What is a dental laser?
A laser is a high-technology device that generates a beam of concentrated light. This beam of light brings energy into your mouth to help your dentist remove areas of infection or tooth decay with great precision and accuracy. The laser beam sterilizes the affected area and seals off blood vessels, which minimizes the chance of infection or bleeding. Laser dental patients are much more comfortable both during and after treatment. That’s because, in many instances, the need for anesthetic injections is reduced and in some instances eliminated, as well as the associated side effects. And that means less time spent in the dental chair!
Are lasers new to dentistry?
Shortly after the invention of lasers in the early 1960s, lasers were used experimentally on the teeth and gums. Lasers have been used on a limited basis in hospital dentistry. Recent technological developments have made it possible for lasers to be used effectively in the dental office on patients like you. In fact, lasers are now being used by dentists all over the world. The advent of the WaterLase has opened new frontiers for dental patients. This laser is very different from all other lasers and offers more options and more comfort for the patient due to its patented use of the water cooling spray.
What are the benefits of laser dentistry?
Ability to do more than one procedure in a single appointment thereby saving you time and money
Less need for separate surgical appointments
Increased bone healing
Less time in the dental chair
Less noise than the traditional dental drill
Reduced risk of infection
Less need for anesthesia or injections
Less post-operative pain
How does laser dentistry reduce and eliminate pain?
Heat and vibration are the causes of most of the pain associated with the drill. Since water laser cutting does not transmit heat or vibration, most dental procedures can be performed with no pain, virtually elminating the need for anesthesia in most cases.
Are lasers dangerous?
In the hands of a skilled, specially trained dentist, lasers are quite safe. In fact, the primary safety measure necessary during laser treatment is proper protective eyewear. Dental lasers are low-powered, which is essential for treating the delicate tissues of the mouth. In addition, the controlled heat and light of the laser destroys many bacteria and viruses found in the mouth. We routinely are able to use the WaterLase on both teeth and gums with no anesthesia with comfortable results.
What types of procedures can the laser do?
There are many different types of lasers used in dentistry, and their applications vary. The most common use of lasers is for removing dental caries, old composite fillings, sterilizing infected root canals, bone shaping, apthous ulcer treatment, crown lengthening, apicoectomy, periodontal (gum) treatment and oral surgery.
Laser gum treatment
About half the population suffers from moderate to severe gum disease, yet most are unaware that they even have it. The common perception is that treating gum disease is a long and painful process. As a result, treatment is often delayed as the problem becomes more and more serious.
But technology now exists to treat your gums with a laser. Several different types of laser treatment exist, but all laser gum treatments offer a more tolerable operation and quicker recovery time for treatment.
The laser is applied to the pockets of infected tissue between the gum and tooth and removes the diseased tissue, which in turn reduces bacteria. After all the diseased tissue is gone, the laser is then used to seal the gums back to your teeth as a sort of natural bandage.
Talk to us today and see if you can benefit from laser gum treatment.