The Waterlase laser is one of the newest innovations in dentistry that can allow Dr. Robert Rioseco to perform a wide range of common procedures with increased comfort, precision, and convenience for our patients. What makes this laser truly unique is the combination of focused light energy with a powerful yet gentle stream of water. Designed by Biolase®, this state-of-the-art laser can improve your smile by reshaping the gums, eliminating discomfort during procedures that would typically require Novocain, and disinfect tooth cavities or root canals with a more holistic approach. For patients who put off scheduling dental procedures due to anxiety, the Waterlase® laser also allows Dr. Rioseco to complete treatments in less time – and without the need for a drill – making your visits to our office a more pleasant experience.
The Waterlase® laser can aid in a variety of dental procedures, including:
- Laser Bacterial Reduction: The Waterlase® laser is able to eradicate nearly 100% of harmful bacteria residing along the gumline or in pockets within gum tissue. This treatment is non-invasive and virtually pain-free.
- Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy: For deep cleanings or root planing, the Waterlase® laser can excise damaged or decayed soft tissue without the use of a blade. This non-surgical procedure can also sterilize the target sites, jump-start the healing process, and encourage the regeneration of bone around the teeth for the effective treatment of gum disease.
- Gum Lift or Gum Contouring: This cosmetic dentistry procedure can reshape the gum line for a more symmetrical, proportionate smile. Often used to treat what is commonly referred to as “gummy smile,” the Waterlase® laser can elongate the appearance of short teeth and sculpt the gum tissue for a more beautiful appearance.
- Gum Pigmentation Correction: Non-surgical gum depigmentation treatment with the Waterlase® laser can lighten darkened areas of the gums to improve aesthetics. These dark spots, called gingival hyperpigmentation, are a common concern that can be treated quickly and effectively with laser techniques. Compared to traditional surgical techniques the recovery after laser gum lightening is swift and virtually painless.
In addition, the Waterlase® laser can be used to treat a variety of conditions, such as oral growths, receding gums, or a “tongue tie” (restricted tongue movement). For most patients, all procedures performed with this innovative laser are virtually painless without the use of an anesthetic or numbing agent. To learn more about improving your oral health and your smile with the Waterlase® laser, please contact us today.