Laser dentistry involves the use of a very narrow, intense beam of light energy. When the laser light comes into contact with the tissue, it causes a reaction that allows the laser to remove, vaporize or shape tissue. Laser dentistry has been used since 1990 and is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administrations, proving that lasers can be used as a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of dental procedures. Dentists using lasers in dentistry have become adept at incorporation the state-of-the-art precision technology into a number of procedures, advancing options for treatment.
Laser dentistry can be used in an array of treatments to gain maximum accuracy and efficiency. Lasers can be used for hard tissue in order to remove the need for any anesthetics, making an appropriate replacement for the conventional dental drill. This laser is also able to eradicate any bacteria that are located within a cavity, which can often help with care for any dental restorations.
Additionally, by using low intensity lasers, your dentist has the ability to detect any cavities well in advance. Other procedures treated with laser dentistry include, but are not limited to:
- Crown lengthening
- Dental fillings/tooth preparation
- Teeth whitening
- Gummy smiles
- Sensitivity elimination
- Cold sores
There are several advantages of using laser dentistry for treatment. Dentists may not need to use a drill or administer anesthesia, allowing you to enjoy a more relaxed dental experience. Laser procedures can also be more precise, reducing symptoms and healing times associated with traditional therapies. In addition lasers can reduce the amount of bacteria in both diseased gum tissue and in tooth cavities, as well as controlling bleeding during surgery.
Lasers are an innovative and more precise technology for specific hard and soft tissue applications. If you experience anxiety at the thought of dental treatments, laser dentistry could be the solution to minimizing and eliminating your anxiety.