Fotona for children: painless dental treatments, without drills, needles, or anesthesia!
“I’m not afraid to go to the dentist with Fotona!” Wow! Did your child tell you that? That’s great, but who is Fotona? The best friend at school? The favorite teddy bear? No! Fotona for children is simply a beam of light, a laser technology that has become the superhero of dental treatments in the Algarve.
No traumas! No pain, no needles, no anesthesia, no drills, no vibrations… But with all the effectiveness, satisfaction, and comfort, both for babies, children, and adolescents, and for healthcare professionals. This is the Fotona laser light in pediatric dental treatments, such as sealant applications, restorations, root canals, and corrective surgeries for children.
Dental treatments with Fotona laser for children
Time to celebrate! The new generation of dental treatments for children has arrived in the Algarve! It’s called Fotona and its goal is to treat various types of mouth and teeth problems quickly and effectively using laser technologies. Atelier do Sorriso in Almancil was the first dental clinic in the Algarve to introduce a complete range of Er-Yag and Nd-Yag Fotona laser treatments for children (and adults!). These treatments are consolidated into a single high-performance and comprehensive instrument that makes procedures on hard and soft tissues easier and faster to perform.
Main advantages of Fotona laser for children
The Fotona technologies have a major advantage: they eliminate the anxiety and “fear” that most children feel when visiting the dentist. And that’s because – if laser is used – parents and dentists can assure them that…
- ✅ they won’t feel any pain;
- ✅ they won’t feel the needle prick because they won’t need anesthesia;
- ✅ they won’t feel, see, or hear the scary noise of drills and other conventional instruments.
Therefore, for the little ones, these are the main benefits. But between us adults, the patented and scientifically proven Fotona laser technology offers other advantages beyond satisfaction and comfort: the process is minimally invasive and faster and easier to perform compared to conventional techniques.
Additionally, it uses a single high-performance instrument that can be applied in various specialties, including Pediatric Dentistry, the branch of Dentistry exclusively dedicated to the treatment of babies, children, and adolescents.
Pediatric Dentistry treatments with laser
The Fotona laser for children can be applied in almost all Pediatric Dentistry treatments, including:
Application of sealants with laser
Sealing fissures is a recommended treatment for all children to prevent the development of cavities, as sealants act as protective barriers that facilitate oral hygiene and control bacterial plaque.
Now, the great advantage of Fotona laser in preparing the tooth enamel to receive fissure sealants is to ensure a fast, safe, and painless treatment without the need for drills or anesthesia. The ideal choice for children visiting the dentist for the first time!
Removal of cavities with laser
If drills and other conventional instruments look scary and make a frightening noise for adults… imagine what they’re like for children? Well, with Fotona laser, the removal of early cavities is quick, painless, drill-free, and in most cases, doesn’t require anesthesia. And the results couldn’t be better!
The laser eliminates tooth decay while preserving the maximum amount of healthy tissue, promoting better bonding of filling materials, and sterilizing the cavity to allow for greater longevity of dental restorations. In addition, Fotona laser technologies for children get straight to the point! They only remove the infected part of the tissue, protecting the gums and avoiding damage to unaffected areas.
Ename lconditioning with acid-free laser
Tooth restoration procedures require enamel- and dentin-friendly materials and techniques to promote good adhesion and ensure the longevity of the treatment.
In this sense, the use of Fotona laser for surface conditioning before restoration not only causes no pain and avoids demineralization but also interacts well with dental tissues and leaves the cavity and fissure surfaces clean, enhancing greater bonding strength without the need for acid conditioning.
Orthodontics with Fotona laser
Therapy with Fotona laser for children at different stages of orthodontic treatments has gained prominence, and it’s not just because it’s 30% to 40% faster than conventional treatment for correcting tooth position!
It also reduces pain caused by movement, increases the rate of tooth movement due to its bio-stimulating capacity in bone repair, accelerates healing, and increases trabecular bone density formed after maxillary expansion. And in the end, it even facilitates the removal of ceramic brackets (the components of fixed braces) without causing damage to the enamel!
Treatment of cold sores with laser
The first outbreak is the worst and usually occurs in childhood! Subsequent outbreaks tend to be less severe, but cold sores are still a viral problem for life.
This benign chronic infection manifests as the formation of small blisters on the outer surface of the lips (or around the lips or nose), causing discomfort and some aesthetic embarrassment. But this is where laser technology comes in, with very favorable results and no restrictions!
Yes, Fotona laser is also used in the treatment and prevention of cold sores: reducing pain and inflammation, accelerating healing, and/or preventing the frequency and severity of cold sore outbreaks, increasing the interval between episodes for the infected child.
Dental Surgeries with Laser
Let’s be honest! The word “surgery” always causes shivers, especially when it’s used to refer to a treatment for a child. However, nowadays it’s possible to use laser technology in dental surgeries for children, and this means ensuring a less painful postoperative period compared to conventional surgery.
Main advantages of Fotona laser in oral surgery
In more complex cases that require surgical intervention, both adults and children tend to become more apprehensive and nervous. The great advantage of Fotona laser technology is that it eliminates anxiety and the feeling of “fear”… because everyone knows that with laser, there won’t be any pain! But there are other benefits! Compared to conventional oral surgery, Fotona laser for children…
- ✅ Produces better results.
- ✅ Has a shorter surgical time.
- ✅ Is painless, even without anesthesia.
- ✅ Is better accepted by children and adolescents.
- ✅ Ensures more precise incisions than a scalpel.
- ✅ Keeps the surgery area clean, avoiding bacterial infections.
- ✅ Has an analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect, significantly improving the postoperative period.
Examples of dental surgeries with laser
We will now give you two examples of dental surgeries with Fotona laser that are very common in children: frenectomy and removal of impacted teeth.
Frenectomy with laser
Lingual frenectomy or laser frenectomy allows for a simple, quick, and painless correction of a congenital oral anomaly that can occur either partially or completely, limiting mobility and interfering with oral functions in children.
A short lingual frenulum can affect sucking and swallowing functions during breastfeeding and cause speech problems, chewing difficulties, and poor oral hygiene in children, as well as dental malocclusion.
In this case, the only solution is to schedule a frenectomy, and the surgery to remove the frenulum with Fotona laser for children is precise, painless, and allows for a less painful postoperative period compared to conventional surgery with tongue suturing.
Extraction of impacted teeth with laser
Many children have impacted or retained teeth, which means that instead of erupting at the right time, they remain partially or completely enclosed within the bone. The solution? Surgical extraction or excision to prevent more serious problems in the jaw, gums, and even the adjacent teeth, especially in the case of wisdom teeth and supernumerary teeth (extra teeth not part of the normal dentition) with no function in the mouth.
In other cases where the teeth are impacted due to inadequate arch length, which leads to a lack of space for eruption, the solution involves an intervention to “assist” the teeth in erupting through traction. In both cases, the use of Fotona laser technology for children immediately after the procedure promotes analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects, reduces swelling, and enables faster healing.
This is because the laser accelerates tissue regeneration by increasing vascularization in the dental socket and facilitating tissue repair, resulting in a less painful surgery and a more comfortable postoperative period.
Learn about our treatments using Fotona Laser for Children.
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