New Technology at Dr. Carol Ford’s Cosmetic Dentistry

Ultradent GeminiOne of the exciting parts of being involved with a cosmetic dentistry practice is that new technology often brings with it significant improvements in the way patients experience common procedures.

At Dr. Carol Ford’s cosmetic dentistry office in central Phoenix, the arrival of a Gemini laser system is providing the opportunity for Dr. Ford and her staff to deliver improved clinical and cosmetic results to her patients.

The Gemini laser is a soft-tissue laser; here is a brief list of its advantages and the ways in which it can be used.

How the Gemini laser is used in cosmetic dentistry

  • Crown lengtheningThis procedure removes some of the gum tissue or bone in a patient’s mouth to expose more of a tooth in order to place a crown or other restoration. Lasers are able to facilitate the removal of gum tissue without sutures or discomfort, and with amazingly quick healing.
  • Fixing “gummy” smiles Not everyone has an even gum line, and some people have smiles in which their gums are quite visible. Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue to expose healthy tooth structure and improve the appearance of a gummy smile.
  • Treating cold sores – Laser treatment of cold or canker sores can reduce the pain associated with them and speed healing time.
  • Bacterial reduction – When treating periodontal (gum) disease, lasers are precise and can remove diseased tissue while also sealing blood vessels and nerve endings to reduce discomfort. Laser-assisted bacterial reduction treatments keep your mouth in good shape and prevent the reoccurrence of gum disease.

Advantages to laser dentistry

  • Reduced recovery time
  • Sterilization/bacterial reduction
  • Reduced discomfort/less need for pain medications
  • Less post-procedure bleeding

“Lasers are opening up new frontiers in cosmetic dentistry, and we’re excited to be able to offer this treatment modality in our office,” Dr. Ford says.

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