Laser Dentistry vs. Traditional Dentistry

For many, the idea of scalpels and drills going anywhere near their mouths produces a ton of anxiety and often delays taking necessary action to address ongoing dental issues that need attention. To compound that, the prolonged recovery time, discomfort, stitches and risk for infections associated with traditional dentistry understandably causes many to forgo short-term pain for long-term gain.

Laser Dentistry: The Future is here in Peru

What if there was a safer, more comfortable and less painful form of dental care that drastically speed up recovery for most dental procedures? Well, for residents of the Illinois Valley that possibility exists and patients at or Peru and Princeton offices have reaped the benefits for years. The answer is laser dentistry. While that seems like wild, space-age technology – and it kind of is – it’s really an easier, safer, less scary AND less painful way to address specific dental needs. 

So what exactly is laser dentistry?

The complicated explanation begins with the origins of the term “laser” which is the acronym for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.” Essentially, a high-powered and precisely focused beam of light energy allows dentists to perform dental treatments with much more control than traditional methods involving scalpels and drills allowing them to perform sensitive procedures that involve repair teeth or gums and removing damaged soft tissue from with “laser precision” (see what we did there!). The end result is safer, more enjoyable experience with faster recovery and less need for sedation and pain killers. For additional benefits, check out the summary below:

Why You Should Consider Laser Dentistry

  • A better experience: less invasive and more comfortable than traditional dentistry involving drills and scalpels
  • Faster recovery: blood loss minimized and risk of infections are reduced since lasers cauterize and sterilize as it as they go. Not to mention less need for uncomfortable sutures.
  • Less pain: reducing the need for sedation and localized anesthesia as well as pain killers for aftercare.
  • Faster & more precise: enjoy the benefits of getting critical procedures out of the way with less pain, faster recovery and less need for sedation and pain killers so you can get on with your life!

If you’re in the Illinois Valley area and have been putting off necessary dental procedures to to fear and anxiety, it’s time to try laser dentistry. Dr. Ed and the staff at A Lifetime of Smiles are available to answer any of your questions and walk you through the laser dentistry process. Call or stop into our office in Peru or Princeton, IL.