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Woodbridge, VA Laser Dentist - Woodbridge Dentistry


Biolase Waterlase Laser Dentistry

Dr. Steven Strickland uses our Biolase Waterlase which uses hydrokinetic technology to perform a variety of dental procedures to include cavity preparation, tooth etching, and a wide range of soft tissue (gum) procedures. 

What are the benefits of the Waterlase?

  • - Improved patient comfort
  • - Eases pain and anxiety of patients who fear the traditional "drills"
  • - The Waterlase uses a cool-water spray to cut teeth without generating heat, thereby reducing discomfort and possible damage to the soft tissue or pulp underneath.

How does it work?

  • - It uses laser-energized water to cut teeth
  • - A laser beam is emitted that energizes a highly precise spray of air and water
  • - Laser-energized water particles rapidly remove enamel dentin and decay
  • - Use of the laser minimizes bleeding, reduces the need for sutures and causes less postoperative pain.

Listed below are some of the laser procedures that are performed in our office:

 

Crown Lengthening

This procedure involves the removal of gum tissue (gingiva), bone or both to expose more of a tooth's structure.  Crown lengthening is done when a tooth needs to be restored, but not enough tooth is present to support a filling or a crown.  This can occur when a tooth breaks off at the gum line, or a crown or filling falls out of a tooth that has extensive decay underneath. 

Frenectomy

A frenum is a fold of tissue or muscle connecting the lips, cheek or tongue to the jawbone.  A frenectomy is the removal of one of these folds of tissue. 

Sometimes a frenum can be attached too high on the gums causing either recession or spaces between teeth.  The procedure to remove this is called a labial frenectomy and involves the removal of tissue attachment between the two front teeth as the gap between the teeth can again be pushed apart by the frenum, even after it has been initially corrected by a different procedure.

A lingual frenectomy removes the fold of tissue under the tongue.  Some people have a large frenum that limits tongue movement and can interfere with speech. 

Gingivectomy

Gingivectomy is a form of gum surgery.  It is best described as the surgical removal of a small amount of gum tissue around a tooth or teeth.  Sometimes in certain people the gums can grow and build up over the front surface of a tooth.  This formation of extra gum can change the balance between the length of the teeth and the height of the gum line, leading in some cases to a person having a "gummy smile".  A gingivectomy may also need to be done to remove a diseased tooth or allow a filling to be placed.