Laser dentistry is one of the newest developments in the dental field.
Lasers present a range of benefits for both dentists and patients, which is why these tools are now in use in dental clinics all over the world.
If you consider yourself somewhat of an anxious dental patient and are seeking extreme safety and comfort, you might consider looking for dentists who have incorporated laser dentistry techniques into their practices and treatments.
Some of the major advantages of laser dentistry include:
-Wounds heal faster and tissues can be regenerated
-Decreased pain sensitivity
-Bacterial infections are minimized because the high-energy beam sterilizes the area being worked on.
-Laser dentistry minimizes bleeding because the high-energy light beam aids in the clotting (coagulation) of exposed blood vessels, thus inhibiting blood loss.
-Decreases surgical time and complications
-Damage to surrounding tissue is minimized.
-Certain laser dentistry procedures do not require anesthesia.
-Procedures performed using soft tissue dental lasers may not require sutures (stitches).
Applications of Laser in Dentistry:
SOFT TISSUE LASER
1.Crown Lengthening: Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue (soft tissue laser) and bone (hard tissue laser) to expose healthier tooth structure. Referred to as crown lengthening, such reshaping provides a stronger foundation for the placement of restorations.
2.Gummy Smile: Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue to expose healthy tooth structure and improve the appearance of a gummy smile.
3.Muscle Attachment (Frenula): A laser frenectomy is an ideal treatment option for children who are tongue tied (restricted or tight frenulum) and babies unable to breast feed adequately due to limited tongue movement. A laser frenectomy may also help to eliminate speech impediments.
4.Soft Tissue Folds (Epulis): Dental lasers may be used for the painless and suture-free removal of soft tissue folds often caused by ill-fitting dentures.
5.Benign Tumors: Dental lasers may be used for the painless and suture-free removal of benign tumors from the gums, palate, sides of cheeks and lips.
6.Cold Sores: Low intensity dental lasers reduce pain associated with cold sores and minimize healing time.
7.Nerve Regeneration: Photobiomodulation can be used to regenerate damaged nerves, blood vessels and scars.
8.Teeth Whitening: Low intensity soft tissue dental lasers may be used to speed up the bleaching process associated with teeth whitening.
9.Cavity Detector: Low intensity soft tissue dental lasers may be used for the early detection of cavities by providing a reading of the by-products produced by tooth decay.
HARD TISSUE LASER
1.Dental Fillings/Tooth Preparation: Hard tissue dental lasers may eliminate the need for a local anesthetic injection and the traditional turbine dental drill. Lasers used in dental filling procedures are capable of killing bacteria located in a cavity, potentially leading to improved long term tooth restorations. However, dental lasers are not appropriate for the replacement of amalgam fillings, onlays or crowns.
2.Tooth Sensitivity: Dental lasers may be used to seal tubules (located on the root of the tooth) that are responsible for hot and cold tooth sensitivity.