8912 Town and Country Cir.
Knoxville, TN 37923

Lasers in Dentistry

Cornerstone Dental offers the advantages of lasers in dentistry

A laser is a state-of-the-art device that uses light energy pulled into a very fine focus.  Lasers are unique because they can treat targeted tissue while leaving surrounding tissue unaffected.  It is this property, among others, that allow the dentists and hygienists at Cornerstone Dental Arts to perform a variety of very precise procedures.  In addition, lasers may seal off blood vessels and nerve endings during a procedure lessening bleeding, postoperative pain and swelling.  In many cases, due to their gentle and precise nature, lasers are used with little or no anesthetic.  Lasers are FDA approved, and have been used in dentistry since 1994.

Dental Lasers used at Cornerstone Dental in East Tennessee

A few ways LASERS are used in dentistry:

Cosmetic Uses

Excess or Swollen Gum Tissue

Treatment of Cold Sores and/or Canker Sores

Gum Disease

Why is it so important to treat gum disease and inflammation?

Gum Disease and Chronic Inflammation 
Gum disease is not only the MOST common cause of tooth loss among adults, but there is also a growing body of evidence that has linked serious gum disease (or periodontitis) to a number of “systemic” diseases that afflict the body. Gum disease has been linked to increased inflammation in the body and chronic inflammatory diseases.  Research has consistently shown that there is no doubt that having a healthy mouth goes far beyond personal appearance and no cavities.  The mouth is the gateway to the body.  The founders of The Mayo Clinic have stated “A healthy mouth can add ten years to your life”.  It has been suggested by not only the US Surgeon General, but in many investigations that the pathology within the mouth and the chronic inflammation that can be present with periodontal disease can be linked to coronary heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's, diabetes, bacterial pneumonia, pregnancy complications, and other health issues. 

Unwanted Access for Infections
When periodontitis is present, the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth essentially provides a portal or doorway for microscopic bacteria to access the body.  Periodontitis disrupts disease management by diabetics and doubles their likelihood of heart problems and kidney failure.  Pregnant women with periodontal infection have an increased risk of preterm delivery and low birth weight babies.  Simply “managing” periodontal disease is simply unacceptable, and ineffective.  Our greater responsibility is to cure periodontal inflammation and infection.  Cornerstone Dental’s comprehensive approach allows us to focus on your needs with a new arsenal of weapons.

Do Not Wait 
In most cases, the therapy provided in our office by our dentists and hygienists is amply comprehensive to deal with oral inflammation and infection.  The sooner treatment is initiated, however, the better we are able to avoid the systemic consequences of inaction.  This is why we are so passionate about periodontal therapy.  It is so much more than just a simple dental “cleaning”, it is in every way the practice of oral preventative and therapeutic medicine.

Changing The Future
We use lasers to attack periodontal inflammation at the microscopic level of infection.  The power of its focused light destroys otherwise inaccessible bacterial colonies while simultaneously creating an ideal environment for healing.  Today at Cornerstone Dental we offer our patients the hope of a better tomorrow by providing comprehensive oral healthcare in ways that were science fiction only a few years ago.

8912 Town and Country Cir., Knoxville, TN 37923 USA
Dr. Daniel Anderson Knoxville TN dentist (865) 531-7117 (865) 690-2272