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A 36-year-old member asked:

how does laser therapy help with dental problems?

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
So many ways...: Laser can be effectively used for; periodontal disease (gum disease), herpetic lesions and ulcerations (cold sores), gingival augmentations (altering a gummy smile), frenulectomy (lip attachment), or more severe attachment such ankylosed tongue, (tongue tied), whitening teeth, removing cavities.
Dr. Alexandra Jaquery
Cosmetic Dentistry 14 years experience
Laser cuts soft tissue without the bleeding because it produces cell ablasion. Its an effective bacterial killer, being used in root canal treatment as well as in periodontal disease. In hard tissue like teeth its light can help in teeth bleaching.
Nov 8, 2012
Dr. Don Millner
Dr. Don Millner commented
Cosmetic Dentistry 43 years experience
I agree to all of the above but tooth whitening. While many practitioners still use lights or lasers to "highlight" the whitening process most studies show it is the strength/activity of the bleaching agent (peroxide) that is responsible for the lightening effect.
Nov 24, 2013
Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 37 years experience
Many ways: Laser therapy makes fillings virtually painless, no injections. Laser root canal "pips" allows for better 3 dimensional cleaning of the root canals and bacteria reduction. Laser periodontal treatment reduces pain, bleeding and swelling compared to traditional "gum" surgeries. Cold laser for TMJ and facial pain helps reduce pain, swelling and speed healing. The absence of the typical drill noise.
Dr. Eric Linden
Specializes in Periodontics
LANAP: If a patient has gum disease, then they might be a candidate for laser gum surgery, also known as lanap. This laser therapy has regenerative qualities to enhance bone regeneration and stabilize the disease process with quick healing and is a less invasive approach to treating the disease.

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How do I care for my baby's new teeth?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Brush daily: Once your baby has teeth it is important to brush them daily. You don't need to use toothpaste, a washcloth will do. Also, never put your baby to bed with a bottle as this will cause tooth decay and cavities.
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Which teeth come in first?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Lower two front ones: Typically the front lower two teeth come in first, followed by the upper two front teeth. Then the ones on either side of the lower front ones, again followed by the ones on either side of the upper front ones. Teeth typically erupt in pairs, with the lower coming in before the upper.
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Why should I care for my baby's teeth?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Not all teeth...: ...Just the ones you don't want to rot and crumble. Even milk teeth can decay to the point of causing infections in the jaw and damage to permanent tooth buds.
Dr. Pamela Asseff
Dentistry 28 years experience
Baby teeth provide room for permanent teeth. If a baby tooth is badly decayed, the permanent tooth can come in with decay. This is known as Turner's tooth.
Aug 14, 2013
Dr. Leon F. Gerard
Dentistry 39 years experience
You only have to take care of the teeth you want to keep
Aug 16, 2013
Dr. Reena Gupta
Dr. Reena Gupta commented
Dentistry 19 years experience
baby teeth if decayed can cause problems with erruption of permanent,also decayed teeth can cause infections ands can affect the whole body if it starts forming abscesses..so should take care of baby teeth..also dont want baby to have pain!
Sep 23, 2013
A 37-year-old member asked:

What's a cheap fix for my yellow teeth?

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Dr. Michael Teitelbaum
Dentistry 32 years experience
Payment plan: Any otc system will proabably be a waste of money. A professionally made tray & system may be able to painlessly whiten your teeth, and many dentists offer payment plans to allow you to make small monthly payments & get the smile of your dreams..
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How do you know when your wisdom teeth are growing into your moth?

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Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 54 years experience
Can see sometimes: Your gums may get red, swollen and sore. You may be able to see a new tooth. The only way to know for sure is to see a dentist.

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