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Laser Dentistry – Its’ Advantages & Applications

August 22, 2014

Laser dentistry can be an effective way to perform various dental procedures. The success of a dental procedure through laser dentistry, however, depends upon the dentist’s ability. A skilled dentist, by controlling the laser output and duration of laser exposure on the tissue, can provide precise and effective treatment without damaging adjacent tissues.

If you consider  yourself an anxious dental patient, and are looking for safety and comfort, you should consider looking for experienced dentists who utilize dental lasers for various treatments. Currently, there are very few dentists in Pennsylvania who perform laser dentistry; however, it is expected that the number of such dentists will increase in the near future.

As the number of treatments with dental lasers increases, larger numbers of dentists in Pennsylvania and across the United States will use this advanced technology to provide dental patients with precision treatment, which may reduce discomfort and recovery time.

Advantages of laser dentistry

Some of the notable advantages of laser dentistry are as follows:

•    Dental procedures performed utilizing soft tissue lasers may not need stitches.
•    In some procedures, laser dentistry eliminates the use of anesthesia.
•    High energy laser beam helps in clotting of exposed blood vessels, inhibiting bleeding and blood loss.
•    High energy laser sterilizes the particular area that is being worked on, thus bacterial infections are minimized.
•    Dental lasers are precise; hence, the possibility of damage to adjacent tissue is minimized.
•    Dental lasers enable wounds to heal quicker. Tissues also regenerate faster.

Application of dental lasers

Laser dentistry facilitates dentists to perform various kinds of dental procedures, which they otherwise find it difficult to perform. Today, dentists utilizing dental lasers in their practice have become proficient at incorporating this advanced technology into a number of different dental procedures. Some of them are as follows:

Hard tissue dental laser procedures

•    Tooth preparation / dental fillings: – Hard tissue laser dentistry may eliminate the need of anesthetic injection and the use of the traditional dental drill. Further, when using lasers for dental filling procedures, bacteria found in a cavity are killed; this leads to better tooth restorations.
•    Cavity detection: – Early cavity detection means less repair work and better enamel integrity. Dental laser is a form of light, which easily penetrates teeth and helps detect cavities. The results of cavity detection with dental lasers are up to 90 percent accurate in contrast to only 57 percent accuracy of x-rays.
•    Tooth sensitivity: – With the help of dental lasers, dentists can seal tubules that are primarily responsible for tooth sensitivity.

Soft tissue dental laser procedures

•    Balance out asymmetrical gum line: – Soft tissue dental lasers can reshape gum tissue in order to expose greater amount of tooth structure and enhance the look of a gummy smile.
•    Crown lengthening: – Combination of both soft tissue lasers and hard tissue lasers can reshape gum tissue and bone in order to expose greater amount of healthier tooth structure. This combination technique is known as crown lengthening, and it provides a firm base for the placement of restorations.
•    Epulis: – Dentists can use soft tissue lasers to remove epulis (soft tissue folds caused by inappropriately fitted dentures) in a comfortable and stitch-free way.
•    Frenulum: – A small fold of tissue that restricts the motion of a mobile organ (tongue, upper lip, or lower lip) can be cured using dental lasers. A dentist can also help eliminate speech impediments with the help of dental lasers.

Other applications

•    Sleep apnea: – Obstructive sleep apnea, caused by soft tissue blocking the upper airway, can be cured with the help of lasers.
•    Teeth whitening: – Dental lasers help expedite the bleaching process, which is often associated with teeth whitening.
•    Benign tumors: – Benign tumors from the lips, gums, and sides of cheeks can be removed in a painless and stitch-free way with the help of laser dentistry.
•    Remove old fillings: – Dental lasers (hard tissue lasers) can help dentists remove old dental fillings.

Laser dentistry represents an advanced and precise technology for certain soft and hard tissue applications. If you decide to go to a dentist utilizing laser dentistry, you may find that you feel less anxious and more comfortable during your dental treatments.

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