The continual progression of technology has lead to major advancements in the way your teeth, gums and mouth can be treated. With the introduction of dental lasers and laser dentistry techniques you can now experience more comfortable dental visit without some of those bothersome noises produced by traditional dental tools. Laser dentistry is a dental field that uses high-powered light and energy instead of drills to correct a variety of dental issues. They can be used for oral surgery, periodontal treatment, cavity treatment, and teeth whitening. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several types of dentistry lasers for use on adults and children, and the safety and effectiveness of laser dentistry has been proven time and again. At Mission Trails Dentistry, Dr. Bradley A. Ross and our entire dental team offer state-of-the-art laser dentistry treatments to improve your oral health and give you a brighter-looking smile.

Contact our practice for more information on laser dentistry in San Diego.

Advantages of Laser Dentistry

Many of the lasers for dentistry are similar or identical in design to other medical lasers that have been used successfully for years in the specialties of ophthalmology, neurosurgery, Ear/Nose/Throat (ENT), and dermatology. Advantages of laser dentistry include:

  • Less Pain No Needles
  • Minimal bleeding
  • Preservation of tooth structure
  • Reduced postoperative infection/discomfort for less chance of infection
  • Reduced time in dentist’s office
  • Minimal or no anesthesia
  • No noise (like a traditional dentist’s drill)
  • Enhance effect of tooth whitening
  • No absorption of harmful chemicals
  • Improved bonding process
  • Quick removal of tooth decay
  • Longer lasting fillings – Faster healing
  • A more sterilized environment (dental laser kills bacteria)
  • For the treatment of canker sores and herpes lesions, the laser can actually decrease the pain experienced by these sores.


At Mission Trails Dentistry, one of our primary laser dentistry systems is Waterlase®. The Waterlase® laser unit is a way for us to use fewer shots, no anesthesia, and no drills. Fillings can now be administered in a quick, virtually painless laser procedure. Plus, Waterlase® makes it possible to provide you with fillings that last longer, and procedures that are so precise that bleeding and discomfort after treatment can be significantly minimized.

The Waterlase® technology removes decay through the use of a energized water droplets. Because the only thing that touches your tooth is air and water in most cases there is no need for anesthetic. It is for this reason that several teeth can be treated in one visit, reducing the need for additional appointments. Our new “drill-free” technology helps us to make your dental visit a much more enjoyable one.

As always, everyone was/is SUPER nice. I actually look forward to going to the dentist because no matter what, it is always to my benefit. And everyone being so considerate just adds to the “good vibes”! You guys ROCK! – Barbra A.

Periodontal (Gum) Treatment with Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry allows for the treatment of gum disease at any earlier stage. It can also be useful for pregnant women and people with debilitating medical conditions. While there is no guarantee of total “pain-free laser dentistry,” discomfort is greatly reduced.

With laser dentistry treatments, patients often have no need for Novocain or other anesthetics. Dental laser treatment, often referred to as laser periodontal treatment, also works well for treating canker sores and bacterial infections around teeth and gums.

Step into the future with laser dentistry at our San Diego practice. With laser procedures, Mission Trails Dentistry can give you quick, more comfortable procedures that can have you smiling in no time!

To schedule an appointment for laser dentistry at our San Diego practice, please contact Mission Trails Dentistry today.