Laser dentistry is precise and effective way to perform many dental procedures. The potential for laser dentistry to improve dental procedures rests in the dentist’s skills, knowledge and ability to control power output and the duration of exposure on the tissue (gum or tooth structure), allowing for treatment of a highly specific area of focus without damaging surrounding tissues.
If you consider yourself somewhat of an anxious dental patient and seek extreme safety and comfort, you might consider looking for dentists who have incorporated laser dentistry techniques into their practices and treatments. It is estimated that 6 percent of general dentists own a laser for soft-tissue applications and that number is expected to increase over time.
- Virtually Painless, More Natural Dentistry – Heat, vibration and pressure are the primary causes of pain associated with the use of the traditional dental drill. Since cutting both hard and soft tissues (teeth and gums) with laser does not generate heat, vibration or pressure, many dental procedures can be performed nearly pain-free with fewer shots, less need for anesthesia, less use of the drill and fewer numb lips! Additionally, using laser for gum procedures reduces bleeding, post-operative pain, swelling and the need for pain medication in many cases. It’s just a better way to get your dentistry done!
- Accuracy & Precision – Dentists who use lasers are able to remove tooth enamel decay (the hardest substance in the body), bone and gum tissue precisely while leaving surrounding areas unaffected. This conserves more of the precious tooth structure you were born with, thereby helping you to maintain your natural teeth longer!
- Reduced Trauma – Lasers are very precise and the action is controlled better than conventional methods. Additionally, the inherent properties of the laser light makes the healing process to happen faster because of cellular level activity getting charged up.
- Less Bleeding & Swelling – Due to its conservative cutting action, laser performs many soft tissue (gum) procedures with little or no bleeding and less post-op swelling.
- Fewer Dental Visits – Since you often do not need anesthesia, a laser employing dentist can perform cavity preps in all areas of the mouth in just one visit. This technology also gives trained dentists the ability to perform many procedures that were previously referred to specialists, saving you time and hassle as you address the dental needs of you and your family.
Application of Laser Dentistry
The application of lasers in dentistry opens the door for dentists to perform a wide variety of dental procedures they otherwise may not be capable of performing. Dentists using lasers in dentistry have become adept at incorporating the state-of-the-art precision technology into a number of common and not-so-common procedures.
- Cavity Detector
- Dental Fillings/Tooth Preparation
- Tooth Sensitivity
- Crown Lengthening
- Gummy Smile
- Muscle Attachment (Frenula)
- Soft Tissue Folds (Epulis)
- Viewing Tooth and Gum Tissues for fine cracks and fine damages.
- Benign Tumors
- Cold Sores
- Nerve Regeneration
- Sleep Apnea
- Teeth Whitening
- Temporomandibular Joint Treatment
Lasers represent an innovative and more precise technology for specific hard and soft tissue applications. If you choose a laser dentist, you may find that you feel more comfortable and experience less anxiety during your treatments.