Tooth sensitivity is a common name for dentin hypersensitivity or root sensitivity. It may occur due to hot, cold, sweet or very acidic foods and drinks or, if very severe, even when sharply breathing in air. It is most common in age groups from 40 upwards, although it can occur in all adult age groups.
The condition occurs when roots of your teeth are exposed due to gum recession. With the use of the laser, each root surface is treated by closely illuminating the roots. The laser works by desensitising the nerves within your teeth and immediate relief is usually felt after the first appointment, although two to three appointments may be needed to significantly reduce the hypersensitivity.
Jaw Pain Therapy (TMJ Therapy)
Illuminating both your jaw joints (TMJs) and the surrounding muscles can significantly help reduce painful symptoms due to various TMJ disorders.
Some patients also enjoy this before a lengthy treatment as it helps relax the muscles acting on your jaws, reducing the strain from having to hold your mouth open for so long. This takes about 5 minutes on each side.
For some patients, TMJ disorders result in mild pain and slight impairment in jaw function, for others it can be severe. Often patients suffer from frequent headaches caused by inflammation of the muscles that are used to open and close the mouth.
Laser treatment uses light photons (energy) to penetrate deep into the tissues surrounding the joint as well as the joint itself.
Laser energy decreases inflammation deep in the tissues that produces almost immediate relief. It also stimulates healing.
Please be advised that you should see a specialist if you have a severe TMJ disorder. Laser treatment is good for reducing symptoms and providing pain relief but it will not address the cause of any severe problems.
Periodontal Laser Therapy
The use of lasers is considered effective and suitable for treating a variety of inflammatory and infectious conditions, such as periodontal and peri-implant diseases. The laser is used to deliver energy in the form of light, and is then applied to the soft tissues around the teeth in order to “burn” or vaporise the bacteria responsible for plaque. By removing this bacteria, we can focus on improving the overall gum health, reinforced by good home-care in order to help promote natural healing of the bone and gums around the teeth.
Treatment itself is comfortable, and in most cases does not require anaesthetic – most patients describe the sensation as a “slight warm feeling on the gums”, and experience minimal soreness.
For the best results, this is carried out in conjunction with a scale and polish, or in more complicated cases, periodontal treatment that our hygienist usually carries out.
For more details please give us a call or come in and see us so that we may book you for a consultation or examination.