For several years, dentists have increasingly been using lasers as a more effective means of carrying out several dental procedures. Laser dentistry allows the dentist to perform intricate dental work with less risk of damaging surrounding tissue, or causing undue discomfort to the patient.
A dentist can use laser dentistry to treat a range of dental-related issues, such as tooth decay, gum disease, teeth whitening and even removal of lesions, or to remove tissue for testing, such as in cancer biopsies. Lasers work by concentrating energy as a form of light; used in surgical or dental procedures, the light (laser) works either as a cutting tool, a vaporizer, a curing tool, or even a source of heat, depending on the type of procedure being carried out.
Procedures that are carried out using lasers can cause the patient to experience less discomfort, and so the requirements for anesthesia are lessened with some treatments even forgoing the need of an anesthetic altogether.
A dentist can use laser dentistry to treat a range of dental-related issues…
What’s more, those patients who suffer anxiety at the dentist, perhaps through a fear of needles or drills used in the various treatments may feel more comfortable with the dentist’s use of a laser instead.
Patients will also experience less bleeding during and following treatments, as the laser helps to coagulate exposed blood vessels, helping to stem the flow of any bleeding and inhibit blood loss. Also, damage to the surrounding tissues of the tooth can be minimized due to the high precision of the dental laser.
Dental laser treatments typically fall into two categories: Hard tissue treatments, and soft tissue treatments. The hard tissue treatments involve those procedures that are centred around the tooth itself, such as cavity detection, tooth decay removal and filling preparation, and to seal sensitive teeth.
Soft tissue treatments involve treatments of the gum, and include gum tissue reshaping, or to remove lesions or tumors.
Other treatments such as tooth whitening and nerve regeneration can also be tackled using laser dentistry.
Contact our skilled dental team today to find out how you can benefit from laser dentistry.