Laser Dentistry Specialist

Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Dentists located in Denton, TX

Countless dental patients avoid getting the dental work they need because of the potential for pain, shots, and drilling. At Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Patrick Ruehle, DDS, wants to help you avoid the worst parts of dentistry by using Waterlase® laser dentistry technology. The practice is located in the south part of Denton, Texas, but also services patients from Corinth, Argyle, Robson Ranch, Bartonville, Lantana, Lake Dallas, Shady Shores, Highland Village, Justin, Ponder, Sanger and Krum, Texas. To explore the possibilities of laser dentistry, call Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today.

Laser Dentistry- Fewer Shots-Less Pain

What is laser dentistry?

Pain, shots, and uncomfortable sensations and vibrations scare many patients away from dental work. If you’re one of those people, you’ll be happy to hear that the new technology of laser dentistry allows you to avoid all of these things while improving your oral health and aesthetics. 

The team at Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry uses the Waterlase i-Plus laser to perform care for your teeth or gums with minimal medications and discomfort. 

The Waterlase laser numbs your tooth before and as it cuts.  The laser causes micro explosions of water molecules to cut with no heat to the tooth, which is the cause of pain. 

It also seals off any blood vessels so there is no need for stitches when working with the tissues in the mouth. Go back to play and back to work without having numb sensations or problems speaking.

What kinds of care can laser dentistry do?

The Waterlase laser is versatile enough to perform several different procedures. Among other procedures, the team at Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry uses the technology for:

Fillings

With traditional fillings, your dentist uses local anesthesia and drills in your tooth to clean out the decay and fill the space. 

With Waterlase, the laser numbs the area around your tooth and “drills” into the enamel. The laser thoroughly kills all bacteria in the cavity, leaving you with a restoration less likely to need additional treatment later on. 

Implants

With the Waterlase laser, Dr. Ruehle can contour the gumline before placing an implant so that it has that natural arched gumline your own natural teeth have. This allows for implants to look their best when replacing missing teeth.

Root Canals

Have you ever heard of patients having to get a retreat on a root canal? It’s not fun, and it’s pretty expensive! If a Waterlase laser is used initially on a root canal, this is seldom a problem in the future with this tooth.  

Front or anterior teeth have one canal, and molars have three canals. In reality, teeth have one to three main canals or roots, but there are thousands of microscopic canals feeding off of those main roots.  

With traditional endodontic procedures, the dentist is only capable of cleaning out these ones to three main canals or roots. 

When Dr. Ruehle uses the Waterlase laser for an endo procedure, the laser creates a tornadic like water stream inside the canals that gets all the bacteria out of the main canals as well as the thousands of microscopic canals inside the tooth, which normal root canal procedures miss.  

The result is a much cleaner and bacteria-free tooth from the inside out, giving the tooth a much longer life expectancy.  

Contoured gumlines

For aesthetic purposes, your dentist can use the Waterlase laser to reshape your gums. If your gums are long and visible in your smile, gum contouring can expose more of your teeth to make them look longer. 

It also allows the doctor to contour the gum tissue when having an implant or bridge so you keep those natural contour lines to give you a more beautiful and confident smile 

Tongue-tie treatment

During tongue-tie treatment with Waterlase, your dentist uses the laser to cut and cauterize the bit of tissue and muscle that attaches your tongue to the bottom of your mouth. This is a painless procedure, and you won’t need numbing shots or stitches for healing.  

This can be done on a newborn infant all the way up to a grandma.  It is easy, quick, and even a toddler will be back at play in 30 minutes. 

Adults have had this done and say kissing is much more fun as well. You are never too young or too old to fix this problem that previously was a very painful experience and was seldom done. 

Oral Surgery and Orthodontics

Many times, teeth do not come through where they should or will not come through at all.  Previously, this required an oral surgeon to make large cuts to find the tooth, uncover it, then stitches to close up the tissue.  

With the Waterlase laser, Dr. Ruehle can precisely uncover the tooth or melt or cut away the tissue covering it and get you immediately over to the orthodontist to start pulling that tooth where it should be. No bleeding and no stitches, just painlessly letting that tooth move where it needs to go.

They can also laser both the upper and lower jaws once you have had an orthodontist appointment, which greatly reduces the pain and discomfort you normally have with adjustments. 

Tooth sensitivity

Your dentist may use the Waterlase laser to help seal an exposed root or directly on the tooth itself which reduces temperature sensitivity or pain.

What are the benefits of laser dentistry?

Laser dentistry is a technological advancement in the field with the potential to change the landscape of dentistry. There are countless benefits of using Waterlase over traditional methods of dental work, including:

  • Precision
  • Safety
  • Time efficiency
  • Lower risk of cross-contamination
  • Lower risk of damage to your other teeth
  • No uncomfortable drilling or grinding sensations
  • Little or no need for anesthesia

Your dentist can help you weigh more benefits of laser dentistry that are specific to the procedures you need. If you want quick and gentle dental work, Waterlase laser dentistry can enhance and streamline your procedure.

To explore the many applications of laser dentistry, call Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today.