Cairns Laser Dentistry
Future Dental is excited to introduce the latest in advanced dental procedures
Future Dental is the only practice in Far North Queensland being able to do fillings with laser, the drill and Air Abrasion. Aside from the obvious advantage of minimising the use of needles, the Waterlase laser also provides pinpoint accuracy, reducing the chances of damaging healthy tissue.
Laser dentistry with Waterlase and Ilase
Waterlase dentistry uses a patented technology combining laser energy and a spray of water, a process called HydroPhotonics, to perform a wide range of procedures in teeth, gum and bone more comfortably. Heat and vibration are the cause of most of the discomfort associated with the drill. Since the cutting action of the Waterlase does not transmit heat or vibration, many dental procedures can now be performed without anaesthesia.
The Waterlase ErCrYSGG brand of laser is the only dental laser which alone is capable of working on all dental tissues, i.e. hard tooth structure (enamel and dentine) and soft tissues and bone. It is able to replace the use of the drill in many instances, and some fillings can be performed with little or no anaesthesia. This means fewer shots and fewer numb lips, reducing patient anxiety and providing a more relaxing dental experience.
Perhaps its most frequent use is to gently perform soft tissue (gums) procedures with little or no bleeding, so we can now provide many services that previously required referral to a specialist. The laser also prepares your teeth in a way that maximises bond strength and provides you with longer lasting fillings.
We regularly use laser to perform cosmetic gum lifts (gingivoplasty) with several thousand cases completed to date. This is used in either gummy smiles where excess pink gum is visible above the teeth on smiling and where the gum line across the front and side teeth is uneven or asymmetrical.
It is also used where cavities or cracks extend below the gum line to give access to these problems for reliable lasting repair. Where deeply below the gum line, these problems previously meant the need to remove these teeth.
Laser is also frequently used for minor soft tissue surgical procedures like frenectomies and benign soft tissue tumours excision.
Frenectomy is the procedure for removing little tissue extensions under the lips and tongue. These tissue excesses can cause a tongue tie (ankyloglossia) which can affect speech development in young children and even in newborn babies who cannot attach to the breast to start feeding in the first few days of life.
These tissue excesses can cause a tongue tie (ankyloglossia) which can affect speech development in young children and even in newborn babies who cannot attach to the breast to start feeding in the first few days of life.
There is only a very short time window between birth and two weeks of age when it can be done. After this, the only way to have it done is with a general anaesthetic or paediatrician or GP using surgical scissors. An anaesthetist will not perform a general anaesthetic on an infant under 12 months of age without very good reason. From 1 year to about 7 years, a general anaesthetic will be required. After that, it can be done routinely under local anaesthetic in our surgery.
Where these tissue extensions (frena) occur uder the lips, they can pull the gum away from the roots of the teeth causing a great threat to the life of the front teeth. At times, these frena will cause gaps to remain between the upper front teeth, which are often unsightly and embarrassing to young people.
The Waterlase laser is by far the most advanced tool to address these problems, and is done very simply with no need for specialist care, general anaesthetic, or any stitches or strong pain control measures afterwards. Post-operative pain, bleeding and infection are virtually completely eliminated and usually no stitches are even needed.
Cairns Laser Dentistry
Dr Bob Gibbins, Dr Mimi Tam and Dr Norli Wan Mokhtar are fully trained in the use of this minimally invasive, cutting-edge technology, and are Associate Fellows of the World Clinical Laser Institute. We are one of the first dental practices in Queensland, and the only practice in Cairns to provide the Waterlase laser as part of our service. We have received advanced training in both USA and New Zealand as well as in Australia in the sophisticated use of lasers.