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Laser Dentistry

Don’t like needles or drills? Laser Dentistry provides safe, comfortable and effective treatment.


Don’t like needles or drills?

Waterlase is a safe and gentle alternative to traditional dental equipment.
Using the laser and water spray we can perform many procedures without the need for an injection or a drill, which will come as a big relief to many anxious patients.
The laser light beam sterilises the area that is being worked on and cauterises the soft tissue as it goes, meaning little to no bleeding, minimal pain, rapid healing and low risk of infection.

Smiling couple

Cutting edge dentistry with less discomfort

If you have dental phobia and dread the thought of drills and injections, laser dentistry could be the perfect option for you to get the treatment you need, hopefully resulting in a less anxious experience. However, injections may still be necessary depending on your individual needs.


Gummy smile & gum contouring

Many people feel embarrassed to smile due to an uneven gum line and don’t realise that there is a treatment available. Using the laser we can gently create a perfectly sculpted gum line to complement your teeth.
Gum contouring can be performed in one appointment and is a reliable method of enhancing your smile. Contact us today to find out more about laser dentistry or schedule a consultation.

Smiling dental patient in chair

Gum disease & Peri-implantitis

We also use the laser to treat gum disease (periodontal disease) by removing debris and bacteria that cause gum disease and can even stimulate new tissue growth.
Lasers can also clean around infected dental implants (peri-implantitis). This has been shown to be effective in managing this complex condition.


Treatment of TMJ related symptoms

TMJ disorder is an extremely painful condition. It affects the jaws and the surrounding muscles. The most common symptoms include:

  • Popping or clicking in the jaw
  • Limited jaw motion or locked jaw
  • Jaw pain
  • Face pain
  • Headaches
  • Tooth wear or damage
  • Neck, shoulder and back pain

TMJ can be treated by restoring proper alignment to your jaw and anti-inflammatory medications fail to do that. We can use a laser in a non-invasive way to help patients to feel better, getting deep into the temporomandibular joint as well as the surrounding joints. Thus reducing the inflammation of the tissues, providing quick relief but also promoting tissue healing by stimulating the production of red blood cells.

Dental hygienist services in Cardiff
Cosmetic Dentistry in Cardiff at Holmes Dental Care

What else can lasers do to help you?

  • Removal of tartar
  • Orthodontic bracket removal
  • Crown lengthening for better hygiene and comfort
  • Disinfect root canals during root canal treatment
  • Help with the relief of cold sores, ulcers and treatment of painful jaw joints
  • Carry out minimally invasive, less traumatic hard and soft tissue surgery
  • Removal of decayed, infected or compromised teeth

Enjoy the advantages of laser dentistry at Holmes Dental Care

Our dentists and hygienists can help you preserve and improve your smile with laser dentistry. Contact us today to find out more about laser dentistry or schedule a consultation.

Cosmetic Dentistry available at Holmes Dental Care


What is a dental laser?

A dental laser generates a very specific beam of concentrated light. This beam of light can remove areas of gum infection or tooth decay and artistically sculpt your gums with great precision and accuracy. The laser beam sterilises the affected area and seals off blood vessels, which minimizes the chance of infection or bleeding. Which means patients are much more comfortable both during and after treatment. In many instances, the need for anaesthetic injections is reduced and in some instances eliminated, as well as the associated side effects such as numbness.

Are lasers new to dentistry?

Dental lasers have been used experimentally on the teeth and gums in the 1960s and have long been the standard of care in medicine for many surgical and cosmetic procedures such as wrinkle removal, hair removal and many others. Our laser has been approved for hard and soft tissue procedures and Holmes Dental Care is one of the few dentists to have the technology available for patients.

How does laser dentistry reduce and eliminate pain?

Heat and vibration are the causes of most of the pain associated with the dental drill. Laser dentistry combines laser energy with air-waterspray to perform a wide variety of dental procedures more comfortably. As a result we are able to replace the drill in many instances. This makes laser dentistry more comfortable and definitely the right choice for anxious patients.

What types of procedures can dental laser do?

There are many applications including:

  • Non-surgical gum therapy
  • Periodontal (gum) treatment
  • Smile design
  • Removing dental decay and old composite fillings
  • Sterilising infected root canals
  • Bone shaping and crown lengthening
  • Assisting oral surgery (often for removing teeth or placing implants)

When first put forward, the notion of having an implant, I was reluctant as there were no decent alternatives and the best solution to the problem that I had. Dr Holmes and his staff were excellent and we spent some time going through the treatments. Now, some months later, the implant feels as if it’s been part of my mouth. It is so comfortable. It’s part of me. Thank you.

JP, had implants

To Barry & all of the wonderful staff, I have had the most wonderful experience here.

The staff are extremely professional, supportive and immediately put you at ease. They were informative and helpful at every step of my treatment. I would highly recommend this surgery to anybody wishing to make some ‘life changes’.

I am a changed woman! For 36 years, I have been so paranoid about my smile and was always conscious when having photos taken. I now feel so much more confident and not conscious about my smile at all. I don’t think I have ever smiled so much! I am so so happy. I will be forever grateful to you all. I’m going to miss my little visits here!

Thank you! Thank you a million times over.

CD, had Inman Aligner & clear aligners

The professionalism of treatment and care is impeccable. The 6 month smile is highly recommended with incredible finished results accompanied by perfect finishing touches. Barry and the entire staff team have been a pleasure to visit every fortnight. My teeth are beyond what I ever expected.

NH, had Six Month Smiles braces
Michael Meredith
Michael Meredith
9 February 2024
Kind and courtious staff, Mr Homes explained things clearly and answered all questions fully.
Sheree Coles
Sheree Coles
4 February 2024
I had a tooth that needed extracting, but my NHS dentist was unable to offer a replacement. I did not want a gap, so asked to be referred to Holmes Dental Care for advice . Barry explained some options and I chose to have an implant. He explained it would be a complex extraction and may require a bone graft - I felt completely happy with my treatment plan as it had been thoroughly explained to me. My treatment required several clinical interventions, and I felt completely supported by Barry and his team, the entire time. I have now had my implant and am absolutely delighted with it. In fact, I have joined the practice and look forward to continuing to receive the expert care they offer
Marianne Pettifor
Marianne Pettifor
16 January 2024
I cant believe I now visit the Dentist without any fear after years of being terrified of dental visits. No pain, no fear and very creative amd clever dentistry. Thank you Barry Holmes for your amazing support. Marianne Pettifor
Ian Mitchelmore
Ian Mitchelmore
8 January 2024
Excellent service throughout the treatment process. Staff were incredibly welcoming, friendly and informative.
Joanne Everett
Joanne Everett
3 January 2024
This was my first appointment, but I was made to feel comfortable and welcome. The waiting area is especially good if you're nervous of going to the dentist because it felt more like a lounge than a clinical waiting area. I trusted the staff and the greeting by reception was really nice too
Flo Sava
Flo Sava
12 December 2023
Had a brilliant experience with the Teams at Holmes Dental Care. They were incredibly attentive, helpful and kept me up to date and informed throughout the entire process, a process that meant bone graft, bridge, tooth implant and everything in between. From Reception, Cleaning and Doctors all Teams are professional, yet friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend them.
Clive Morris
Clive Morris
7 December 2023
Well what can I say this team are bloody brilliant not only are they good fun but they seem to know exactly what they are doing, from the moment I attempted to eat a bidet to the moment I became a male model with women flocking after me in their droves 😁🥸😎 maybe a slight expansion of the truth there but it is cracking not having to smirk instead of a good old laugh. Any time the Holmes team need a reference I will be there like a shot. All the best and hope you and the team grow and grow and grow. Ps Barry I can’t remember did you say it would be £20 or £25 for a good review See you in Jan for check up Oh and can you tell the hygienist I am now showering every month 😂😂. See ya team
Samantha Ponchaud
Samantha Ponchaud
7 December 2023
Since moving to Whitchurch I had to find myself a new dental practise, a friend of mine in the area recommended me to Holmes dental care. And what a little gem the practice is, not only is it 10 min walk from my home, it’s been by far the best dentist I’ve been too . Dc Barry Holmes is very professional and knowledgeable man in his field giving me the best advice and outcome, and also very gentle when it comes to needles, something a few dentist in the past haven’t been! The whole team in there are very friendly, definitely a pleasurable experience, what a lovely practise in the heart of a lovely village. Thank you Holmes dental team.
stuart jones
stuart jones
7 December 2023
I’ve recently had some dental implants fitted with Barry and can’t recommend him highly enough. The whole team were very friendly and very professional and Barry’s workmanship was first class at all stages
Beverley Haincock
Beverley Haincock
7 December 2023
Excellent care and treatment. Extremely patient to one who has a slight phobia of the dentist. Cannot rate them highly enough. Barry is both kind and understanding and takes all the time it needs to make sure any questions one may have are answered fully.

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