DenMat, a Bingham Farms private dentist practice, has introduced the diode laser, a non-invasive micro laser, into its practice. Dentists are using this device for gum disease, tooth decay, lesion removal, surgery, and general cleanings.
“With this tool, I can often do things without numbing the patient,” says Dr. Timothy F. Kosinski, a dentist at DenMat. “Our patients are responding very positively. We say laser and people think Star Wars, but this is light energy. If it’s done correctly, often times the patients may feel a little warmness and that’s all.”
While laser dentistry has been around since the mid 1990’s, the Sharpie-sized diode laser is a new laser that offers a more effective, compact option. Through this noninvasive technique, dentists can reshape gum areas, heal and prevent canker sores, remove tooth decay, and improve a patient’s healing time.
“As a hygienist, I use it to help lower the amount of bacteria in the mouth,” says Stephanie Pajot, who works at the office. “It helps with inflammation and discomfort. It can also stop a cold sore and canker sore where it’s at, so that it doesn’t progress.”
LeAnne Ahler, one of Kosinski’s patients, travels over 100 miles for the laser treatment.
“I’ve always had a fear of dentists, and this is awesome,” says Ahler. “With the laser, I didn’t feel a thing. I didn’t even know they did it.”
Gary Lesniewski, another one of Kosinski’s patients, says the procedure prevented his cold sore from forming, and it costed around $40.
“The hygienist used the laser tool, and all I felt was a warming sensation, like someone putting a mini hair dryer on my lip,” says Lesniewski. “There was no pain involved at all.”
Kosinski, who uses the laser treatment in his office for general cleaning as well as other procedures, says he wants the public to know that they offer the laser treatment, and that DenMat is teaching other dentists around the country how to integrate it into their practices.
“Dental care is a great holistic approach of getting the entire body fixed,” says Kosinski. “At the lowest level, gum disease causes sore, bleeding gums when you brush. Later, it can become periodontitis, which leads to bone loss, tooth loss, and overall bad health as your body is constantly fighting the bacteria that goes into your bloodstream. Maintaining your teeth is probably the most cost-effective way of being able to function, because it really affects overall health.”
Kosinski has been practicing dentistry for over three decades and is also an affiliate adjunct clinical professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School Of Dentistry. He and his 10-person staff offer oral care services that include cosmetic surgery, implant surgery, special needs dental care, and more.