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Laser Dentistry


Hand holding a dental laser like those used at Stansell Dentistry Associates in Raleigh, NC Laser dentistry is a commercially used dental practice that helps to treat several different dental conditions. It has been used since 1989 to help offer more comfortable treatment options for dental procedures that involve soft and hard tissue. A laser is an acronym that stands for light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation. In short, this means that a device creates a light energy beam that is both narrow and focused, producing a reaction that allows it to shape or remove tissue. We here at Stansell Dentistry Associates use the most advanced laser treatments to help with a variety of procedures that make it less stressful for you and often offers a quicker healing time than invasive surgery.

How Are Laser Treatments Performed?


Laser treatments in dentistry are used for hard-tissue procedures, which refers to your teeth. They are also used for soft tissue procedures, referring to your gums. Lasers can be used for well over a dozen procedures that make dental drilling obsolete in some cases.

Soft Tissue Treatment


Our dentists can perform a variety of soft tissue procedures with lasers. Sufferers of “gummy smile”, when the gum covers most of the surrounding tooth, can have lasers reshape and remove gum tissue to give a more radiant, teeth-filled smile. Another common soft tissue procedure, like “gummy smile”, is crown lengthening. This allows us to reshape your gum tissue and bone to help restore teeth and provide a healthier tooth structure. Lasers are also able to remove soft tissue fold from ill-fitted dentures and treat tongue frenulum attachment.

Hard Tissue Treatment


Laser treatments for several hard tissue procedures include early cavity detection, which helps find evidence of tooth decay. This allows for a much smaller removal of your tooth and requires only a small amount of filling to be placed, allowing you to keep much of your actual tooth structure intact. They can also safely kill bacteria in a cavity, allowing you to completely avoid traditional drilling and anesthesia. Lasers can also place seal tubules on the root of your tooth, which helps to treat sufferers of tooth sensitivity.

Lasers Used in Other Dental Procedures


Laser treatments are used even further than just with your soft and hard tissue. They can be used to remove benign tumors, help with nerve regeneration, view tissue, whiten teeth, treat cold sores, reshape the throat to treat obstructive sleep apnea, and reduce pain and inflammation associated with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Lasers are continuously being used in the dental field to prevent invasive treatments, while still being as effective, if not more, than traditional methods.

What Are the Advantages of Laser Treatments?


There are several advantages associated with laser treatments versus traditional methods that have been used for decades. Wounds often heal faster from laser treatments, while also allowing the possibility for tissue to regenerate over time. They also cause less damage to the surrounding tissue, preventing issues in other areas in the future. Since they are less damaging to your tissue, there is also a significant decrease in the need for sutures after a treatment. You may also experience less bleeding since they promote a natural blood-clotting effect. Lastly, bacterial infections are less common than in traditional procedures since the laser sterilizes the area being worked on.

Laser treatments are becoming a gold-standard of care as the world becomes more technologically advanced. There are few downsides associated with laser treatments, which makes them preferable to most patients. If you are looking to have a laser treatment performed to improve your oral health, contact us, Stansell Dentistry Associates at 984-477-0177 to schedule an appointment.

Locations & Hours


Brier Creek




10207 Cerny Street, Ste 106
Raleigh, NC 27617

Phone: 984-477-0177
Fax: 919-249-1375

Office Hours
Mon: 8:30am - 6:30pm
Tues: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wed: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thur: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Fri: 8:00am - 2:00pm

North Raleigh




1911 Falls Valley Drive, Ste 107
Raleigh, NC 27615

Phone: 984-206-4242
Fax: 919-249-2145

Office Hours
Mon: 8:30am - 6:30pm
Tues: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wed: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thur: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Fri: 8:00am - 2:00pm

Knightdale




1101 Great Falls Ct, Ste 102
Knightdale, NC 27545

Phone: 984-733-0330
Fax: 919-415-1849

Office Hours
Mon: 8:30am - 6:30pm
Tues: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Wed: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Thur: 7:30am - 4:30pm
Fri: 8:00am - 2:00pm

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