200 West 57th Street, Suite 303, New York, NY 10019 (212) 651-9986    
200 West 57th Street, Suite 303
New York, NY 10019
(212) 651-9986

Midtown dentist

Laser Dentistry

What is Laser Dentistry?

LASER is the acronym for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The laser generates light energy in a narrow, focused beam and it creates a reaction as soon as it hits the tissue, which allows the laser to shape or remove the tissue.

Laser dentistry uses lasers to treat a wide variety of dental conditions. Laser dentistry can offer a more comfortable option for treatment for an assortment of soft and hard tissue dental procedures when compared to non-laser tools like drills. The laser light energy produces less inflammation, speeds healing, decreases pain and can influence production of collagen which affects gum tissue, skin, bone and teeth. Lasers eliminate the heat, vibration, and pressure caused by a traditional drill thus reducing hairline cracks and fractures caused by traditional drills. Lasers reduce the damage to the healthy portions of the tooth and minimizes trauma.

Dr. Chen believes in being at the forefront of dentistry and has invested in cutting edge technology, called the Fotona Lightwalker (r symbol), that provides a laser treatment solution for many of the teeth and gum treatments that have previously required a drill or scalpel.

What is the Fotona Lightwalker?

The Lightwalker is unique that it utilizes two different mediums to create two different lasers, Erbium and Neodymium. At some strengths, they can be used to cut hard and soft tissue, including teeth with cavities, infected bone, gums for periodontal disease, plus many more. These lasers can also be set into non-cutting modes to warm tissues, resulting in remodeling of collagen leading to neocollagenesis that can be used for pain reduction, speeding healing, facial cosmetics, rejuvenating aging tissues, snoring and sleep apnea problems. The Lightwalker is the ultimate of all tissue dental lasers and truly brings dentistry into the future. By being able to provide minimally invasive dental care with the Lightwalker system, we can maximize your comfort in the dental chair and reduce your recovery time.

Advantages of Laser Dentistry

  • Anesthesia is reduced to not needed
  • Decreased need for sutures
  • Minimal bleeding – lasers promotes blood clotting
  • Reduced risk of infections – lasers can sterilize!
  • Faster healing after surgery
  • Reduced risk of damage to surrounding tissues
  • Ideal for pregnant women who may be dealing with sensitive gums

Disadvantages of Laser Dentistry

  • Lasers are unable to be used on teeth that have certain fillings, like metal amalgam
  • Drills may still be necessary to complete the procedure
  • Some procedures aren’t able to be performed with laser treatement, depending on the pre-existing components involving the gums, teeth or surrounding tissue.

Dental lasers have been used in numerous procedures in dentistry. (see list below). Countless patients have been satisfied with the reduced need for shots, anesthesia and many are happy to avoid the unpleasant sounds, smell and sensations experienced by the drill. If you have any questions on our newest technology, please contact us.

Procedures that can be done with the Lightwalker Laser:

  • Composite fillings
  • Treatment of tooth sensitivity
  • Crown Lengthening
  • Cosmetic gum surgery
  • Tongue ties and Frenulum attachment treatment
  • Biopsies
  • TMJ treatment
  • Photobiomodulation
  • Treatment of obstructive sleep apnea - Nightlase
  • Cold sore treatment
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Bone and tissue regeneration – Laser assisted new attachment procedure
  • Neocollegensis or facial cosmetic procedures – Smoothlase, Liplase
  • Gum de-pigmentation

Office Hours

Monday: 7:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday:   9:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday: 7:00am - 6:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Saturday: By Appointment Only

 

Office Info

200 West 57th Street
Suite 303
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 651-9986