Laser dentistry offers a highly effective alternative to painful and noisy drilling procedures. Lasers can now be used to perform a variety of functions, including cavity removal, tooth restoration, and periodontal surgery. Dental lasers can also remove plaque and dental decay from a cavity-affected tooth, preparing it for a filling. A laser beam can also help harden bonding material. Laser Dentistry can effectively reshape gums, remove excess or affected gum tissue in gum disease sufferers and remove bacteria from between diseased gums and teeth.
Uses for Lasers in Dentistry
There are a variety of uses for lasers in the field of dentistry. Lasers can be used for cavity removal, teeth whitening and to harden bonding materials used in fillings. In addition, lasers are used in periodontal care.
Lasers are used for:
- Laser Teeth Whitening
- Laser Depigmentation
- Sensitive Teeth and Fluoride Treatments
- Root canal treatment
- Smile design/ gum reshaping
- Gum lift
- Crown lengthening
- Frenectomies and tongue ties
- Cavity detection
- Periodontal, or gum related care
- Gum line contouring
- Soft tissue procedures
- Curing of restorative materials
- Removal of tooth structure or lesions to eliminate disease
- Cosmetic enhancements
- Lip repositioning
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
There are currently many areas of dental care that are enjoying the benefits of laser dentistry:
- Extreme precision allows the placement of tiny invisible fillings.
- No whining sound previously associated with the dental drill.
- No vibration like in regular dental drilling.
- Decreased post-operative sensitivity
- Great for kids and adults
- Unique, high-tech dental experience
- Minimal or no anaesthesia
- Minimal bleeding
- More controlled swelling
- Reduced postoperative infection/discomfort
- Less chance of infection
- Reduced time in dentist’s office
- Less pain
- Enhance effect of tooth whitening
- No absorption of harmful chemicals
- Improved bonding process
- Quick removal of tooth decay
- Longer lasting fillings Â·
- Faster healing
- Preservation of tooth structure
- A more sterilized environment (dental laser kills bacteria)
For the treatment of canker sore and herpes lesions, the laser can actually decrease the pain experienced by these sores.