Aesthetic & Comprehensive Dentistry
When it comes to your dental treatment, you deserve the very best. One innovation that is revolutionizing the proceduresused and changing the face of dentistry is the use of laser technology.
Lasers have been used in many different areas of medicine, including dentistry, for several decades now, but laser therapy is now more widely available and affordable than ever before.
Laser technology works by delivering a beam of light-based energy that is specifically tailored for dental procedures and oral surgeries. There are two different types of laser technology currently being used in dentistry in the United States. These are:
- Lasers designed to make incisions, replacing the used of hand-operated tools such as scalpels and blades. These are known as hard tissue lasers.
- Lasers designed to destroy areas of soft tissue, such as regions of decay or infected tissues. These are known as soft tissue lasers.
It is not uncommon for patients who opt for laser dentistry to require the use of both types of laser during their procedure.
Some of the dental procedures where lasers technology is currently being successfully used include:
- Preparing a tooth for a cavity filling
- Reshaping soft tissues such as gum contouring and treating periodontal disease
- Root canal therapy
- Whitening the teeth so that patients can enjoy a brighter and more attractive smile
- Making incisions such as are required for extraction
- Tumor removal
- TMJ treatment
- Dental implant surgery
- Performing oral biopsies
Many patients who have not yet experienced the benefits of laser therapy wonder exactly what benefits this modern solution can offer them. The answer is plenty, which is one of the reasons why an increasing number of patients are now turning to laser dentistry for all their dental needs.
Some of the most commonly cited advantages of laser therapy include:
Performing any type of surgical act by hand always carries some degree of risk. A slight shake or slip could see an incision placed correctly, or a nick in the soft tissue where there shouldn’t be one. However, since lasers are pre-programmed ahead of surgery, they can perform the same task with unrivalled accuracy and precision. This can significantly reduce the risk of complications.
When it comes to closing wounds, laser technology can now be used to replace sutures which will help minimize scarring and suture-related complications. The sterility of lasers will also reduce the likelihood of an infection in the wound.
Interference with neighboring teeth and soft tissues is virtually unavoidable when you perform dental procedures by hand. However, since a laser is smaller and can be trained in a precise location, this minimizes the effect that the treatment has on surrounding teeth and soft tissues.
Since laser technology is less invasive than those procedures performed by hand, the recovery time is usually notably shorter since your body is able to heal much more quickly. Patients need less time away from work or their usual day-to-day activities, experience less post-surgical pain and fewer risks of complications.
If you would like to know more about the benefits of laser therapy in dentistry, our expert dental team are on hand to help. Please drop into our clinic or contact us to schedule your consultation.