic reasons.

Gummy smile

The smile exposes excessive gum tissue and the teeth look like they are too short. In order to create the right proportion for your smile, we can perform CO2 laser Gingivoplasty During this procedure, excess gum is vaporized using the laser energy to expose more of the natural tooth.

Gum recession

High gum levels may expose your tooth necks and pose not only an aesthetic problem, but also lead to serious dental issue including decay, hypersensitivity and inflammations. We can treat gum recession by covering the exposed tooth surface with a tissue graft from another part of the mouth. When preforming the procedure the CO2 laser is used to do a very precise incision and coagulate the area, resulting in faster recovery time for the patient.

Uneven gum line

Your teeth can be white healthy and straight, but an uneven gum line around your teeth can make your smile asymmetrical and attract unwanted attention to the problem. In such case, we perform gum contouring, to achieve a perfectly harmonious smile.  The procedure is called Gingivectomy and is performed with the CO2 laser.

Can laser dentistry help my sensitive teeth?

If you suffer from sensitive teeth, you know how inconvenient the condition can be. Laser treatments reduce teeth sensitivity, restoring your ability to eat, speak, and smile with confidence and reducing the anxiety that comes with expecting tooth discomfort during normal daily routines.

To learn how laser dentistry can improve your dental health, book your visit with Dr. Yampolsky as soon as possible.