WaterLase Laser Dentistry
Your next trip to the dentist might make you feel a bit apprehensive. Maybe you don’t like the sound of the dental drill, or maybe your child dislikes the minor pain of anesthetic.
When you visit Crest Hill Family Dental, you can experience a revolutionary treatment to offset your worries: laser dentistry.
Experience Our Laser Dental Technology
For a variety of oral procedures, you may have the option of using our WaterLase Laser system. We have served residents in Crest Hill, IL and the surrounding area for over three decades, and in that time, we have taken into account the comfort of our patients. Our laser dentistry utilizes both high-energy light and water to remove decay, treat periodontal disease or sculpt tissue to be more cleans-able or have more pleasing appearance.
Laser technology is both precise and versatile. This precision allows more dental work to be accomplished in a single dental visit. Once you experience WaterLase, you’ll never feel that pre-dental visit apprehension again.
Why Laser Dentistry?
Kid Preferred, Mom Approved!
The WaterLase Dental Laser uses a combination of laser energy and water energy to perform dental procedures that otherwise are performed with a dental drill or scalpel. This gentler method of treatment can help eliminate anxieties associated with dental visits and help foster a healthier life-long mindset about oral care.
WaterLase Laser Dentistry is a gentler and more precise instrument for your child’s dental needs. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognize the use of lasers in dental procedures for children, adolescents, and people with special health care needs.
WaterLase Laser energy quickly removes cavities with pinpoint accuracy—without the heat, vibration, and shrill sound of the drill. Even better, for the majority of patients, no anesthesia is necessary. Fewer shots mean less fear, less stress, and less anxiety for both you and your child. Little to no numbness after the procedure leads to less accidental cheek biting and fewer adverse side effects associated with anesthesia.
Less Trauma and Faster Healing
Patients treated with laser energy recover more quickly. Because the WaterLase Dental Laser performs incisions so precisely, it reduces bleeding. Soft tissue procedures, such as frenectomies, are made far less painful and traumatic. Wound healing can occur more rapidly with less discomfort for your child and a reduced need for post-operative antibiotics.
WaterLase Laser Dentistry – Treatment for Gum Disease
It’s not just gum disease. It’s your health!
If you have been told that you have gum disease, you are not alone. Nearly 70% of adults have some form of gum disease (also called periodontal disease). The most important thing to know about gum disease is that you shouldn’t ignore it.
Left untreated, gum disease will result in receding gums, bone loss, and ultimately will cost you your teeth. Studies show that periodontal disease is associated with heart disease and diabetes. It’s important for your overall health and well-being that you get the treatment which is necessary.
Patient Preferred REPaiR Treatment – Minimally Invasive
REPaiR is a clinically proven laser protocol used to treat gum disease, either in a small area or throughout the entire mouth. REPaiR offers significant advantages:
- Helps preserve tissue and bone
- Reduces pain and discomfort compared to conventional treatment
- Reduces the need for pain medication
- Promotes more rapid healing
- Reduces post-operative discomfort
Better Patient Experience, Faster Healing
Today’s laser technology is a major advancement in treatment. Patients treated with laser energy simply recover more quickly. The WaterLase iPlus performs incisions precisely and disinfects the operative site as it works to help you heal faster.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it important to treat gum disease?
Research shows that periodontal disease is associated with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and respiratory disease. It is also thought to be related to chronic inflammatory conditions. By treating periodontal disease early, it may not only help preserve your oral health, it may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.
How do I know that laser treatment is effective?
Developed by a team of laser specialists and leading periodontists, the REPaiR Periodontal Protocol is clinically proven to regenerate healthy tissue and bone, Each case is unique, so ask your dentist (Dr. Raia) if you are a candidate.
How long does the laser procedure take and what should I expect?
The length of your REPaiR procedure is dependent upon several factors including the size of the area to be treated and the severity of your gum disease. Dr. Raia will outline your treatment plan together and go through the details of the treatment so that you know what to expect.
If I lose a tooth (or teeth) from gum disease, can't I just replace it with an implant?
If you lose a tooth or teeth to gum disease, it isn't always as easy as placing an implant. With severe gum disease, there is also loss of bone. An implant can be placed only if there is sufficient bone structure to support it. By treating your gum disease now, you maximize your options for long-lasting oral health because the REPaiR protocol promotes regeneration of healthy tissue and bone.
Pain Relief with WaterLase Dental Treatment
Canker sores and herpetic lesions are a painful nuisance. They can make taking or eating difficult and always seem to take forever to go away. Fortunately, your WaterLase dentist can safely and efficiently treat these sores on your lips, tongue, inner cheek, and gums—often reliving pain immediately.
Once your canker sore or herpetic lesion has been diagnosed, WaterLase treatment is simple.
- Water laser energy is applied to the sore for just a few seconds.
- Most people experience immediate pain relief after treatment.
- Sores typically heal faster when treated with the laser.
- You may be able to avoid prescription medication for your sore, avoiding its side effects and potential drug interactions.
Have questions about canker sores, herpetic lesions, or other types of oral lesions?
Ask Dr. Raia or one of our staff. We’ll be happy to explain about the condition and laser treatment that is right for you.
Whether you need a cavity filled or a cure for gum disease, WaterLase Laser Dentistry is the solution you’ve been looking for. Call for more information about this groundbreaking new treatment in Crest Hill, IL at (815) 439-1111!