Laser dentistry offers the ideal alternative to drills and scalpels. To provide the best for our patients, we have invested in the Solea CO2 dental laser. Solea is the first CO2 dental laser cleared by the FDA for all-Tissue dental procedures, meaning treating cavities as well oral surgery that involves gums and or bone. The Solea CO2 laser uses light at a unique wavelength to successfully and precisely ablate or vaporize tooth, gingiva, or bone without contact. In addition, Solea uses a wavelength of light delivered in thousands of pulses per second that provides an analgesic effect that takes away almost all of the sensation. With the Solea CO2 laser 9 out of 10 patients usually don’t even require local anesthetic prior to treatment for fillings, leading to pain-free, needle-free, blood-free, and suture-free treatments. Overall, it is less invasive and safer to promote your child’s comfort and oral health. Learn More About Laser Dentistry.
Although not all procedures can be completed with the use of laser dentistry, there are many in which the laser proves more beneficial than previous methods of surgery. Sprout Dentistry for Kids is proud to provide Solea’s technology as an alternative to the traditional methods for hard and soft tissue dental procedures. More and more offices that specialize in pediatric dentistry in McKinney, are using soft tissue laser because of their precision and effectiveness. However, the Solea is the first CO2 laser to be FDA approved for all-Tissue dental procedures including teeth, gums, and bone. If you’re wondering what’s so special about laser dentistry, here are a few of its benefits:
Have you ever wondered what that little bit of soft tissue is connected to your lips and under your tongue? The frenulum is the tissues that are connected to each lip and under the tongue, and when a child is young, that tissue can be too short or too tight. This can inhibit their ability to eat, speak, chew, smile, and breathe. Thankfully, with the help of a soft tissue laser, our dentists can perform a frenuloplasty, also known as a frenectomy, and quickly loosen the frenulum without any bleeding, pain, or need for sutures. By using the laser, it significantly reduces treatment and recovery times.
Kids will be kids and sometimes leads to lumps and bumps. Whether a speedster that tripped and bumped his lip or a speedy chewer that accidentally bit their lip a little bit too hard, sometimes mucoceles, or mucous extravasation cysts, can form. On the inner surface of our lower lips we have many tiny little salivary glands. Sometimes during an accidental bump or bite of the lip these salivary glands can get injured and result in the released mucous forming a cyst under the surface of the lower lip, a mucocele. Usually these are painless, but annoying especially for kids who end up playing with the swelling and cause it to increase in size.
If your child is experiencing an outgrowth of tissue or “tissue tag” within their mouth, this is a common problem if there is repeated irritation to a particular area. Known as fibromas, these extra bits of tissue, which are often benign, can be easily removed with the soft tissue laser. Typically, in these situations, once the fibromas are removed, it can take a few days to a week for the area to fully heal. With the Solea laser this can be done atraumatically usually without need for injections for local anesthesia, no bleeding, and no sutures.
Are you noticing your teenager’s gums looking red and puffy? If so, it may be that they’re not brushing their gum line as well as they should. This can lead to gingivitis and more advanced stages of gum disease if left untreated. During your teen’s visit, we’ll inspect his or her gums to determine if it’s necessary for a bacterial reduction. This procedure is usually performed in conjunction with dental cleanings when necessary to improve gingival health.
Using the Solea soft tissue laser, the concentrated beam of light will quickly reduce bacteria from above and below the gum line, leaving the tissue unharmed, all while making your teen feel comfortable.