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Laser Dentistry: An Innovative Tool in Modern Dental Practice

Mid-Valley Dental Care believes that infusing technology into our services is the key to patient satisfaction. From digital radiographs, TeethXpress, and 3D scans to single-visit dental technology, our office never shies from technology that enhances efficiency, comfort, and convenience. And it doesn’t stop there. We also offer laser dentistry for our Northridge, California patients to deliver outstanding outcomes in cosmetic, surgery, and periodontal treatments.  

Types of dental lasers

A dental laser emits light energy in a narrow, concentrated beam to shape or eliminate a small amount of tissue. There are two types of dental lasers – soft and hard tissue lasers. Each laser uses a specific wavelength that makes penetrating the given tissue type possible. As the name suggests, hard tissue lasers are for hard substances such as teeth or bone. Hard tissue lasers can precisely cut through the calcium phosphate in your bones for a desired shape or prepare it for other procedures. 

Soft tissue lasers use a light wavelength easily absorbed by water and hemoglobin. These lasers are suited for soft body tissue, such as gums, and can seal exposed blood vessels, reducing bleeding during treatment. 

Uses of laser in dentistry

Dental lasers have numerous functional and cosmetic roles in dentistry. Our dental team may recommend laser dentistry to:

  • Remove infected gum tissue
  • Accelerate teeth whitening results
  • Reshape your gum tissue to expose more of your teeth (crown lengthening)
  • Treat canker sores and cold sores
  • Prepare your tooth for a dental filling
  • Expose your wisdom tooth

Worried about the safety of dental lasers? Don’t be. The FDA approved the use of lasers in dentistry in 1994. So, when we recommend laser dentistry, be assured it’s safe, comfortable, and faster.

Benefits of laser dentistry

If the drilling sound at the dental office makes you cringe, laser dental treatment is the correct procedure for you. Instead of noisy drills, a dental laser cuts through your tissue with a focused light beam. Expect no heat or vibration, making it comfortable for many patients. 

Other benefits of laser dentistry include the following:

  • Faster healing
  • Anesthesia may not be necessary
  • Less bleeding
  • Reduced pain
  • Reduced chance of infection

Would you like to try laser dentistry in Northridge, CA? Please dial (818) 886-3500 to schedule an appointment with Mid-Valley Dental Care. Drs. Terence Lau, Casey Lau, and Kayla Lau will help you learn more about this treatment and determine if it suits you. 

Terence Lau, DDS, FICOI, FAACP

Dr. Terence

Casey Lau, DDS

Dr. Casey

Kayla Lau, D.D.S.

Dr. Kayla

Dr. Terence Lau, DDS, FICOI, FAACP, is a distinguished dental professional with a rich history of education and training, spanning over three decades. His unwavering commitment to excellence and relentless pursuit of advanced knowledge have solidified his reputation as a leader in the field of dentistry.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Cell-Molecular Biology from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Dr. Terence Lau attained his DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree from the Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC where he acquired an insatiable thirst for knowledge which led him to pursue advanced training in Periodontal Prosthodontics at the University of Washington School of Dentistry where he was introduced to dental implantology by it's inventor, Per Ingvar Branemark. Throughout his illustrious career, he has continuously improved his expertise through advanced continuing education, covering surgical and restorative implant dentistry, orthodontics, occlusion and full mouth reconstruction and smile design, TMJ and dento-facial orthopedics, sleep apnea, sedation dentistry, implant-assisted orthodontics, clear aligner therapy, regenerative periodontics and bone augmentation, and laser dentistry with a special focus on minimally invasive CT guided Bio-Aesthetic Implant Surgery, soft and hard tissue regeneration and cutting-edge laser dentistry.

Dr. Terence Lau's commitment to staying at dentistry's forefront is reflected in his memberships and fellowships in prestigious organizations, including the Academy of General Dentistry, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Academy of Osseointegration, American College of Oral Implantology,

American Society of Osseointegration, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), American Association for Functional Orthodontics, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, not to mention the American Dental Association (ADA) and the California Dental Association (CDA).

In his unwavering pursuit of advancing dental knowledge, Dr. Terence Lau founded Bio-Aesthetic Implant and Laser Solutions, dedicated to educating and mentoring fellow dentists in the areas of Dental Implantology and Laser Dentistry. He's a nationally recognized lecturer, sharing expertise on topics like Simplified Dental Implant Surgery.

His brother, Dr. Casey Lau, DDS, embarked upon his dental career in 2002 upon joining Dr. Terence Lau and team at Mid-Valley Dental Care. He received his Doctorate of Dental Science degree from the esteemed UCLA School of Dentistry after attaining his Bachelor of Science in Biology from UCLA.

At Mid-Valley Dental Care, Dr. Casey Lau practices a comprehensive dental philosophy centered around the principles of minimally invasive bioesthetic dentistry, with an emphasis on occlusion and orthodontics, cosmetic enhancements, regenerative periodontal therapies, and the cutting-edge realm of laser dentistry. His proficiency extends to advanced disciplines such as implantology, orthodontics, clear aligner therapy (notably Invisalign), and the art of oral sedation.

Constantly seeking innovation in dentistry, he holds membership within a constellation of professional affiliations. These include esteemed organizations such as the American Dental Association (ADA), California Dental Association (CDA), Academy of General Dentistry, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Academy of Osseointegration, the International Academy of Facial Aesthetics, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS) , American Academy of Clear Aligners, and the International Association for Orthodontics.

Beyond the realms of clinical practice, Dr. Casey Lau’s entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to oral healthcare innovation are epitomized through his joint venture with his wife in establishing Elims Oral Care, which boasts a unique line of eco-conscious oral care products. Among these offerings, his brainchild features a range of Nano-Hydroxyapatite toothpaste and fully dissolvable whitening strips, symbolizing a testament to his enduring dedication to holistic dental well-being.

They were later joined by Dr. Kayla Lau, DDS, RDH. Dr. Kayla Lau is a dedicated dental professional whose journey in dentistry began as a dental hygienist and culminated in her earning a DDS from the prestigious University of Southern California (USC). It was during her training at USC where she discovered that her passion lies in Biomimetic Restorative Dentistry, learning from pioneers like Dr. Pascal Magne. With a relentless commitment to excellence, she specializes in a wide range of dental services, including restorative and aesthetic dentistry, and the artful use of neuromodulators (i.e. Botox) and dermal fillers for orofacial pain relief, smile enhancement, and facial aesthetics.

Beyond her clinical expertise, Dr. Kayla is deeply committed to giving back to the community. She has been known to enjoy volunteering her time and skills to support underprivileged communities by providing essential dental hygiene care, dental work, and oral cancer screenings. Her altruistic spirit reflects her dedication to improving oral health and overall well-being in underserved populations.

As an active member of several professional organizations, including the Academy of General Dentistry, San Fernando Valley Dental Society, Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry, and the International Academy of Facial Aesthetics, as well as the American Dental Association (ADA) and the California Dental Association (CDA) Dr. Kayla remains at the forefront of dental innovation.

Specializing in treatments like aesthetic bonding, veneers, crowns, inlays/onlays, Invisalign, orofacial pain relief, and facial balancing, Dr. Kayla Lau's expertise, passion for Biomimetic Dentistry, and dedication to community service make her a compassionate and highly skilled professional committed to enhancing your oral health and transforming your smile.

Real Patients. Real Results.