Laser dentistry is a precise and effective method to perform many dental procedures on both teeth and gums, including:
- Cavity detection
- Reshaping gum tissue
- Tooth preperation for dental fillings
- Freeing up tongue movement
- Tooth sensitivity minimization
- Removal of soft tissue folds
- Crown lengthening
If you consider yourself somewhat of an anxious dental patient and are seeking extreme safety and comfort, you might consider looking for dentists who have incorporated laser dentistry techniques into their practices and treatments. It is estimated that 6 percent of general dentists own a laser for soft-tissue applications, with that number expected to increase over time.
As the applications for dental lasers expand, greater numbers of dentists will use the technology to provide patients with precision treatment that may minimize pain and recovery time.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
The major benefits of laser dentistry include:
- Soft tissue procedures may not require sutures
- Some procedures will no longer require anesthesia
- Lasers aid clotting, so there is minimal bleeding
- Bacterial infections are lower because the laser sterilizes the treatment area
- Damage to surrounding tissue is minimized
- Faster wound healing and tissue regeneration
Application of Laser Dentistry
Dentists using lasers use state of the art precision technology in both common and uncommon procedures. Some of the procedures are not possible without lasers.
Hard Tissue (Tooth) Laser Dentistry Procedures
- Early cavity detection: Cavities can be detected earlier when the laser reads the by-products of tooth decay.
- Fillings: Local anesthetics and traditional drilling are no longer necessary. Lasers kill the bacteria in the cavity, leading to improved restorations. Unfortunately, dental lasers are not appropriate in the replacement of inlays, crowns or amalgam fillings.
- Tooth sensitivity: Lasers are used to seal the tubules at the root of the tooth that are responsible for a tooth’s sensitivity to heat and cold.
Soft Tissue (Gum) Laser Dentistry Procedures
- Crown Lengthening: By reshaping the gums, a healthier tooth structure can be exposed. This provides a stronger foundation for restorations.
- Gummy Smile: Reshaping the gums to expose more of a tooth’s surface can balance a smile.
- Frenula attachment: This is an ideal treatment for infants who cannot breast feed adequately because they have limited tongue movement. This procedure call also help older children who are tongue tied or adults with speech impediments.
- Epulis removal: This procedure removes soft tissue folds on the gums that are caused by poorly fitting dentures.