Over the past several years, with the introduction of lasers in the dental office, dental technology has advanced providing treatment for periodontal disease that once seemed possible only in a futuristic movie. But laser dentistry in Dallas TX can demonstrate the advances that you may benefit from today.
There are many advantages to laser dentistry over the use of traditional instruments.
The word laser often conjures up thoughts of a blue sabre swung by a futuristic character. But reality sometimes does imitate the movies, and now lasers are widely used by dentists to treat patients. A light does emanate from the laser during dental procedures requiring the use of safety glasses. Laser is actually an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. There are several types of lasers used in dentistry, and depending on your dental procedure, your dentist will engage a laser for work on hard tissue or soft tissue.
There are many advantages to laser dentistry over the use of traditional instruments. In treating periodontal disease, the use of lasers will kill harmful bacteria during the procedure. Bacteria and residual food particles not removed during daily hygiene brushing and flossing are a major contributor to the plaque build-up that causes periodontal disease. Plaque is removed and bacteria destroyed when using a laser with the added benefit of a reduction in treatment time as well.
The use of a laser allows for the re-generation of healthy tissue over using standard hand pieces. The precision available by use of a laser allows for minimizing damage to healthy surrounding tissue, and quite often this benefit will reduce the need for anesthetic.
But possibly one of the biggest advantages is blood vessels and nerve endings are sealed as the procedure is done with a laser, meaning there may be much less residual discomfort. And with the promise of reduced discomfort, abbreviated healing time and less time in the dental chair because the procedure takes less time using a laser, this translates to much less anxiety for the patient.
There are many other procedures that are improved by the use of a laser. Reshaping gum tissue or the need to remove tissue for biopsy can be performed more efficiently. And regular, daily cleanings may also be performed using this technology. Teeth whitening, dental fillings and many other procedures are now being enhanced with the use of laser technology.
Contact the office of Dr. Philip R. Kozlow at 972-458-2464 for a consultation to see how you may benefit from this exciting new form of treatment.