Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry has revolutionized dental practices, offering precise and less painful treatments compared to traditional methods. By using intense beams of light, dental lasers provide various benefits and can be used for soft tissue shaping and removal.

Since the FDA approved laser dentistry for public use in 1990, many dentists have adopted this technology, resulting in reduced bleeding, anxiety, and post-treatment recovery times. Dental lasers minimize damage to surrounding tissues, leading to less discomfort and pain.

Here are some key advantages of laser dentistry:

  1. Faster healing and tissue regeneration.
  2. Preservation of more natural tooth structure.
  3. Reduced bleeding during and after treatment.
  4. Decreased need for anesthesia.
  5. Minimized use of stitches and sutures.
  6. Lower risk of bacterial infections following procedures.

By embracing laser dentistry, dental professionals strive to enhance patient comfort, optimize treatment outcomes, and promote faster recovery.

How can laser dentistry help me?

Laser dentistry has become increasingly versatile and is now utilized in various common dental procedures. While commonly associated with cosmetic treatments, dental lasers are equally effective for preventive purposes.

Here are some key applications of dental lasers:

  1. Tooth preparation: Dental lasers eliminate the need for drilling and anesthesia when preparing teeth for fillings. They also effectively eliminate oral bacteria around the surgical site.
  2. Soft tissue reshaping: Lasers can dissolve soft tissue to expose more of the natural tooth (crown lengthening), improve the appearance of "gummy smiles," and remove uncomfortable tissue folds caused by denture wear.
  3. Frenectomy: Lasers are used to improve speech and feeding habits by releasing tongue ties in babies, children, and adults.
  4. Tumor removal: Dental lasers painlessly remove benign tumors from soft tissue areas of the mouth.
  5. Whitening: Laser-assisted tooth whitening accelerates the bleaching process by enhancing the activity of the bleaching solution.
  6. Biopsy: Lasers offer precise and immediate soft tissue biopsy procedures, aiding in the evaluation of suspicious areas.

By incorporating laser dentistry, dental professionals can provide more efficient and comfortable treatments, promoting oral health and enhancing the patient experience.

How are laser procedures performed?

Different dental conditions require different types of dental lasers, each utilizing a specific wavelength of light for optimal effectiveness. The two most common types are carbon dioxide lasers and diode lasers, which are primarily used for treating soft tissue issues. After conducting X-rays and a thorough examination, the dentist will determine the most suitable laser for the treatment.

To ensure safety, special protective glasses are provided to shield the eyes from the intense laser beam. The dentist will then direct the laser beam to the targeted area, gently dissolving soft tissue, hardening fillings, or performing teeth whitening.

Compared to conventional methods, laser dentistry offers several advantages, including shorter procedure times, reduced anxiety, and minimal discomfort. However, it's important to note that the main drawback is the potential for higher costs associated with laser treatments.

If you have questions or concerns about laser dentistry, please ask your dentist.

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