Scott A. Gradwell, D.M.D., F.A.G.D, P.C.

Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry is one of the most exciting advances in dental technology. At the office of Dr. Scott Gradwell, we think it’s important to bring you the latest and most precise dental procedures in the industry. Using the DEKA UltraSpeed CO2 laser, we offer the ultimate in soft tissue treatments. Lasers have been proven to reduce the pain, swelling, and bacterial formation that can occur during dental procedures. Lasers also ensure a better cut than that of a scalpel, and they sterilize surface tissues when used to create gum flaps. Often times, using a laser during surgery eliminates the need for sutures following the procedure. We offer a wide variety of laser dental procedures in our office, which will make your visit a more pleasant and safe experience. On this page, you’ll learn more about laser dentistry and some of the laser procedures we offer.

New research developments have made it possible to treat gum disease and periodontitis with laser therapy, known as laser periodontal therapy (LPT). Over 50 percent of Americans have periodontal disease, a condition that starts with bacterial colonization around the teeth. Older surgical treatments such as root-planing and scraping, along with gingival curettage surgery, will generally require sutures and a general anesthetic. These traditional methods are also somewhat more painful than laser treatments, making laser periodontal therapy a great alternative for your dental needs.

Our office utilizes two different lasers for treatment, our newest Deka CO2 Laser and the Biolase Diode Laser.  Each is used for a variety of treatment options to fit your needs.

Benefits of Laser Periodontal Therapy

The LPT process is not only less painful than the surgical methods of the past, but also minimally invasive, suture-free, and proven to have longer-lasting results. Over 98 percent of LPT patients show no signs of periodontitis after five years, while the stability rate for the traditional surgical group is only 5 percent over the same period of time. There is also a less than 24-hour recovery period with laser surgery, whereas traditional surgery can take two to four weeks of healing time and may cause significant bleeding and swelling.

Laser dentistry can be used for many dental procedures including:

  • Gummy smile (smile design): Dental lasers can be used to reshape the gumline on patients to expose more of the tooth and improve the cosmetic appearance of a gummy smile.
  • Cold sore or canker sore treatment: Cold sores and canker sores can be a painful thing to deal with. Traditionally, few treatments were effective to treat these uncomfortable sores. Medication is available to speed healing, and numbing gels can help with the discomfort, but now a quick and comfortable laser application can provide increased comfort and much quicker healing time. In many cases, the area treated will not develop a canker sore or cold sore later on.
  • Gapped Teeth (Frenectomy): A small area of tissue connects the lip to the gums and another connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. Sometimes these connective tissues are too restricting. A too restrictive attachment from the upper lip to the gum can result in gapped front teeth. An attachment that is too restrictive on the underside of the tongue can be responsible for a variety of problems from babies unable to breast feed well, to speech impediments. Laser dentistry is an excellent solution for these problems as the patients are often young and laser frenectomy will be a more comfortable procedure, requiring no stitches or shots.
  • Dental Implants and other oral surgeries: Most types of oral surgeries, including key parts of placing dental implants, can benefit from laser dentistry. Using the dental laser instead of a metal scalpel can reduce bleeding, swelling and discomfort. The laser can also sterilize areas affected to reduce incident of infection. These benefits combined can result in shorter and more comfortable healing time for patients.
  • Gingivitis therapy: Gingivitis and periodontal disease are a leading cause of tooth loss, and it is estimated that 80% of the adult population has gum disease of some form. Our Utah dentists can use the DEKA laser to treat gingivitis and help improve the health and appearance of your gums.

During Your Laser Periodontal Procedure

Even though the procedure itself is known to be virtually painless, local anesthetic will numb any possible discomfort during a laser procedure. Dr.  Scott Gradwell  will direct the CO2 laser to the area between the affected tooth and adjacent gum tissue where the pockets of diseased tissue are located. Energy from our laser will clear away the bacteria and infection under the gum line without harming any of the surrounding gum tissue. The laser will then seal the tooth, forming a sterile natural bandage so that the gum tissue can heal. There will be no cutting or sutures, and you can return to your life the same day.

DEKA UltraSpeed CO2 Laser

Often described as the “workhorse” of dental lasers, the versatile DEKA UltraSpeed CO2 laser is an important development in laser dentistry. Extensive research has proven this laser’s wavelength to be one of the safest and most effective in dentistry today. The CO2 laser has been used in medicine for over 25 years and the DEKA UltraSpeed CO2 laser makes procedures virtually pain-free, speeds recovery, and improves dental procedures in general. The DEKA UltraSpeed CO2 laser is a leading tool in laser dentistry, and we are proud to offer it to our patients

BioLase Laser Dentistry

Patient comfort and clinical efficiency in dentistry are constantly improving, especially with recent technological advances. We stay on top of innovative dental tools and treatments to bring patients the best dentistry has to offer. The BioLase soft and hard tissue laser combines laser energy (focused, concentrated light) and a stream of water to perform dental procedures and eliminate the need for dental drilling and anesthesia in many instances.

The BioLase can remove decay and prepare teeth for fillings, and it can also perform root canals, bone grafting, re-contouring (reshaping) of “gummy” smiles, and many general soft tissue procedures – and the benefits are bountiful. The BioLase does not emit heat and vibration like conventional drills, and this makes treatment so comfortable that often, anesthesia injections are not necessary. It also provides pinpoint accuracy, effectively performing procedures without damaging surrounding tissues. The BioLase has proven effective for many soft-tissue procedures, such as periodontal therapy, crown lengthening, and soft tissue biopsies. Patients can expect minimal, if any, recovery time afterwards because laser therapy causes less trauma, bleeding, and swelling than traditional surgery.

1251 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. Suite 305, Allentown, PA 18103 USA
Dr. Scott Gradwell Allentown PA periodontist (610) 770-1050 (610) 770-6592