What is Laser Dentistry?
Technological advancements in the field of dentistry have forever changed the way people clean, care for, and repair their teeth. One of the most exciting and state-of-the-art procedures available is laser dentistry. But before you sign up for an appointment, here are a few things you should know about the procedure.
What is it?
The use of small, concentrated beams of light to either remove or shape tissue.
How can it be used?
Lasers can be used for a variety of different procedures, including but not limited to:
- Performing biopsy procedures
- Removing or reshaping bone and gum tissue during crown lengthenings
- Treating root canal infections
- Speeding up the tooth whitening process
- Removing overgrown tissues, often caused by certain medications
- Shaping and removing gum tissue during impressions for crowns
- Removing muscle attachments that are limiting movement
- Fully exposing partially grown wisdom teeth
- Reducing discomfort of cold and canker sores
What are the benefits?
Compared to traditional surgical methods, laser dentistry is far less invasive and disruptive to the delicate tissue of your mouth. It can also speed the healing and recovery time of various soft tissue procedures, particularly gum surgeries, as lasers decrease bleeding and pain by cauterizing as they cut.
Lasers are also useful for working with hard tissue treatments. When used alongside water, they are strong enough to replicate the use of a drill but can do so without the whirring sound or heat from friction.
Many teeth bleaching systems are enhanced with laser light. These lasers can help activate deep-penetrating whitening agents in your teeth, illuminating your smile in a way that can never be accomplished with over the counter whitening kits.
Lasers also have diagnostic benefits. They can be used to detect cavities and even trace amounts of tooth decay. Dental care providers can also bounce a soft light off the surfaces of your teeth in order to study the strength and structure of each individual tooth.
Are they safe?
Used in accordance with accepted dental care practices, lasers are just as safe as any other dental instrument. The only big difference you’ll notice is that you’ll be asked to wear special eyeglasses during procedures to protect your eyes.
Dental lasers are still a relatively new invention and one that is constantly upgrading and changing. If you think you may be a candidate for laser dentistry, schedule an appointment with your dental care provider. And if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Pro Health Dental.