Aesthetic & Comprehensive Dentistry
Laser technology has transformed the way in which many medical procedures are performed, now including those that are needed in both general and cosmetic dentistry. Today, lasers are now gaining much wider acceptance as a tool for safe and effective treatments and an increasing number of patients are enquiring as to whether laser options are available to address their dental health concerns.
Lasers have been used in dental procedures since the mid 1990’s, and the number of treatments being undertaken using them has grown fairly steadily since that time.
All lasers work by delivering energy in the form of a beam of light. There are a range of laser types currently in use across the various industries in the world, but only two categories active in dentistry. These are:
- Hard tissue lasers. These are used to make incisions, such as those required for making gum flaps so that dental implant posts can be inserted. Hard tissue lasers are used in place of conventional hand-cutting instruments such as scalpels.
- Soft tissue lasers. This type of laser is used to destroy areas of soft tissue that may be infected or damaged in some way.
In many cases, a single procedure may require both types of laser to be used at different times.
So, why is using lasers to perform dental procedures so much better than conventional methods? There are a variety of benefits to utilizing laser technology for our dental procedure. These include:
Superior precision. Since the procedure is not being performed by hand there is much less chance of human error. This can make the entire process much safer and improve the outcome of your treatment.
Reduce risk of infection. Lasers have the ability to sterilize the areas that are being worked on, and this reduces the likelihood of you suffering from a post-operative infection. In many instances, lasers can also close wounds without the need for stitches.
Less interference with neighboring teeth/soft tissue. The improved accuracy and precision with which dental treatments performed by laser can be carried out mean that your surgeon is less likely to come into contact with surrounding teeth and soft tissues. Again, this lowers the risk of post-treatment complications.
Faster, more straightforward recovery. One of the biggest benefits of any procedure performed with laser technology is an expedited recovery time. Since the process is less invasive than using traditional tools, your body is able to heal much more quickly, enabling you to get back to your usual activities much sooner.
Laser dentistry can be used across multiple disciplines of dentistry. These include:
- Cosmetic dental treatments such as teeth whitening, gum contouring and crown lengthening.
- Cavity fillings
- Root canal therapy
- Treatments for periodontal disease, such as scaling and root planing
- Treatment for the TMJ (Temporomandibular joint)
- Dental implant surgery
- Soft tissue biopsies
If you are interested in finding out more about laser dentistry and what benefits it can offer you as a patient, please contact our knowledgeable and experienced dental team.