Laser dentistry has been incorporated into dental practice since its FDA approval in 1990. This technologically advanced method utilizes an intense, narrow beam of light that is projected by a dental laser. This beam can shape or remove tissue precisely, effectively, and safely. Dental lasers reduce bleeding and post-treatment recovery times. Laser dentistry causes far less pain than traditional techniques, which is a relief for those who are anxious or fearful about dental work.
Lasers deliver energy in the form of light. In surgical dentistry, the laser is used as a tool for cutting or vaporizing tissue. Lasers are also used for fillings and teeth-whitening procedures. Different dental conditions warrant the use of different types of lasers. Two of the most common, used to treat soft tissue problems, are diode lasers and carbon dioxide lasers. Your dentist will decide which to use after X-rays and a complete examination.
Laser dentistry is a remarkably effective tool for many dental concerns.
Biopsy: If there is a possibility of cancer, lasers can be used to remove a bit of tissue to examine it. If the patient suffers from lesions or canker sores, lasers are an effective way to treat these as well.
Soft Tissue Reshaping: Lasers are effective for crown lengthening (dissolving soft tissue to expose the natural tooth), removing tissue folds that occur with the denture use or certain medications, and reshaping tissue to create a more attractive smile.
Frenectomy: If the tongue is tied, lasers can improve feeding habits and speech ability by removing limiting muscle attachments.
Teeth Whitening: Laser dentistry works to activate the whitening process by increasing the efficacy of particle interaction.
Laser dentistry offers many benefits. During and after treatment, you can expect less pain and bleeding, reduced reliance on anesthesia, quicker regeneration of tissue, less need for sutures or stitches, a smaller risk of bacterial infection, and a faster, more comfortable healing process.