The use of lasers in a dental application is becoming more widely accepted and implemented by more dental offices each day. The reason is very simple … laser dentistry allows our dental providers to be more accurate and proficient while providing a safer, more comfortable procedure for patients.
Lasers allow for less tooth structure to be removed with the added benefit of destroying bacteria in the cavity.
Lasers have been developed for use with hard tissue (tooth and bone); soft tissue (gum tissue and the soft tissue areas in the mouth); and for diagnostic purposes (decay detection). Laser is actually an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, and the procedure will dictate which type of laser is needed.
Hard tissue: Your dentist can use exact precision when preparing a tooth to be filled. Lasers allow for less tooth structure to be removed with the added benefit of destroying bacteria in the cavity.
Soft tissue: Laser dentistry is gaining popularity in the treatment of periodontal disease and procedures such as crown lengthening, osseous surgery and similar issues that involve gum tissue.
What makes using laser technology so advantageous over traditional methods?
- Laser precision reduces impact on surrounding tissue during many dental procedures.
- There is less blood loss due to clotting advantages with laser usage.
- Faster healing time is allowed because many procedures become much less invasive thanks to laser precision.
- Because lasers destroy bacteria on contact, there is much less risk of infection.
Dental offices employ the use of laser technology for other purposes as well:
Teeth Whitening: Lasers are used to enhance the whitening effects of in-office dental whitening.
Surgical Applications: Low intensity lasers can be used to remove benign tumors from soft tissue areas. There are many different types of surgery from cosmetic to alter a “gummy smile” to the more serious issues that allow for repair of tongue restrictions and relief from excess tissue surrounding ill-fitting dental appliances.
Anxious Patients: For many patients, introducing lasers into treatment has provided an avenue for patients that fear needles (many procedures no longer require anesthetic). Down time and discomfort are reduced while safety and patient concerns remain at the forefront.
To learn more about laser dentistry in Dallas TX, contact the office of Dr. Philip R. Kozlow at 972-458-2464 today.