Medford Laser Dentist - Paul F. Botsford, DMD, PC - Gum Disease Treatment & More


Laser dentistry refers to any dental procedures that involve the use of a laser.  During a dental laser treatment a laser device that transmits a highly concentrated beam of light is used to treat gum tissue.  It also works well for treating canker sores and bacterial infections around teeth and gums.

It has been shown that dental lasers are safe for both children and adults. In addition, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several types of dentistry lasers for use on adults and children. Many of the lasers for dentistry are similar or identical in design to other medical lasers that have been used successfully for years in the specialties of ophthalmology, neurosurgery, Ear/Nose/Throat (ENT), and dermatology.

Advantages of Laser Dentistry include:

  • Minimal or no anesthesia
  • Minimal bleeding
  • More controlled swelling
  • Reduced postoperative infection/discomfort
  • Less chance of infection
  • Reduced time in dentist's office
  • Less pain
  • No noise
  • No absorption of harmful chemicals
  • Preservation of tooth structure
  • A more sterilized environment (dental laser kills bacteria)
  • For the treatment of canker sore and herpes lesions, the laser can actually decrease the pain experienced by these sores.

Laser Dentistry Procedures and Effects:

Laser dentistry or laser periodontics allows for the treatment of gum disease at an earlier stage. In addition, it can be useful to pregnant women and people with debilitating medical conditions. While there is no guarantee of total "pain free laser dentistry" discomfort is greatly reduced. By receiving dental laser treatments, patients often have no need for Novocain or other anesthetics! Dental laser treatment, often referred to as laser periodontal treatment, works well for treating canker sores and bacterial infections around teeth and gums.

During a treatment it is common for the patient to wear protective glasses to protect his/her eyes from continued exposure to bright light. Keep in mind that a laser is not appropriate for all procedures. Today, many dental services can be performed with either the laser or traditional treatment, and are generally covered by most insurance plans. Dr. Botsford can determine whether or not laser dentistry is right for you.

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