New forms of dental treatment continue to evolve making a trip to the dentist more comfortable, with treatment times reduced, and a positive outcome more likely than ever. One of those dental treatments gaining popularity is laser dentistry.
For example, with the older more traditional periodontal surgery, the dentist would have to use a scalpel to open gum tissue to get to the bony area to remove the bacteria and repair the damage resulting from gum disease. But with laser technology, the risks are fewer and the advantages are greater:
• Throughout the procedure, use of a laser allows the sealing of blood vessels immediately reducing blood loss and promoting quicker healing. Sutures may no longer be needed.
• A laser reduces procedure time.
Laser therapy is now used for many procedures like tissue biopsy, crown lengthening, root planing, cosmetic enhancements and locating/treating dental decay.
• The use of a laser minimizes the spread of bacteria as the laser kills bacteria it comes into contact with. This is not possible with more traditional methods where bacteria may be spread to otherwise unaffected areas.
• Using a laser allows for very specific repair which translates into less impact on surrounding tissue.
• Discomfort from the procedure is minimized with laser therapy as nerve endings are sealed throughout the procedure.
• Nerve regeneration is possible with laser treatment.
Laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) therapy is innovative, safe and effective. In addition to the benefits already listed, due to the varieties of lasers available to treat many dental imperfections, laser therapy is now used for many procedures like tissue biopsy, crown lengthening, root planing, cosmetic enhancements and locating/treating dental decay.
Also, because of the accuracy and effectiveness associated with laser therapy, anxious patients that have procrastinated with their dental treatment are now finding that dental procedures can be completed with reduced chair time and reduced discomfort resulting in reduced anxiety.
Laser therapy was introduced to dentistry in the 1990’s making it a relatively newer treatment option, but it is gaining popularity thanks to its many uses. From cosmetic procedures to surgery, the end result can be vastly improved when laser applications are implemented.
To learn more about the latest dentistry techniques we are using, contact our skilled and experienced dental team for more information.