What is Laser Dentistry?

Laser dentistry provides a modern, innovative, and overall more comfortable approach to dental care. The drill has traditionally been the dentist’s go-to tool, but it is invasive and causes an unnecessary amount of patient discomfort. When a laser is used, patients are more comfortable and relaxed.

Because of the laser’s concentrated energy, it can be used to perform powerful and accurate dental work without being invasive. In addition, because laser treatment is by nature, gentler, patients experience the following benefits:

  • Decreased appointment duration
  • Minimized bleeding and swelling
  • Reduced discomfort (during and after procedures)
  • Moderated or eliminated need for local anesthesia (in most cases)
  • Faster healing and recovery

Lasers are wonderful, resourceful tools in cosmetic, preventative, and reparative dentistry. Here are the many ways that the Montana Center for Laser Dentistry can help you through the use of laser dentistry technology:

  • Decay removal
  • Fillings
  • Root canals
  • Periodontal treatments (i.e., gum disease)
  • Gum recontouring
  • Crowns and veneers (in a single appointment!)
  • Teeth whitening

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More Dental Technology

In addition to dental lasers (Fotona (link to and Technology4Medicine (link to are our trusted brands), we employ many other types of innovative dental technology for the benefit of our patients, such as:

  • Dental Microscope to enhance our ability to diagnose and treat in a minimally invasive fashion. We can see over 1000 times more than the naked eye using the microscope!
  • Cerec (link to to make crowns and veneers in just over an hour (while you wait!), eliminating the need for the dreaded temporary crown or veneer and a follow-up visit
  • DIAGNOdent (link to to support earlier and more accurate detection of tooth decay
  • KöR Whitening (link to to whiten teeth; KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching is a revolutionary tool in teeth whitening, with low-to-no teeth sensitivity felt by patients; it is the only system proven to whiten tetracycline (dark) stained teeth
  • Proprietary Instruments Dr. Colonna has even developed his own instruments to help eliminate the use of drills in his practice.
  • Tekscan allows us to improve your bite if you are experiencing headaches, stiffness in the jaw, or sensitive teeth.

  • Velscope-The VELscope system helps dental professionals visualize abnormalities in the mucosal tissues of your lips, mouth and upper throat. In just two minutes, with no rinses, stains or discomfort, a VELscope examination lets healthcare professionals improve their assessment of your overall oral health.
  • Galileos 3D x-ray, cone beam radiographic system. This type of x-ray is like a panoramic x-ray, but can see the teeth, jawbone, TMJ, sinuses, and more, in three dimensions. It allows the doctors to diagnose what previously could NOT be seen in traditional two dimensional x-rays. The accuracy of these images are so precise, that the doctors can actually perform a “Virtual Surgery” for example, to place implants, in a extremely precise, and minimally invasive fashion!  We can also use this type of x-ray to diagnose and treat sleep disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea! There is so much this does that we can’t imagine practicing dentistry without this technology!