Laser Dentistry Park City, UT
Lasers are being used in our dental office in a number of amazing ways! We are excited to share with you below information on beneficial laser procedures that you may not be aware of, and that are not available in most dental offices. Laser technology is one of the many ways Dr. Peterson seeks to provide exceptional care to his patients at Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry. Listed below are just a few of the innovative services patients take advantage of every day in our office.
Fotona’s NightLase® therapy is a non-invasive, patient-friendly laser treatment for increasing the quality of a patient’s sleep. NightLase® reduces the effects of sleep apnea and decreases the intensity of snoring by means of a gentle, laser-induced tightening effect caused by the contraction of collagen in the oral tissues in the back of your mouth and throat.
Simple, Safe, & Effective
Fotona’s patented Er:YAG laser modality optimizes the length of laser pulses, allowing for the safe penetration of heat into the oral mucosa tissue. It is gentle enough to be used on the sensitive tissue inside the mouth, but strong enough to provide clinically notable results.
NightLase® has a high success rate in producing a positive change in sleep patterns. Research has shown that NightLase® reduces and attenuates snoring and provides an effective, non-invasive way to lessen the effects of sleep apnea.
A Patient Friendly Solution
A full course of NightLase® consists of three separate treatment sessions separated by 21-30 days. The final results of the treatment have been shown to last up to a year, and the therapy can be repeated.
Patients find NightLase® to be a highly comfortable and satisfying solution. NightLase® requires no device to be worn during sleep and involves no chemical treatment. It’s a gentle and easy way for you to regain a good night’s rest!
Dr. Paul Peterson uses the state of the art Fotona Lightwalker ATS Er:Yag laser to rejuvenate your lips. Using the same advanced laser technology used in Nightlase®, your lips will be plumped and toned… NATURALLY!!
Laser energy is applied on the inside (moist surface) of the lips and then on the outside (dry surface)
Treatments are brief and in office. There’s no bruising, no downtime, no needles*, and no foreign substances or toxins! Change is not radical, it occurs gradually over a 3-4 weeks process as collagen builds and the lips are plumped and enhanced. Number of treatments will vary from pt to patient.
What should you expect?
- About 24 hours of slight inflammation (actually looks like a nice enhancement)
- Surface peeling during day 2 and 3
- New collagen filling and rejuvenating the lips days 1-30
“I wish this technology could be used to help my wrinkles,…” Ask and you shall receive!! The same incredible technology used in Nightlase® and LipLase® is used as a natural, holistic alternative to injecting toxins or fillers, or surgical procedures.
We see reduction in depth of deep wrinkles, elimination of fine lines and dramatic improvement in both tissue elasticity and youthful glow. As in the other procedures the target tissue is collagen. When damaged collagen is rejuvenated there is not only wrinkle reduction but improvement in the overall appearance of the skin due to collagens ability to retain moisture.
We are able to target problem areas such as bags under the eyes, the nasiolabial fold, marionette lines, the jowl area and the cheeks.
We start with at least 3 treatments sessions and recommend additional treatments based on age. The tested protocols use one treatment for each decade of life. For example a 45 year old pt would receive 4 treatments while a 70 year old patient would receive 7 treatments.
Dental lasers are playing an increasingly important role in the treatment of gum disease providing fast, simple and highly effective treatments. Dr. Peterson’s dual-wavelength Er:YAG and Nd:YAG dental lasers made by Fotona are the perfect tools for performing the widest variety of laser-assisted periodontal procedures in a minimally invasive, cost-effective manner.
Introducing TwinLight® Periodontal Treatment
For treating periodontal disease, Dr. Paul Peterson uses Fotona’s TwinLight® Periodontal Treatment (TPT). This is a comprehensive and minimally invasive periodontal therapy incorporating the power of dentistry’s two most effective laser wavelengths: Er:YAG and Nd:YAG. The TwinLight® approach enables wavelength-optimized treatments for periodontitis (such as WPT™), which create the optimal conditions for healing of the diseased gums and bone. What’s more, TPT prevents infection and promotes reduction in pocket depths without surgery!
The TwinLight® procedure is performed in three simple steps:
- Step 1: The Nd:YAG laser removes the diseased tissue lining the periodontal pocket and improves access to the root surface.
- Step 2: The Er:YAG laser is used to thoroughly remove microbial biofilm and calculus from the root surface.
- Step 3: The Nd:YAG laser energy is used to coagulate and promote the formation of a stable fibrin clot, ensuring an environment for optimal healing.
Optimal Wavelength Combination
Utilizing both Er:YAG and Nd:YAG laser wavelengths in a single treatment makes optimum use of the unique laser-tissue interaction characteristics of each of these sophisticated lasers. For example, Nd:YAG laser energy is superior for coagulation and deep disinfection, while Er:YAG is uniquely efficient at gently removing the infected surface tissue and calculus from the root surface. Combined, they can dramatically improve the outcome of laser-assisted treatments, guaranteeing maximum safety and efficacy.
The TwinLight® Periodontal Treatment gives Dr. Paul Peterson and his team the ability to treat your moderate-to-severe periodontal disease in the most effective way possible, without scalpels and sutures. This is not your average deep cleaning! It is definitely not your average laser assisted deep cleaning!
NO SHOT DENTISTRY, Conservative Cavity Removal and Less Trauma to your Tooth
Two of the most common complaints I’ve heard from patients over the years are “I can’t stand the drilling,” and “I hate the shots.” Not only can the LightWalker’s drilling speeds match, or even exceed, conventional burs, but unpleasant vibrations and noise are eliminated, providing a better patient experience. In addition, 90+% of the fillings we do utilizing this laser we remove cavity and prepare the tooth for a filling WITHOUT any shot. Patients report little to no sensitivity and you can imagine how happy they are to not have a needle poke inside their mouths or the “numb” feeling for hours after they leave.
Our laser has patented QSP (Quantum Square Pulse) technology, which allows the laser to work faster, more efficiently and with greater precision, enabling maximum tooth preservation. The tooth to laser interaction eliminates micro fractures that can occurs with conventional burs and doesn’t heat the tooth in the same way the friction of burs does. In other words, we get done quickly, often with more healthy tooth left behind, and you have less risk of post appointment pain or damage caused by heat or micro fractures.
As if all this wasn’t reason enough already to request your fillings be done with the most advanced laser technology, the attachment of the filling to your tooth afterward has also been proven to be significantly stronger. This higher bonding strength becomes most important when we are bonding to the tip of a tooth or repairing damage that has occurred near the gumline. These areas have historically been the most notorious for bond failures. So your fillings will even last longer!