Laser Dentistry

Laser Dentistry in Charlotte, NC – Smiles by Payet Dentistry

Experience the Future of Dental Care with Laser Dentistry

Welcome to Smiles by Payet Dentistry, where we bring the latest in dental technology to our patients in Charlotte, NC. Our advanced laser dentistry services offer a range of benefits that make dental treatments more comfortable, efficient, and effective. Whether you need treatment for cavities, gum disease, or other dental issues, our laser technology provides a minimally invasive solution for a healthier, brighter smile.

Why Choose Laser Dentistry?

  1. Pain-Free Treatments
    • Laser dentistry significantly reduces discomfort during and after procedures. The precision of lasers minimizes damage to surrounding tissues, often eliminating the need for anesthesia and reducing recovery time.
  2. Greater Precision and Accuracy
    • Lasers allow for highly precise treatments, which means more of your healthy tooth and gum tissue is preserved. This precision is especially beneficial for procedures such as cavity removal, gum reshaping, and treating gum disease.
  3. Reduced Bleeding and Swelling
    • The laser’s ability to cauterize as it cuts results in less bleeding and swelling, making your recovery quicker and more comfortable. This is particularly advantageous for gum surgeries and other soft tissue treatments.
  4. Faster Healing Times
    • Laser treatments promote faster healing by sterilizing the treatment area and reducing the risk of infection. This leads to quicker recovery and less downtime for patients.
  5. Versatile Applications
    • Laser dentistry can be used for a variety of dental procedures, including cavity detection and removal, gum disease treatment, root canal therapy, teeth whitening, and more. This versatility makes it an invaluable tool in modern dental care.

Our Laser Dentistry Services

  • Cavity Detection and Removal
    • Early detection and precise removal of cavities without the discomfort of traditional drills.
  • Gum Disease Treatment
    • Effective treatment of gum disease with less pain and faster healing.
  • Gum Reshaping
    • Cosmetic reshaping of gums for a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
  • Root Canal Therapy
    • Enhanced precision in cleaning and disinfecting root canals.
  • Teeth Whitening
    • Faster and more effective teeth whitening results with laser technology.

Your Comfort and Health Are Our Priority

At Smiles by Payet Dentistry, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality of care using the latest advancements in dental technology. Our experienced team is trained in the latest laser dentistry techniques to ensure you receive the best possible treatment.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Discover the benefits of laser dentistry for yourself. Contact Smiles by Payet Dentistry in Charlotte, NC, to schedule your appointment and take the first step towards a healthier, more beautiful smile.

Laser Dentistry is 21st Century Technology

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“Laser dentistry” seems pretty straightforward – a dentist using a laser to fix problems, right?  However, not all dental lasers are equally capable, and different lasers work better for different procedures.  That’s why Dr. Payet has invested in the most advanced, multi-purpose, digital lasers available: the Periolase MVP-7 Nd:YAG and the Fotona Lightwalker Dual-Wavelength Nd:YAG/Er:YAG lasers.  These advanced lasers allow Dr. Charles Payet to painlessly and easily perform many dental procedures without a drill or blade.

Laser Dentistry Procedures

As technology improves, the number of dental applications has grown by leaps and bounds.  They generally fall into 2 categories: Soft-Tissue or Hard-Tissue procedures.  Soft-tissue procedures have to do with the gum tissue or the lining of your cheeks, lips, and tongue.  Hard-tissue procedures involve contouring or removing enamel, dentin, or bone.  With 2 lasers that use different wavelengths,  Dr. Payet chooses the right laser for the right procedure; he isn’t limited like most dentists.


Soft-Tissue Procedures

One of the first uses for laser dentistry, was in the field of periodontics, or gum surgery.  Small, precise laser beams are superb at killing bacteria, gently sculpting gum tissue for improved smile esthetics, and effectively removing areas of infection or excess gums.  Unlike when a scalpel is used in conventional gum surgeries, the body essentially skips several steps in the healing process, leaping forward for a faster and better recovery.

Dr. Payet was one of the first Charlotte dentists to invest in the Periolase MVP-7 laser, using it to treat patients with moderate-to-severe periodontal disease.  The LANAPTM protocol is the only original FDA-approved laser treatment for laser gum therapy, proven in rigorous studies to regenerate healthy bone and gum attachment.  It’s truly the best gum surgery alternative available, as many of Dr. Payet’s patients will attest.  Even for patients with severe periodontal disease, the recovery is fast and easy.  Nearly all of Dr. Charles Payet’s LANAP patients only need Tylenol or ibuprofen, and they’re back to their normal activities the next day.

Hard-tissue Procedures

Laser dentistry Fotona Lightwalker

When a laser is used to make changes to the teeth or bone, they’re called “Hard-tissue procedures.”  For these, Dr. Payet chose the Fotona Lightwalker dual-wavelength laser.  It’s patented QSP mode allows incredibly fast and precise removal of cavities, composite resins, and even old porcelain crowns and veneers.  It contours and removes excess bone during oral surgery procedures, too.   Patients simply love that there’s often no numbing needed and no drill noise.  If you’re in need of any of the following, laser dentistry with Charlotte’s expert laser dentist Dr. Payet is what you’re looking for.

  • Remove bonded porcelain crowns, veneers, and even bridges.
  • Easily, quickly, & painlessly remove old tooth-colored fillings.
  • Clean out cavities and shape teeth for tooth-colored fillings.
  • Delicately re-contour the gum lines around your teeth to make them more beautiful & proportional.
  • Remove excess gum tissue and bone during cosmetic gum surgery or after braces.
  • Safely remove excess bone over dental implants, or disinfect failing implant surfaces to stimulate bone growth.
  • Laser root canal therapy with PIPS.

Benefits of Dental Lasers

Dr. Payet loves providing laser dentistry, for all the same reasons that patients love it.

  • Less need for injections or drills.
  • They’re quieter, so anxious patients can relax.
  • Extreme precision, so procedures are more conservative and faster.
  • Fast, pain-free recovery.

How Lasers Work in Dentistry

Modern dental lasers use digitally controlled pulses of energy to interact with targeted molecules.  The Fotona Lightwalker Er:YAG, which Dr. Payet uses for many Hard-Tissue Procedures, acts by causing microscopic bursts in water molecules in enamel, dentin, gum, and bone.  This gently and very precisely removes small areas of tissue, but it has no effect on nearby tissues.  Laser energy from the Periolase MVP-7 ND:YAG and the Lightwalker Nd:YAG are absorbed by dark pigments.  The bacteria involved in many oral infections are usually dark in color, so they absorb the energy and are vaporized, leaving healthy tissue untouched.  Using a Nd:YAG at very low energies also gently warms tissues, which stimulates rapid healing.

Laser Dentistry FAQs:

Q: Is laser dentistry painful?

A: The precise way that dental lasers work, makes them virtually pain free.  That’s one of the many reasons that both Dr. Payet and his patients prefer laser dentistry.

Q: Is laser dentistry more expensive than conventional methods?

A: At Smiles by Payet Dentistry, there’s no difference in fees, whether Dr. Payet uses a laser or drill.  Patients love the many benefits of laser dentistry, and because it is simply superior dental care, Dr. Payet ensures everyone who can, benefits from it.  He invested in this advanced technology to provide the best dental care possible.  He enjoys the improved patient experience as much as you do.

Q: Can dental lasers do everything?

A:  While laser dentistry is truly amazing, lasers can’t remove old silver fillings or crowns with metal inside.   Even though the Fotona Lightwalker is fast enough to shape a tooth for a veneer or crown, it can’t create the smooth surface required.  A drill is still superior for those procedures.


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