Dental Implant Institute of Las Vegas offers innovative WaterLase Laser Dentistry
Good dental care is not just for a great smile but very important to maintain proper health. It is estimated that half of adults over the age of 30 and 70 percent of adults age 65 and older suffer from gum disease. Even with innovations and new techniques, many people are afraid or embarrassed to go to the dentist. Dental Implant Institute of Las Vegas now offers the newest model, state-of-the-art WaterLase Laser Dentistry. This treatment offers little or no discomfort, rapid healing and, in many cases, no anesthetic for good dental health with a beautiful smile.
Dr. Jennifer Cha is the president of the Dental Implant Institute of Las Vegas and works with her husband, Dr. Leon Chen, who is also an accomplished periodontist. Opening the institute in 2003, she specializes in cosmetic periodontal surgery and dental implants. A Las Vegas resident since 1973 and an expert in her field, Dr. Cha is one of the most sought out female periodontists and has made it possible for many to chew, smile and live a healthier lifestyle.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree in biology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree from Washington University School of Dentistry and her specialty degree in periodontics from Northwestern University Dental School. Dr. Cha is also a Fellow and Diplomat of the International Board of Oral Implantologists, one of only three dentists in Las Vegas to be awarded this honor.
After moving to pursue her education, Dr. Cha returned to Las Vegas in 1993 to become the first practicing female periodontist in Las Vegas. Dr. Cha offers expertise in dental implants, including full mouth reconstruction. Her patients receive the most advanced dental care through revolutionary procedures, such as the 5 in 1 Technique, Sinus Lift, and Vertical Translation, all procedures developed by the Dental Implant Institute. These revolutionary procedures are less invasive, causes very little to no pain, has a short-term recovery and provides a much higher rate of success.
Still, even those with implants need regular checkups. According to Dr. Cha, many patients with implants feel, “With these implants, I am like a robot and part bionic so I don’t need to go to the dentist.”
It is possible to have peri-implant diseases, an inflammatory condition affecting the soft- and hard-gum-tissues around dental implants. Similar to a natural tooth, bacteria can build up on the base of the implant, below the gum line. Over time, the bacteria can irritate the gum tissue, causing it to become inflamed, damaging the tissue. If not caught early, it could also cause the bone structure below the implant to deteriorate, just like natural teeth.
WaterLase Laser Dentistry technology is a non-invasive surgical procedure that does not require opening the gums. It also promotes new bone regeneration in the area where there was disease.
“Laser treatment is the best tool to treat disease around the implants,” Dr. Cha explained. “It doesn’t hurt because it cools down the area with water. I am so excited to acquire the newest WaterLase model.”
Using the latest laser dental technology is a major advancement in treatment. Patients treated with laser energy recover more quickly. The WaterLase iPlus can be used for one implant or multiple implants in the mouth. Laser treatment is able to remove tooth enamel decay (the hardest substance in the body), targeting bone and gum tissue precisely while leaving surrounding areas unaffected.
Heat, vibration and pressure are the primary causes of pain associated with the use of the traditional dental drill. Since cutting both hard and soft tissues (teeth and gums) with the WaterLase does not generate heat, vibration or pressure; many dental procedures can be performed nearly pain-free with fewer shots, less need for anesthesia, less use of the drill or burr and fewer numb lips. Additionally, using laser treatment for gum procedures reduce bleeding, post-operative pain, swelling and the need for pain medication in many cases.
High-speed drills can cause hairline cracks and fractures in the teeth that eventually lead to future dental problems. Laser treatment reduces damage to healthy portions of the tooth and minimizes trauma. Due to its conservative cutting action, laser treatment performs many soft tissue (gum) procedures with little or no bleeding and less post-op swelling.
Cavity preps can be performed in all areas of the mouth in just one visit. This technology also gives the trained laser dentists at the institute the ability to perform many procedures that were previously referred to specialists. Laser treatment is extremely versatile. It can be used for a wide range of hard and soft tissue procedures. From decay removal, cavity preparation, root canals, smile design, gum and bone surgical procedures.
Dr. Cha has been using lasers since 2000 and a previous WaterLase model in 2008 before acquiring the latest model earlier this year. Laser treatment dentistry is one of the most advanced dental treatments available today and uses a patented technology that combines focused light energy with a gentle spray of water for a highly precise, exceptionally gentle dental experience.