Lasers have revolutionized medical treatments. In fact, lasers have many applications in all types of medical specialties and can improve the precision of treatment while reducing invasiveness. Laser dentistry is quickly becoming more and more popular when it comes to removing diseased hard and soft tissues. There are two types of lasers used in dentistry: hard tissue and soft tissue lasers. Hard tissue lasers are used for mineralized tissue like teeth and bone. Our dentist uses a hard tissue laser to detect decay, prepare a tooth for a filling, and seal the tubules of a sensitive tooth.
Detecting Tooth Decay
A laser beams a concentration of light. This can be used to measure the density of a tooth to find if decay is present. A low intensity laser can provide accurate readings of the depth of a cavity. This allows our team to detect dental caries early on so that treatment is more conservative.
When a tooth is damaged by cavities or an injury, a restoration is required because a tooth cannot heal on its own. If a restoration such as a filling or crown were needed, a dentist would traditionally use a drill to prepare the tooth for the restoration. With a laser, however, a drill is not needed. Using high concentration, the laser removes damaged material from a tooth precisely and comfortably. Since laser dentistry is precise, less tooth reduction is required and allows patients to keep as much tooth structure as possible.
Laser Dentistry and Tooth Sensitivity
Many patients suffer with discomfort due to teeth being sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. Tooth sensitivity can be caused by weak tooth enamel where dentin is exposed. Dentin is softer than tooth enamel and is comprised of many microscopic tubules that are porous and connect to the nerves inside the tooth. This is why patients experience discomfort when exposed to cold and hot foods and drinks. To reduce discomfort, a hard tissue laser can be used to seal the tubules in a tooth.
Our team is proud to offer the latest technology for treating oral health conditions. To schedule an appointment, contact the office of Dr. Philip Kozlow at 972-458-2464.