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Laser Dentistry in Mountlake Terrace, WA

Lasers in Dentistry
Altitude Dental provides laser dentistry services in Mountlake Terrace, WA. Please call our office at 425-775-3446 to receive more information about laser dentistry or schedule an appointment.

What is Laser Dentistry?

Laser dentistry involves using a powerful, highly targeted light beam to perform tasks that would otherwise require making soft tissue incisions with standard instruments. Dr. Marcus uses a laser for certain procedures to provide faster and more accurate results, reduce healing times, and prevent infection.

Benefits of Laser Dentistry

Less Discomfort

Laser dentistry feels more comfortable for the patient. Sometimes, you may not even need a local anesthetic to have work done.

Lower Risk of Infection

Traditional dental tools could cause gum abrasions, letting infection take hold. Lasers do not damage the healthy gum tissue. Also, the laser kills bacteria and sterilizes the area, lowering infection risk.

Minimizes Bleeding

You can expect far less bleeding after the fact with a laser procedure. You will heal at a faster rate and be able to resume your normal activities.

Fewer Sutures Needed

Some standard dental procedures require sutures afterward, causing possible pain and inconvenience. Lasers cauterize the area, making bleeding much less noticeable.

Quiet Treatments

A standard dental procedure using a drill can be noisy and cause anxiety. Lasers are quiet and create no annoying vibrations.

Ideal for Sensitive Teeth

People with sensitive teeth and gums benefit greatly from laser dentistry. They are less likely to feel any sensations from the laser other than occasional mild discomfort.

Procedures Offered

Dr. Marcus uses a dental diode laser to perform several procedures:


A gingivectomy involves surgically removing gum tissue. Periodontists perform this procedure to take care of diseased gum tissue. Dr. Marcus also performs this procedure for aesthetic reasons to correct a "gummy" smile.

Lasers make gingivectomies faster, more accurate, and more comfortable while reducing recovery time.


A frenectomy is also known as tongue-tie or lip-tie surgery. It involves cutting the frenulum, or the tissue that links the tongue to the gum. Young children sometimes need this surgery because a tongue or lip tie can interfere with breastfeeding, speech, and tooth alignment.

Lasers help with frenectomies because they make the procedure quick and comfortable for your child, reducing the chance of infection and bleeding.

Laser Periodontal Procedures

Dr. Marcus performs periodontal procedures using the diode laser. Gum shaping, pocket depth reduction, and other procedures become much easier with the laser's help.

Laser-Assisted Teeth Whitening

We use lasers to help activate the teeth whitening gel in the office, creating stunning results.

Why Choose Altitude Dental?

Dr. Marcus and her talented staff provide advanced care in a compassionate, non-judgmental setting. We use the latest dental technologies to improve your treatment's speed, accuracy, and comfort.

We offer comprehensive dental treatment for your entire family, from preventive care to advanced procedures like dental implant surgery. We believe that your dental care can improve your quality of life.

Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Dentistry

How do dental lasers work?
Lasers send a beam of concentrated light into the teeth and gums. The dentist can adjust the light to different wavelengths to target different tissue types. Most commonly used for soft tissue removal, lasers can also replace a dental drill for removing tooth decay.
How are dental lasers different from drills?
Dental drills vibrate as they spin, causing noise, heat, and pressure. Many patients feel anxious when they hear the sound of a dental drill, but lasers are silent. Drills may cause small cracks and fractures in your teeth during dental procedures, while lasers are gentler. They are equally effective in removing dental decay.
Is laser dentistry safe?
Laser dentistry provides many advantages, and safety is at the top of the list. Dentists who use lasers receive thorough training in safety precautions. Lasers received FDA approval in dental settings. They are equally safe, if not safer, than traditional dental tools because they reduce bleeding and infection.
Will I need local anesthesia with laser dentistry?
According to your personal preference, you may not need local anesthesia because the laser does not physically contact the hard or soft tissue. Especially sensitive patients may prefer to have anesthesia.
Why do dentists prefer lasers for periodontal procedures?
Laser periodontal treatments remove less healthy tissue than conventional tools. They allow easier healing and kill bacteria that worsen gum disease.

Call Altitude Dental

If you want to know more about our dental laser, please call us at 425-775-3446. We can answer your questions about dental lasers and schedule an appointment with Dr. Marcus.

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