Laser dentistry refers to the use of lasers to treat many dental issues. It was approved for use in dental practices for operations involving tooth tissue in the year 1987. When compared to drills and other invasive dental devices, laser dentistry provides a more comfortable and convenient treatment alternative for a variety of dental procedures involving hard or soft tissue.
"Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation," or LASER, is a device that produces a highly narrow and focused beam of light. When this light strikes tissue, it causes a reaction that allows the light to remove or shape the tissue.
How Are Lasers Used in Dentistry?
- Cavity detection-By detecting signs of tooth decay, lasers can discover cavities early on.
- Treating tooth sensitivity-Dental lasers that seal tubules on the tooth's root can be used to treat teeth that are sensitive to warmth and cold.
- Teeth whitening-During teeth-whitening procedures, lasers speed up the bleaching process.
- Treating a "gummy smile"-Gum tissue associated with a "gummy smile," in which the gums cover a large portion of the teeth, is reshaped with lasers.
- Removing benign tumors-Tumors on the palate, gums, and sides of the lips and cheeks can be removed without discomfort or sutures using lasers.
- Treating TMJ -Laser therapy can be used to treat TMJ by easing pain, discomfort, and inflammation of the jaw and encompassing muscles.
What to Expect During a Laser Treatment?
You may be surprised to learn that laser dentistry is remarkably similar to other dental procedures. You'll be given anesthesia, though it may not be as strong as you're used to. Some people who are anxious may also be given a sedative. The laser, unlike the drill, will not cause any vibrations or discomfort throughout the treatment. An oral appliance will keep your mouth open while we work with the laser to treat your concern.
Types of Lasers Used in Dentistry
There are two types of Lasers used:
Hard-tissue laser- Hard tissue lasers are usually utilized to treat your teeth. They have a wavelength that slices through bone and other hard tissues, especially the calcium phosphate in your teeth. These lasers may cut very precisely into your teeth, removing little portions for shaping or procedure preparation.
Soft-tissue laser- Soft tissue lasers use a light wavelength that hemoglobin and water may easily absorb. These lasers are great for cutting soft tissue while also sealing any exposed blood vessels. Soft tissue lasers are ideal for cosmetic operations because they provide immediate results.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry over Other Methods
- There is minimal to no bleeding involved in the treatment procedure using a laser.
- There is no need for sutures with soft tissue lasers
- The procedures involve very little damage to the surrounding tissues.
- Chances of bacterial infections are low, and the wounds heal faster than usual.
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