Advantages of Laser Dentistry
Lasers have many applications in nearly every medical specialty including dentistry. For example, a common medical procedure that utilizes laser technology is minimally invasive vision correction. Because lasers offer precision and efficiency, they can reduce the invasiveness of a medical procedure while also improving post-operative healing times. In dentistry, two types of lasers are used. One type, works with hard tissues such as teeth and bone while the other, a soft tissue laser, treats conditions that affect oral tissues such as the gums.
Lasers are also used as a curing mechanism for hardening dental restorations such as composite resin. During in-office teeth whitening procedures, lasers are employed to activate bleaching ingredients that whiten teeth.
Hard tissue lasers – This type of laser is most commonly used to treat dental caries. When cavities are small, a hard tissue laser concentrates a beam of light on the affected area and conservatively removes decayed areas allowing a patient to retain as much of their tooth as possible. Lasers also assist dentists during bone grafting procedures.
Soft tissue lasers – As an alternative to more invasive periodontal procedures such as gum flap surgery, soft tissue lasers are used to open and sanitize infected gum tissue without the need for sutures. Recovery time for treating gum disease is also reduced because lasers seal tissues after they are opened. Furthermore, this type of laser has cosmetic applications. Your dentist can use a soft tissue laser to reshape your gums or remove excessive tissue that affects the appearance of your smile.
Laser dentistry has revolutionized oral health procedures—especially those that require surgery. Because post-operative healing times are significantly reduced, patients enjoy less discomfort and faster recoveries when compared to traditional surgical methods. Moreover, lasers also efficiently improve the appearance of a patient’s smile when used for cosmetic services such as teeth whitening and gum contouring.
To learn more about the advantages of laser dentistry, contact our office at 214-522-4330 to reserve an appointment with our dentist.