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Laser dentistry utilizes precise laser energy to perform a wide range of dental procedures with more efficiency and less pain. It’s been approved by the FDA for more than 20 years, and in that time, dental lasers have become more advanced than ever before. Laser dentistry is safe and effective for kids, teens and adults!
The Incredible Benefits of Kids Laser Dentistry
The BIOLASE laser often eliminates the need for needles, drills, and sutures. Instead, it offers a safe and gentle alternative to traditional dental tools by combining water, air, and laser energy. We love using this laser dentistry tool to help your child have a positive, rewarding dental experience. Parents ask us all the time if we can use it on them!
When your child visits DPD Smiles, your Glen Ellyn laser dentist, expect to enjoy these perks:
Accuracy & Precision
Our laser allows us to gently remove plaque and decay with precision. The laser doesn't disturb the surrounding healthy areas, which allows us to keep as much of your healthy tooth in place as possible.
No Shots, No Drills, No Anesthesia Dentistry
WaterLase dentists can remove tooth decay in children typically without the use of scary shots and loud drills. For the majority of patients, no anesthesia is necessary either. Fewer shots mean less anxiety and stress for both you and your child.
With high-speed drills, hairline cracks and fractures can occur that can lead to dental issues later on. WaterLase works gently on the teeth and keeps all healthy structures intact.
Less Bleeding & Swelling
The WaterLase stops bleeding before it starts, making procedures less painful and traumatic. Less trauma means less swelling that will take place.
Fewer Visits & Faster Recovery
When a child has numerous cavities, breaking up the appointment sometimes was best. Since the laser is virtually painless and quick, we can often knock out all cavities in one visit. Since there is less bleeding and minimal trauma to healthy tissue, procedures such as frenectomies, baby tooth root canals and more often heal much faster when performed with a laser.
Services We Offer with Laser Dentistry
We are proud to offer laser kids laser dentistry at DPD Smiles, so we try to utilize the benefits of laser technology in as many services as possible.
Normally, filling a cavity with a tooth-colored filling requires a needle to insert a numbing agent into the area and a drill to remove the decayed portion of the tooth. But that’s not a very comfortable process for young children!
That’s why our team fills cavities using laser dentistry instead. This gentle way to remove cavities uses laser energy and the spray of water to remove decay without the heat, vibration, noise, or pressure caused by dental drills. Shots to numb the area are typically not needed either. It’s kids cavity repair with no shots, no drills, and no pain!
If your teenager wants whiter teeth, a take-home whitening kit from the drug store isn’t the best option. They’re known to burn the gums, trigger sensitivity of tooth enamel, and deliver inconsistent, short-lived results. Here at DPD Smiles, we offer Epic laser teeth whitening to help the teeth appear 6-12 shades lighter with less than 20 minutes of gel-to-tooth contact time.
Cold Sore Therapy
Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are small groups of blisters that develop on the lip or around the mouth. Since they’re triggered by a virus, cold sores can spread through touch, shared utensils, and kissing. If you suffer from cold sores, you know how frustrating and embarrassing these outbreaks can be. Laser therapy offers a fast, efficient way to help prevent and treat cold sores with rapid healing time.
Laser energy destroys the virus causing cold sores to provide immediate relief. You can receive painless cold sore laser therapy as soon as that trademark “tingling” begins to signal an oncoming cold sore. Laser cold sore treatment will drastically reduce the duration of the outbreak if you call as soon as you feel this tingling. Treatment only takes a few minutes and doesn’t require any anesthesia! For Glen Ellyn cold sore treatment, contact us right away.
TMJ Pain Relief
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your child’s jaw to their temporal bone. Healthy TMJs allow the jaw to move up, down, and side to side as your child yawns, chews, talks, and smiles. However, the TMJ is known to experience injury or dysfunction that results in serious pain.
If your child is experiencing TMJ pain, call DPD Smiles for TMJ laser therapy. Research shows that laser therapy can significantly reduce TMJ pain and improve joint function. It's a safe, painless procedure that produces a warming sensation over the affected TMJ tissues. By reducing inflammation and increasing blood flow, laser therapy offers a non-invasive TMJ pain treatment with no negative side effects.
Tongue-Tie & Lip-Tie Release, Frenectomy
A frenectomy is a simple procedure that removes or reduces connective tissue (frenum) from under the tongue or upper gums. It sounds painful, but thanks to cutting-edge dental technology, a frenectomy has never been easier.
The DPD Smiles team is proud to offer laser frenectomy using the gentle and efficient Waterlase laser system.
If your child is born with lip-tie or tongue-tie, come to our office for a bladeless, sutureless, painless treatment solution. Using the Waterlase laser that combines light energy with water, Dr. Joshi can expertly eliminate the tissue causing a lip-tie or tongue-tie. We promise a gentle, stress-free experience that makes it possible for your child to eat, talk, and drink without any difficulty.
Gingival exposure is simply a fancy way to describe the process of removing extra gum tissue. If your child has a “gummy smile” or needs to prepare for orthodontic treatment, we use gentle laser therapy to trim away the gum tissue. This is a painless process that doesn’t cause bleeding, swelling, or trauma to the mouth.
Call our Glen Ellyn office today to learn more about kids’ laser dentistry or schedule an appointment. Our team is committed to using the best, cutting-edge technology to improve the oral health of every DPD Rockstar!