Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, and in recent times this technology has helped in myriad ways in the medical field. It’s still a relatively new concept in the dental industry but has gained popularity in various dental procedures in recent years. A light beam is concentrated in the affected area to help focus the energy needed to kill the infection in your mouth. Laser dental technology can help treat various dental issues, including root canals, decaying teeth, gum disease, impacted wisdom teeth, and highly sensitive teeth. It is also used for teeth whitening procedures and to treat sleep apnea.
Laser dental treatments have multiple benefits and made them a highly sought-after option to the traditional dental techniques involving drills and anaesthesia. Benefits include decreased infection risks, reduced bleeding and swelling, reduced pain, quicker healing, and an overall comfortable and minimally invasive experience. This high precision laser dental treatment option can be more expensive than traditional treatments, but it’s slowly becoming the globally preferred option because of its multiple benefits.
Hard Tissue Procedures
Diagnosing and Treating tooth decay
Hard tissue laser dentistry treatments remove infected tissue and dental decay, eliminate the bacteria present in your tooth cavities, and prepare your tooth for a root canal or filling. While local anaesthesia is not needed with this type of treatment, laser dental treatments are not ideal for some treatments like replacing certain amalgam fillings or crowns.
Sensitive teeth can be challenging to deal with, but hard tissue laser dental treatments can treat this condition within a couple of minutes. The procedure helps to numb and seal the tubules on the root of the teeth. These tubules make your teeth sensitive to heat and cold. While it aims to deliver permanent relief, the hypersensitivity could return if a further recession occurs in the treated area.
Root canal treatment
Laser treatment can help prepare the tooth for the impending root canal treatment. The laser beam is used to remove the organic dental pulp and clean the dental walls. The root canal is then sealed with the moulded sealant. However, if your root canal is oddly shaped, it’s sometimes better to opt for a traditional dental procedure as standard types of equipment are better designed to deal with this.
Soft Tissue Procedures
Laser treatments can treat gum disease or periodontal disease by altering the shape and structure of the gum tissue, revealing the healthy structure of the teeth. Your periodontist uses laser technology to tackle the root of your tooth and eliminate the swollen gum tissue and plaque build-up around it.
Dental crown lengthening
If you are dealing with a cracked or badly shaped tooth, your dentist may suggest a dental crown that is essentially a tooth cap made to fit over your natural tooth. Sometimes, there may not be enough place on the tooth for the crown to attach to, owing to a badly broken or decayed tooth. In these instances, dental crown lengthening via surgery or laser therapy may be suggested. This is the procedure of removing parts of the gum to expose a more significant part of the crown. The reshaped tooth and gum structure provides a strong foundation for future tooth restorations. For aesthetic reasons, people sometimes opt for dental crown lengthening to remove some gum tissue and bone. This exposes more of the tooth over the gum’s surface, leading to a less ‘gummier’ smile.
Removal of soft tissue folds
Sometimes, badly-fitting dentures or dental trauma can cause soft tissue folds in your teeth and mouth. These lumps can be gotten rid of with the help of soft tissue laser dental treatments. These treatments don’t need sutures and are also painless. Laser frenectomies are used as therapy for babies born with a tongue-tie and unable to breastfeed properly or who have to deal with speech issues because of it.
Laser dental treatments can help get rid of discoloured or stained teeth. The hour-long procedure can grant you a bright set of teeth for a good three years. During the session, the dentist will apply a protective layer over the soft tissue of your gums, followed by a gel applied to your teeth. The laser then activates the whitening gel to do its job.
Treating Cold Sores
Low-intensity dental lasers are used to quicken recovery time and decrease the pain that ulcers and cold sores cause. Many patients observe results within a single treatment.
What Are The Benefits of Using Laser Dentistry
Laser dentistry is a technology based on precision and used in specific hard tissue and soft tissue applications.
- It reduces and even eliminates the need for sutures, drills, and anaesthesia, making it a safer option.
- Less pain, swelling, bacterial infections, and bleeding.
- Lowered damage to the surrounding tissue.
- Quicker healing times.
- More comfortable than traditional dental procedures, which reduces the patient’s anxiety levels.
Laser dentistry treatment procedures can help with an entire gamut of teeth and gum related issues, right from stained teeth to more significant problems like root canals and tooth decay. The advantages of this technology are multi-fold versus more traditional methods using anaesthesia, sutures, and the dental drill. Laser dental treatments are pain-free and efficient, with a quicker recovery period and no side effects. While they are costlier than traditional dental procedures, the constant upgrade of technology will slowly ensure that these laser procedures become more affordable to a more significant portion of the population in future years.
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