One of the significant advancements in the history of dentistry is laser dentistry, in which lasers are used to treat dental problems. Laser dentistry acts as a very comfortable treatment option in several dental procedures that involve hard or soft Tissue.
The abbreviation of LASER is “light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation.” This instrument forms a focused and narrow beam of light energy that reacts when it hits the Tissue, letting it remove or shape the Tissue. Dental lasers are a safe and effective treatment option for a wide range of dental issues. Lasers can be used to correct many common dental problems, including tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and more.
What Are the Procedures That Can be Performed by Using Dental Laser?
A range of laser treatments can be applied to gum tissue, that include procedures like:
- Instead of having a common surgical procedure, Laser-Assisted Tissue, and Bone Regeneration can assist procedure for the treatment of periodontitis or gum disease.
- Sleep Apnea Night Lase is a fast and companionable solution to snoring and sleep apnea in a non-invasive way.
- Smooth-Lase is a non-ablative laser that helps in reducing wrinkles and lines around the mouth.
The use of lasers in dentistry has greatly advanced over the last few decades, and today they are used for everything from diagnosis to removal. In most cases, the laser is used in place of traditional instruments such as a drill or a scalpel. This is more comfortable for the patient and usually leads to less bleeding during surgery. Some patients report less anxiety about treatment as well. All of these treatments provide patients with effective results that require little-to-no recovery periods. Patients can enjoy their healthier smiles sooner, thanks to the fast-acting nature of laser dentistry!
What Are the Benefits of Laser Dentistry?
The benefits of laser dentistry are:
Reduced Need For Anesthesia
Laser dentistry uses gentle, focused light to sterilize teeth during the process of decay removal. Because the light is painless and requires no needles for numbing, you can experience less discomfort during your next dental treatment.
Shorter recovery time
One of the biggest benefits of laser dentistry is that it typically has a shorter recovery time than other treatments. This is especially the case when it comes to treating cavities. When a child has a cavity, it’s usually taken care of with fluoride treatment or silver diamine fluoride, which is a liquid that can be applied directly onto the tooth. However, if the decay is extensive, the tooth will need to have a small hole drilled into it so that it can be addressed with a filling. Lasers can be used for the filling process instead, making them faster, more effective, and more widely used than the traditional fillings of the past. With safe laser treatments available at your dentist’s office, patients can look forward to a fast recovery process and a beautiful smile that will last for years.
Laser dentistry can numb the gums before a procedure, helping to eliminate pain. Lasers can also target specific areas to remove tissue and bacteria that are causing you problems so that the area can heal naturally.
Less Bleeding and Swelling
Patients often experience less bleeding and swelling with laser dentistry than with other procedures. This is because lasers cauterize as they work, which reduces the amount of blood in the treated areas. They also kill bacteria and germs on the spot during the procedure so that they don’t have a chance to cause infection later.
Less Risk of Damage
Lasers are very precise and can treat just one tooth or small areas of your mouth, meaning there is less risk of damage to surrounding tissues or structures.
Lasers stimulate the body’s natural healing response, so wounds heal more quickly.
No Stitches Required
The laser cauterizes the tissue that is diseased; there is no need for stitches; the infected tissue is simply removed with the laser.
Avoid Multiple Visits
Patients can get their gum disease or other oral conditions treated without having to make multiple visits to the doctor.
How Safe are Lasers in Dentistry?
Lasers are safe for adults and children, and they don’t cause pain during treatment. In fact, most patients report that laser treatments are practically pain-free because they don’t require the use of needles or drills for procedures like cavity fillings and gum reshaping. Lasers are also safer because they limit the need for anesthesia or other sedatives, allowing the patient to stay awake throughout the procedure. Additionally, laser dentistry is more affordable because it reduces the number of visits a patient has to make to the dental office for treatment.
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