Utilizing the Latest in Dental Technology in St. Louis
The field of dentistry continues to evolve with the introduction of new procedures and technologies. Current research has shown that dental lasers are becoming some of the more effective and versatile tools in dentistry. Gary B. Wiele, DDS uses laser dentistry to improve oral health for his patients in St. Louis and the surrounding communities.
Hard Tissue Lasers
The traditional way to remove cavities is to use a drill and cut away the decayed tooth material, enabling the sterilization and restoration of the tooth. However, the device often triggers anxiety for patients because of its reputation as an uncomfortable, noisy device—which, to be fair, is not always the case.
As an alternative, our dentist uses a hard tissue laser to treat tooth decay. The laser cuts through enamel and dentin to remove dental caries without the noise or discomfort associated with traditional drills. Additionally, with use of a hard tissue laser, Dr. Wiele can specifically target areas of damage and provide treatment without negatively affecting the condition of surrounding enamel.
Soft Tissue Lasers
When gum disease occurs, the irritation and inflammation of the surrounding soft tissue causes the gums to recede. This recession allows tartar, or calcified bacteria, to travel toward the root of the tooth, leading to advanced periodontal disease. This chain of events leads to the further gum recession for neighboring teeth, increasing the likelihood of tooth decay and loss, as well as contributing to complications with other health concerns such as heart disease and diabetes.
Supplemental to scaling and root planing, Dr. Wiele uses soft tissue lasers to reverse the effects of gum disease. The laser eliminates oral bacteria as it creates a pathway for the deep cleaning instruments to reach below the gum line. Once the tartar and plaque has been cleared and the root surface has been smoothed, the laser is used to complete the sterilization process. Especially when compared to the results of traditional periodontal therapy alone, treatment with soft tissue lasers encourages diminished gum tissue to regenerate effectively.
Low Level Laser Therapy for TMJ
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is where the lower jaw bone connects to the rest of the facial skeleton. Due to a number of contributing factors, disorders can occur at this important junction, leading to limited motion and discomfort. Low level laser therapy, or LLLT, has shown to be effective in producing relief for patients with TMJ disorders. In this therapeutic approach, Dr. Wiele uses a laser to treat the area near the joint, reducing inflammation and muscular strain. After this procedure, patients are able to enjoy eating and speaking comfortably again.
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By offering state-of-the-art therapy with dental lasers, Dr. Gary Wiele provides efficient treatment with increased accuracy for patients in Clayton and neighborhoods throughout St Louis. For more information, contact our practice today!