Laser dentistry is a type of dentistry in which lasers are used instead of traditional dental tools. Laser dentistry is often used to treat dental cavities, gum disease, and tooth sensitivity. Laser dentistry is used to treat dental issues without harming surrounding tissues.
What are the benefits of laser dentistry?
Laser dentistry offers many unique benefits over traditional dentistry. Laser dentistry reduces or eliminates pain, reduces bleeding, and reduces the risk of bacterial infection. Laser dentistry also eliminates many of the inconveniences that commonly occur when undergoing dental procedures, including:
- No anesthesia
- No needles (some procedures)
- Fewer or no drills, needles, or other tools
- No stitches or sutures
- No numbness
- No swelling
- No excessive bleeding
- Reduced risk of infection
- Need less time in the dental chair
- No anxiety
What does laser dentistry do?
Laser dentistry is used to perform a variety of procedures, including:
- Gum disease treatment (non-surgical periodontal treatment)
- Tooth extractions
- Crown lengthening
- Soft tissue surgery
- Cavity removal
Advantages of laser dentistry
Laser dentistry has a host of advantages over traditional procedures. Here are a few of the benefits.
Many procedures that used to require local anesthetics can now be done with little to no feeling at all. Laser dentistry also helps patients avoid needles, drills, and other dental tools that many find unpleasant.
Laser dentistry makes accurate treatment possible. Dentists who use lasers can target specific problem areas with the laser, leaving other parts unaffected.
Traditional dental drills can be extremely loud, and many patients find this bothersome. With laser dentistry, however, there is no noise.
Unlike traditional dentistry, laser dentistry offers shorter appointments. Using laser dentistry also means that there is a reduced risk of complications, such as bleeding and infection, so patients experience fewer post-treatment problems.
Laser dentistry minimizes bleeding and numbs the area being worked on. As a result, patients experience less pain and require less pain medication.
- Reduced need for anesthesia
The laser can also be used to make dental treatments, such as tooth extraction, less painful by numbing the area first. Many patients don’t need anesthesia at all when having laser dentistry.
Laser dentistry is also useful when a patient has a tooth that is difficult to keep dry during treatment. Lasers cauterize as they cut, sealing the blood vessels and nerve endings, resulting in less bleeding and no need for a local anesthetic!
Laser dentistry is extremely precise, so less of the surrounding tissue is affected, making for faster recovery time.
- Less damage to dental tissue
Using a laser, your dentist can remove decay and infection without harming surrounding tissue. This decreases bleeding, pain, and recovery time.
- Reduced risk of infection
Laser dentistry reduces your risk of contracting a bacterial infection. Bacteria can enter the bloodstream during a root canal procedure, leading to an infection. With laser dentistry, this risk is eliminated.
Laser dentistry uses focused light energy to heal and restore damaged or decayed teeth. Laser dentistry is safe, effective, and painless. Laser dentistry is popular with patients because of its speed, accuracy, and minimal side effects.
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