Laser dentistry has changed the face of how many dental procedures are done. In years past, a scalpel was the tool of choice resulting in the loss of more tissue, more severe bleeding, longer treatment time, excessive discomfort, and extended recovery.
Dental decay was detected by x-ray, intra-oral camera, picking along the surface of the tooth, or a visual exam for obvious cavities. But in many cases, decay was not detected early enough to prevent extensive repair resulting in drilling out the decay with the potential for deep tooth loss.
Today decay can be found with the aid of laser dentistry when cavities are very small. Which means more tooth can be preserved which will help maintain tooth integrity.
There are different types of lasers based on the procedure involved. When bone needs to be breached, a hard tissue laser is used. This would be to prepare a tooth for a dental filling or to complete bone grafts.
Soft tissue procedures use a different laser for biopsy, remove infection from gums, or treatment to complete more cosmetic repair like reshaping the gums to improve your smile.
A laser can be used to expedite treatment by curing composite resin or speeding up the whitening process.
Patients that undergo treatment with lasers versus older style equipment can enjoy numerous advantages including:
- Shorter treatment time due to the precision and efficiency lasers provide.
- Less blood loss as lasers actually seal off the tissue during the procedure acting like a cauterizing tool.
- Fear of infection is diminished as lasers destroy bacteria rather than the possibility of spreading it around like standard dental tools can.
- Reduced recovery time. Procedures are less invasive with laser use.
- Your dentist may be able to eliminate the need for anesthetic with laser dentistry. And since lasers are silent, the patient may be relieved of the anxiety sometimes produced by the noise of traditional dental equipment.
Laser dentistry may sound somewhat futuristic, but the advantages are numerous. The use of lasers in dentistry is a newer development with their use getting their start in the 1990’s. But with the many advantages available with lasers, it is only a matter of time before they become as standard in the dental office as computers are now (another recent innovation) that has improved and simplified dental care in many aspects.
Contact our dedicated dental team at 972-458-2464 for more information about the benefits of lasers today.