Kathleen Mullaney, DDS, FAGD - AlexandriaDentist
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Patient Review for Dr. Kathleen Mullaney

Laser Dentistry

A dental laser functions by generating heat energy in the form of light. Dr. Mullaney uses the laser as an adjunct in many cosmetic dental procedures. Dr. Mullaney uses the dental laser to reshape the gum line of teeth to improve “gummy smiles”. This virtually painless laser procedure can be a great complement to a cosmetic dental procedure such as porcelain veneers.

Another recent development in periodontal treatment is the use of the laser to remove diseased gum tissue. Dr. Mullaney utilizes a soft tissue Diode laser to perform periodontal procedures. Performed without a scalpel and sutures, Laser Periodontal Procedures include such treatments as debridement of diseased or inflamed soft tissue in the periodontal pocket, frenectomy, and soft tissue crown lengthening. Because the laser only targets the diseased tissue, Dr. Mullaney is able to remove the bacteria without cutting or stitching, resulting in a more comfortable patient experience. Pain medication is rarely prescribed after a laser gum surgery procedure. Most patients who undergo laser gum surgery can return to work and resume their daily activities immediately after the procedure.

"I Love My New Laser! It allows me to gently and easily re-shape and balance the gum tissues while designing a beautiful new smile for a patient. It saves my patients time and money (they no longer need a referral to a periodontist for this procedure), for as I do the above, I am also preparing the teeth for cosmetic porcelain veneers and crowns.

My specialized laser is precise, much less traumatic, and enables prompt healing with less post-operative discomfort than before. This soft tissue laser uses the power of light to vaporize oral soft tissues with unmatched precision. And most importantly, post-operative response will lead to a cleaner and healthier surgical site with less tenderness when compared to alternative methods of surgery. My soft tissue laser permits minor surgical procedures and also decontaminates, or cleanses, the area at the same time. As a result, there is an even lower chance of infection. The laser wound itself is self-healing, requiring no sutures.

I am so excited to have this new laser technology in my practice to better serve my patients- that remains my pre-eminent focus to continually seek out new ways to improve the quality of care and make their smiles even more outstanding."

- Dr. K. Mullaney

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