Aesthetic & Comprehensive Dentistry
Laser technology is arguably one of the greatest innovations to come out of the last century, and today, lasers are used in many different ways, including to treat a wide range of different oral health conditions.
Lasers are far more than super-powerful flashlights. The light emitted by lasers used in dentistry deliver energy that is capable of doing many things. For example, lasers can cut through things, essentially replacing blades. They can also vaporize soft tissue, eradicating bacteria, or act as a heat source for procedures such as teeth whitening that require temperature to activate ingredients.
Many patients are often surprised to learn the extensive list of cosmetic and functional dental treatments that laser technology can be used for, which include:
- Removing tooth decay and preparing teeth for a cavity filling
- Gum contouring
- Crown lengthening
- Teeth whitening
- Addressing gum disease/periodontitis
- Removing disease and bacteria in root canal infections
- Removal of oral lesions
- Biopsies of oral soft tissue
- TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) therapy
- Dental implant surgery
The unique benefits offered by utilizing laser technology mean that an increasing number of dentists, and patients, are opting for laser-based procedures over conventional methods wherever possible.
The minimally-invasive and precision nature of the technique are two of the most commonly cited reasons for choosing laser dentistry. Traditionally, dentists have used hand-held sharp instruments to perform various treatments. Lasers replace the use of these tools and can be programmed in advance, reducing the risk of human error and slips/accidents, and subsequent consequences. Laser dentistry is also considerably less painful and much quieter, making it particularly good for anxious/nervous patients.
Other advantages linked with the use of laser dentistry include:
- Less damage to surrounding soft tissue inside the mouth.
- Minimal bleeding. This is because the laser encourages the blood to clot quickly.
- Less risk of a bacterial infection developing after the procedure as the laser helps to sterilize the area where the procedure is taking place.
- No need for sutures.
- Many procedures that would traditionally require the patient to have anesthetic may be performed without one.
- Faster healing time since the soft tissues of the mouth are able to regenerate more quickly.
The FDA has given its approval to the use of lasers in dentistry. All dentists who offer laser dentistry agree that the benefits associated with the use of laser technology almost always outweigh any risk. Nevertheless, you will need to attend a comprehensive consultation appointment where our dentist will assess your suitability for the procedure, including whether you are the right candidate for laser dentistry.
The exact risks associated with the use of laser technology will depend on the treatment you are having and your personal circumstances. However, these will be discussed in detail with you during your consultation.
If you would like more information on the use of laser technology in dentistry, our experienced and knowledgeable dental team would be delighted to assist you. Please do not hesitate to contact our offices with your query.