Laser Dentistry

Joseph S Kim, DDS -  - General Dentist

Joseph S Kim, DDS

General Dentist & Family Dentist located in Seabright, Santa Cruz, CA & Mission District, San Francisco, CA

Thanks to advances in dental technology, it’s possible to address a wide variety of oral health problems, including cavities and gum disease, with laser dentistry. Joseph S. Kim, DDS, has locations in Santa Cruz, Mission District San Francisco, and Fremont, California, and offers laser dentistry to patients of all ages. To learn more about this state-of-the-art treatment methodology, call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool today.

Laser Dentistry Q & A

Laser dentistry is a type of oral health care that uses lasers and laser technology to treat a number of different dental conditions. Compared to traditional dental procedures, laser dentistry is much less painful and provides quicker recovery times. 

During laser dentistry, Dr. Kim uses a handheld tool that emits a very focused, narrow laser beam. When the laser light hits the structures in your mouth, it causes a reaction, allowing Dr. Kim to remove or shape the affected tissue. 

Dr. Kim uses laser dentistry for an array of issues, including: 

  • Gum disease
  • Teeth whitening
  • Tooth decay
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Reducing pocket depth after cleaning
  • Frenulectomy

Additionally, laser dentistry is safe and FDA-approved. If you need to undergo oral surgery, but don’t want to worry about a lengthy recovery period or side effects, laser dentistry is worth looking into.

What types of laser dentistry do you offer?

Dr. Kim offers a full suite of laser dentistry treatments, including:

Diode soft tissue laser

If you have gum disease, Dr. Kim might recommend treatment with the diode soft tissue laser. The diode’s laser spectra allow for the vaporization of contaminated tissue and the decontamination of even the deepest gum pockets. This allows your body’s immune system to concentrate on healing while minimizing pain associated with the recovery process. 


Biolase is the world’s leading innovator in dental lasers. Dr. Kim regularly uses the Biolase treatment system to detect cavities, prepare dental fillings, treat tooth sensitivity, and to perform crown lengthening. Biolase also has a soft tissue laser designed for periodontal surgery and teeth whitening. Thanks to the system’s unique design, Biolase minimizes bleeding and encourages a quick, pain-free recovery. 

Epic Dentistry

Epic Dentistry is a state-of-the-art dental treatment that combines focused light and thermal energy to achieve a highly precise and exceptionally gentle dental experience. 

Epic Dentistry provides a wide variety of benefits, including: 

  • Faster healing and recovery times
  • Less trauma to your teeth and gums
  • Less anesthesia
  • Less postoperative discomfort

In addition, Epic Dentistry is comfortable and pain-free, allowing you to receive the dental care you desperately need, but without any uncomfortable side effects. 

Outside of treating and reshaping your gums and soft tissue, Dr. Kim also offers Epic Laser Whitening. Epic Laser Whitening is a safe and effective cosmetic dentistry procedure that can dramatically whiten and brighten your teeth in just 20 minutes. 

DIAGNOdent™ Pen

Did you know that cavities reflect laser light? It’s true. The DIAGNOdent™ Pen is a cutting-edge laser tool that helps Dr. Kim find cavities in the pits and grooves of your teeth quickly and effectively. Thanks to this invention, Dr. Kim no longer uses a pointy cavity explorer. The DIAGNOdent Pen is both accurate and pain-free. 

What are the benefits of laser dentistry?

Compared to traditional dental treatments and oral surgeries, laser dentistry presents an array of benefits. First, laser dentistry doesn’t require any stitches or sutures. Second, laser dentistry presents a lower risk of infection. During treatment, the laser sterilizes your gums and teeth, preventing the rise of bad bacteria. Third, laser dentistry presents less damage to the surrounding tissues in your mouth. As a result, there’s less pain and swelling, and your mouth heals more quickly. 

Am I a candidate for laser dentistry?

To determine if you’re a candidate for laser dentistry, make an appointment with Dr. Kim. Following an oral exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your goals for treatment, Dr. Kim can formulate a treatment plan that aligns with your individual needs. 

Request your laser dentistry appointment at Joseph S. Kim, DDS, by calling the office nearest you or by clicking the online booking tool.