Laser Dentistry Guide
What is laser dentistry?
Laser dentistry uses a laser (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) to deliver energy in a narrow, intense beam of light. This light causes a reaction when coming into contact with tissue, particularly the gum or tooth structure. In the dental world, lasers can cut and vaporize tissue, as well as strengthen the bond between a filling and a tooth.
By controlling power output and the duration of laser exposure on tissue, laser dentistry allows for treatment of a specific area without damaging any of the surrounding tissue. Approximately 6% of dentists own a laser for soft tissue applications.
What can laser dentistry treat?
Dental lasers are FDA-approved and have been used in dentistry since 1994 to treat several dental problems, from tooth whitening to biopsy removal.
- Sterilize and disinfect the root system during root canal procedures
- Remove inflamed gum tissues and treat gum disease
- Resolve tooth decay without the noise and vibration of a traditional drill
- Remove tissue for biopsies
- Remove muscle attachments limiting tongue movement
- Reduce the discomfort of cold sores
What are the benefits of laser dentistry?
Many people experience discomfort or anxiety just thinking about scheduling a dental checkup. Laser dentistry can nix the drilling process, promising patients more safety and comfort than traditional dental methods.
In addition to reduced stress, lasers used in laser dentistry employ high energy light that sterilizes the targeted area and aids in blood clotting, which helps to minimize bleeding, inhibit blood loss, and diminish the chances of bacterial infections. Procedures performed with soft tissue dental lasers are also less likely to require stitches and anesthesia. They also help wounds heal quickly and aid in tissue regeneration.
Am I a good candidate for laser dentistry?
Although dental lasers can be an incredibly helpful dental tool, it isn’t appropriate for every person and procedure. Call Dr. Dondo Dental Excellence to find out whether or not you’re a good candidate and find relief from your dental troubles today.
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