Laser Dentistry

LVI-Trained Dentist Serving Oakton, Vienna, McLean and Nearby Northern Virginia

Dr. Michael Chung shows a patient a dental mold during a consultation

Use of lasers has transformed not only dentistry, but the entire medical world. Lasers have many enormous benefits, and there are a great many types of laser, each devised for a specific purpose.

At Softouch Dental Care in Oakton, we use lasers in cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry procedures We have both a soft tissue laser and a hard tissue laser. Our dentist uses them to:

  • Reshape teeth
  • Reshape gums
  • Remove tooth decay and bacteria
  • Prevent infection in root canals
  • Whiten teeth
  • Remove lesions

Advantages of a Dental Laser

All laser dentistry is fast, precise, quiet, and virtually painless. You will have little or no bleeding because the laser seals tissue as it works on it. Because there is so little trauma to the body, you will have a fast recovery period. No infection will develop afterwards because the laser kills micro-organisms in the treatment area as it works. Because laser dentistry is so precise, only the exact treatment area will be affected, and nothing beyond it.

If, for instance, you have laser gum recontouring, the soft-tissue laser will vaporize tiny pieces of gum tissue according to a pre-determined plan. This will bring more of each tooth into view, so that your smile will look more full and youthful. The teeth were not too short after all; just covered by gums.

You can walk out of our office after that treatment and resume normal activities immediately. In past years, such cosmetic work was done with a scalpel and would have required pain medication and downtime from work and daily routines.

In addition, another benefit of laser dentistry is that it cauterizes while it treats. No infection will develop after treatment as the laser kills micro-organisms in the treatment area while it works. This can be especially beneficial during root canal procedures to eliminate bacteria as we remove infected tooth pulp. 

What Is a Laser?

A laser is a man-made device which delivers energy in the form of light. The light is not scattered, like ordinary incandescent light or car headlights. It travels in parallel beams and can be focused with extraordinary precision. Each laser vibrates at a specific wavelength, which corresponds to a color. Some are easily visible, such as the red laser in a classroom pointer. Some are invisible, vibrating at levels beyond our range of vision, and are classified as infrared or ultraviolet lasers.

All lasers generate heat, although some are referred to as “cool”, being relatively cool. There are various ways of cooling a laser beam to prevent it burning tissue. When a laser is used for surgical or dental work, it acts as a cutting instrument far more precise than any blade. It vaporizes the tissue it touches. The lasers used on human tissue are of course subtle and gentle.

Our Use of Lasers in Dentistry

When Dr. Chung uses the laser for your procedure, he is in complete control. He can set it according to the particular treatment he is doing, and, since dental lasers have a very narrow beam, he can direct it to tiny crevices which might otherwise be hard to reach.

You might still need some local anesthetic, depending on what is being done, but not necessarily. A laser can be set to penetrate tissue at a given microscopic depth, and this can keep it away from any nerves or blood vessels.

In removing tooth decay, the laser will leave more healthy tooth tissue in place than traditional drilling. If you would normally feel your discomfort rising at the sound of a dental drill, the laser will leave you calm and relaxed.

If you have some small mismatching between upper and lower teeth which doesn’t require use of dental crowns or even dental bonding to correct, a hard tissue laser can quickly remove tiny fragments of tooth to make your bite more smooth and comfortable.

Focused on Your Safety and Comfort

In these days of advanced dental technology, there is little objective reason to fear visiting your dentist. But if you are a person who particularly dreads seeing the dentist, please be assured that we understand your anxiety, and we offer sedation dentistry to help you feel more relaxed and comfortable.

Please call 703-319-6990 or email Softouch Dental Care to arrange your initial consultation. Our friendly dental team will answer all of your questions. We feel confident that you will enjoy our comfortable and friendly facilities, and we hope to work with you soon. Our laser dentist serves Oakton, Vienna, McLean, Great Falls, Tysons Corner, Reston, Herndon, Fairfax, Falls Church, Chantilly, Centreville, Arlington, and Washington D.C. areas of Northern Virginia.