What Types of Dental Procedures Can Be Performed With Lasers?
The discovery and subsequent implementation of laser dentistry has provided many positive changes in the manner of performing, healing, and overall results for dental procedures from teeth whitening to surgery and many services in between.
In-office teeth whitening is possible due to the whitening agent’s ability to respond to the powerful effects of the laser. The laser beam activates the whitening gel allowing a patient to brighten their smile up to eight shades in about an hour.
Dental bonding can be achieved when applying a laser to the bonding material to cure or harden dental repairs to correct teeth stains, chips in teeth, close unwanted gaps between teeth, and correct uneven or worn teeth.
Correcting a “gummy” smile” can be achieved by reshaping gum tissue with a laser.
The DIAGNOdent dental laser can detect dental decay sooner and with more precision. Catching decay at this stage means that the required fillings are simpler, preserving more of the tooth.
Lasers are also used at times to perform a biopsy on suspicious tissue.
Surgical and Periodontal Applications
Laser technology can be used to perform various dental procedures, allowing the dentist to make the most precise incisions possible. Advantages with the laser include limited blood loss as the laser actually seals the blood vessel throughout the procedure. Lasers are much more minimally invasive than the same procedure performed with a scalpel allowing for more rapid healing and less discomfort for the patient.
Gum disease has varying stages, but when it has advanced to the more serious periodontitis, lasers to perform osseous surgery have many advantages: Lasers allow for a much gentler approach; bacteria is killed on contact with a laser and the patient will experience less discomfort and swelling.
Overall advantages of laser dentistry versus traditional methods include:
- Elimination or reduction in sutures needed.
- Lasers do not make noise which may relieve anxious patients.
- Need for anesthetic is reduced for many procedures.
- Treatment with lasers is safe and effective.
- Treatment and healing time is almost always less with laser technology.
As laser dentistry gains popularity, its uses and availability will become more widespread. A patient whose dentist offers dental laser technology can be assured they are receiving the most current and state of the art dental technology available.
For more information on the technological advantages of laser dentistry, contact the office of Dr. Melisa Christian and schedule an appointment today.