Laser technology has revolutionized the fields of dentistry, medicine, and aesthetic enhancement, offering a truly state-of-the-art way to address numerous concerns. Dr. Jarrod Cornehl and our team here at the DENTAL STUDIO SF embrace laser treatment platforms such as the LightWalker® system from Fotona, a leading developer of laser innovations for more than five decades. With LightWalker® laser therapies, we can utilize a minimally-invasive approach to help many patients successfully improve a variety of oral and dental health conditions, as well as reduce signs of aging and other concerns affecting facial aesthetics.
- Laser Therapy Benefits
- Laser Dentistry Options
- Gum Pigmentation Removal
- Laser Facial and Dental Aesthetic Therapy Options
What Are the Benefits of Laser Therapy?
The Fotona LightWalker® laser technology allows our dental team to treat a wide range of dental and aesthetic concerns in a faster, more comfortable, and more efficient way. Laser treatment with the LightWalker® system is designed to be incredibly precise for both hard-tissue and soft-tissue therapies, with little to no bleeding while the laser simultaneously disinfects the treatment area. The Fotona LightWalker® platform includes two laser wavelengths – Er:YAG and Nd:YAG – to enhance the efficiency of the treatment process and produce excellent results. Ultimately, laser therapy can help patients achieve their goals while reducing the risk of excessive bleeding and infection, minimizing potential harm to surrounding tissues during treatment, encouraging more rapid healing, and significantly diminishing recovery time.
During your initial consultation, our dentist in San Francisco will evaluate your needs and talk with you about your concerns to determine whether laser therapy is the most ideal treatment option.
Laser Dentistry Options
Laser treatment with the LightWalker® system can be utilized for an extensive array of common conditions. Some of the many procedures for which laser-assisted dentistry can be included are:
- Periodontal care (gum disease treatment) and soft-tissue sealing
- Cavity preparation and carious dentin removal
- Endodontics (root canal therapy)
- Dental implant procedures
- Crown lengthening
- Fibroma removal, hemangioma removal, leukoplakia removal, and other conditions that require oral surgery
- Teeth preparation (without the need for anesthesia)
- Cosmetic gum recontouring (gingivoplasty) to address a “gummy smile”
- Gum tattoo removal
- Gum pigmentation removal
- Debonding ceramic restorations such as porcelain veneers, dental crowns, or orthodontic brackets for precise removal
- Composite material removal
- Photobiomodulation (Low Level Laser Therapy)
- Canker sores (aphthous ulcers)
- Cold sores (herpetic lesions)
Additionally, the LightWalker® laser system’s NightLase® treatment (described below) can benefit many patients who suffer from snoring. This fast procedure is designed to enhance quality of sleep, and requires no downtime following treatment. Plus, the LightWalker® can be used as a photobiomodulation technique for a number of common conditions, including TMJ Disorder and persistent facial pain.
Gum Pigmentation Removal
Laser therapy can be an option for patients who would like to address gingival hyperpigmentation (dark gums) and provide the gums with a healthier-looking, pink shade. Gingival hyperpigmentation itself is typically not an oral health concern; however, many individuals feel that it has an effect on the appearance of their smile and would like to explore options that can enhance the look of their gums. Laser gum pigmentation removal (sometimes referred to as “gum lightening”), delivers targeted laser energy to the areas of hyperpigmentation on the surface layers of gum tissue to remove the darker tones and bring out the pink shade of tissue underneath.
Laser gum depigmentation is a relatively simple procedure that often produces excellent results after just one treatment. This procedure can be performed for entire sections of gum tissue or just a few small spots, and usually requires little to no recovery time.
A number of factors can lead to gum depigmentation; however, it is important to know that dark spots on the gums or in other areas of the mouth may be an indication of another oral health condition, so it is best to obtain a dental exam as soon as you see any changes in your mouth to make sure they are not signs of something more serious than aesthetic gum depigmentation. If you would like to improve signs of gum depigmentation, or if you are concerned about changes in the appearance of your gums, please contact our practice and our dentist can perform an examination. If laser gum pigmentation removal is a good option for your needs, we can develop a customized treatment plan designed to meet your expectations.
Many individuals suffer from snoring and sleep apnea, which can compromise the quality of one’s sleep and reduce the normal flow of air through breathing passages. This can create serious—even life-threatening—health risks. Fotona’s Nightlase® treatment is a non-invasive therapy designed to address snoring by increasing airflow and improving sleep quality for a healthier, more restful slumber. This FDA-approved treatment uses laser energy to tighten connective layers of tissue in the oral mucosa, offering many patients an alternative to noisy, cumbersome CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines. Ultimately, Nightlase® therapy is designed to provide a more open airway and reduce breathing obstructions caused by oral tissues that are blocking a healthy flow of air while sleeping.
The Nightlase® procedure is non-invasive and does not require shots or anesthesia. In fact, most patients experience little to no discomfort at all during treatment. Nightlase® is typically performed as a series of three treatments over a staged schedule of appointments for the best possible outcome, and results often last up to a year. Follow-up treatment sessions can help many patients maintain the results for extended periods.
Our dentist can evaluate your needs and determine whether Nightlase® is an ideal option to help you reduce snoring and achieve a healthier night’s sleep.
Laser Facial and Dental Aesthetic Therapies
Laser therapy offers many patients a minimally-invasive way to achieve a variety of cosmetic enhancement goals. Among several other options at our practice, some of the more popular laser therapies for aesthetic concerns include:
LipLase™ offers an all-natural way to provide the lips with a smoother and fuller appearance. The laser serves to help stimulate collagen remodeling, allowing for an enhanced lip contour and a more youthful appearance. No injectable filler solution is necessary, and no downtime is required after treatment.
SmoothLase® is an anti-aging treatment that harnesses the power of laser energy to diminish signs of wrinkles and fine lines with long-lasting results. This laser application can produce enhanced firmness and tone with very natural-looking outcomes. The procedure is often virtually painless and no downtime is required.
Laser therapy can help many individuals effectively rejuvenate the appearance of the neck without the need for invasive surgery. The laser can target areas of tissue exhibiting mild to moderate signs of sagginess and inelasticity, ultimately helping to tighten and tone those areas for smoother results and a more youthful neck contour.
The Fotona TouchWhite™ procedure is a laser-assisted tooth whitening treatment that offers a gentle, minimally-invasive way of giving the teeth a healthier, whiter, and more refreshed look. By using the TouchWhite™ method in our teeth whitening procedures, we can make the treatment faster and help patients achieve outstanding results.
If you have questions about our advanced laser therapies, please contact the DENTAL STUDIO SF today. A member of our team will be happy to provide you with additional information, or assist you with scheduling a consultation here at our practice.