Dr. Song’s Lynnwood dentistry clinic is proud to offer laser-based dental surgery powered by WaterLase. Thanks to Waterlase, we are able to take a lot of the time, patience, and inconvenience out of many of your treatments.
The WaterLase replaces the conventional dental drill, making use of gentle laser energy to remove decays in tooth structures and make incisions of gum tissues. The laser excites the water trapped within your teeth or gums, allowing it to make precise cuts through them while a spray of water simultaneously keeps your mouth cool and hydrated. Surgery conducted with this technology is virtually painless, and can generally be completed without the need of anesthetic. No more drills, and no more needles!
Safe and Efficient
A dental laser works with far greater precision than a conventional drill, which needs to remove more healthy tooth structure than is necessary. Further, a laser lacks the abrasive, grinding action of a drill, which brings with it the risk of cracking your remaining tooth.
The laser also protects against infection and cross-contamination. Not only does the laser work without coming into contact with the patient’s mouth, but it naturally sanitizes your mouth as it works.
Since WaterLase procedures generally do not require anesthetic, and since the laser sanitizes the area while it works, laser surgery can often be completed in far less time than conventional dental surgeries. While you may have been required to make a second appointment in the past, your dentist may be able to complete several surgical procedures as part of your regular visit.
Laser Periodontal Procedures
The WaterLase surgical laser is used for all of the following dental procedures:
The removal of unhealthy soft tissues within the periodontal pocket
The removal of unhealthy tissue from bony defects
Drainage of abscesses
Excisional and incisional biopsies
Exposure of teeth that are not erupting
Gingivectomy and gingivoplasty
Osteoplasty and ostectomy
Treatment of canker sores and herpetic and aphthous ulcers of the oral Mucosa
*Actual video footage of Dr. Thomas Song’s procedures.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do Lasers Offer Any Benefits in Periodontal Therapy?
According to the AAP, limited research has demonstrated that dental lasers have the potential to improve the effectiveness of scaling and root planing. Further, there is generally less bleeding, swelling, and pain to the patient following a dental laser treatment, when compared with an equal treatment performed with conventional means.
Will My Insurance Cover Periodontal Laser Therapy?
Insurance carriers cover procedures, and not the devices used to perform the procedures. Therefore, you should be getting the same coverage for your surgery, regardless of whether or not it is conducted with a laser. Consult your own insurance carrier to determine what procedures are covered by your own plan.
Is Laser Dentistry Safe for Children?
Yes. The WaterLase has been cleared for use in numerous pediatric dental applications.