Gone are the days when surgeries and post operative healing was fought with uncontrolled bleeding. Laser dentistry has changed the way our patients heal right within our chair as well as after the surgical procedures. Plus the post laser tissue is far more cleaner and superior looking as patient literally gets a brand new tissue make over after laser treatment.
What is a laser and how does it work?
A laser is an instrument that produces a very narrow, intense beam of light energy. When laser light comes in contact with tissue, it causes a reaction. The light produced by the laser can remove or shape tissue.
Are lasers used in dentistry?
Yes, lasers have been used in dentistry since 1990. Lasers can be used as a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of dental procedures and are often used in conjunction with other dental instruments.
How are lasers used in dentistry?
Dental lasers are used in varied ways. Some lasers are used for surgery, some to cure restorative materials and enhance tooth bleaching, and others to remove tooth structure for elimination of disease and restoration – different lasers for different procedures. Specifically they can be used to:
- Reduce the discomfort of canker and cold sores
- Expose partially erupted wisdom teeth
- Remove muscle attachments that limit proper movement
- Manage gum tissue during impressions for crowns or other procedures
- Remove overgrown tissues caused by certain medications
- Perform biopsy procedures
- Remove inflamed gum tissues and aid in the treatment of gum disease
- Remove or reshape gum and bone tissues during crown lengthening procedures
- Help treat infections in root canals
- Speed up tooth whitening procedures
What are the benefits of using dental lasers?
Depending on your treatment needs, your dentist may use the laser for a long period of time or possibly only for brief moments. However, even those procedures that require only a short period of laser usage benefit from the advantages of laser therapy. With laser surgery, there is a reduced need for local anesthesia, bleeding is minimized, swelling is controlled, and there is usually little, if any, postoperative discomfort. Laser energy enhances the effect of tooth bleaching agents for a faster and more effective result. Natural looking restorative materials for teeth are more quickly cured to greater hardness. Lasers that remove tooth decay are fast and seldom require anesthesia.
Are dental lasers safe?
If the dental laser is used according to accepted practices by a trained practitioners such as ours (Smilez Dental Care), then it is at least as safe as other dental instruments. Just as you wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from prolonged exposure to the sun, when our dentist performs a laser procedure, you will be asked to wear special eyeglasses to protect your eyes from the laser. Lasers do NOT make whining sounds or other annoying noises. You may experience the sound of a rush of air, since air suction is often used to keep the area cool and cleaner. You should be able to relax and be comfortable while the dental laser is in use.
Please feel free to call us at any of the following number 943-722-8500 if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment.